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What to see in Chicago

Chicago Attractions


What this city lacks in New York bravado and LA style, Chicago makes up for in the astonishing variety of its architecture, vibrant culture, and thriving art scene, all of which are highlighted by the Art Institute of Chicago. It is also a truly family-friendly destination, with world-class attractions such as the Field Museum and Shedd Aquarium to delight the whole family.

With so much to see, it's worth getting a sense of perspective from the start. Visit the John Hancock Observatory or the Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) Skydeck for views of the city from breathtakingly high up. Then check out Navy Pier for a 3D motion simulation of Chicago's fascinating history and exciting future. Afterwards, hop on a boat tour departing from the adjoining pier to explore the waterfront area.

A good option for visitors is the Go Chicago Card which gives discounted admission to all the city's key attractions, shopping and dining discounts, various free tours, and a guide book. A Go Chicago Card also allows you to skip some long queues, which can be useful in peak season. The card is available from a number of tour operators or online, and costs upwards of $95 for adults.


360 Chicago

The John Hancock building is Chicago's third highest skyscraper. Located on the 94th floor, 1,000 feet (305m) above street…

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Art Institute of Chicago

An impressive pair of bronze lions guards the entrance to the Art Institute of Chicago, a museum which houses one of…

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Buckingham Fountain

Often referred to as the city's front yard, Buckingham Fountain is one of the Chicago's most popular attractions. Located…

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Chicago Beaches

While Chicago is not well-known as a beach holiday destination, its position on the shore of Lake Michigan gives the…

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Chicago Botanic Gardens

With plenty of wide-open space for kids to run around, the Botanic Gardens is one of Chicago's most beautiful attractions.…

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Chicago History Museum

Chicago has a colourful and fascinating history, ranging from devastating fires to gangster assassinations. The Chicago…

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Chicago Loop

Stunning public art adorns downtown Chicago, created by world-renowned artists such as Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, Alexander…

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Frank Lloyd Wright's Home

America's most renowned architect lived and worked in this complex, which served as private studio and architectural…

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Magnificent Mile

The stretch of Michigan Avenue in Chicago that runs from Chicago River to Oak Street is known as the Magnificent Mile.…

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Millennium Park

Millennium Park is one of Chicago's most popular destinations and is seen by Chicagoans as the crowning glory of their…

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Navy Pier

Situated on Chicago's lakefront, Navy Pier has developed into one of the city's main tourist destinations, offering year-round…

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Rockford

Illinois' second city, Rockford, set in rolling hills, is just northwest of Chicago. It is worth a visit for culture…

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Route 66 Sign

The world-famous Route 66 is colloquially known as the 'Main Street of America' or the 'Mother Road'. This is because…

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Sears Tower (Willis Tower)

'You haven't seen Chicago until you've seen it from the Skydeck' is what many visitors will hear from locals and other…

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