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Top 10 Things To Do In Chicago

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Chicago, or the Windy City, is a place unlike any other. It is home to Navy Pier, Millennium Park, and world-famous pizza. If you ever get the chance to visit, consider yourself lucky.  You might be overwhelmed at first with all the options this city has to offer. Here are the top ten attractions you must do while visiting this Midwestern metropolis.


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10. The Skydeck at Willis Tower

The Willis Tower—formerly known as the Sears Tower—is the second-tallest building in North America after One World Trade Center. The Skydeck occupies its 103rd floor and is 1,353 feet above the streets. While visiting the Skydeck, you can stand on "The Ledge." This glass box sticks out of the building and allows you to see over 50 miles and four states. The views at the Skydeck are unparalleled. General admission is $23 for adults and $15 for children.


The Skydeck at Willis Tower

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9. Millennium Park

This massive 24.5-acre park is a popular spot for locals and tourists alike. The park offers free concerts in the warmer months, ice skating during the winter, and art attractions all-year round. The iconic Cloud Gate, better known as The Bean, is located in the park and is always surrounded by visitors snapping pictures. The park is free to enter and sure to give you a warm welcome to Chicago culture.


Cloud Gate, or the BeanCreative Commons: Peter Miller



8. Chicago Architecture River Cruise

Although the Skydeck will give you an overview of the city, an architecture cruise on the Chicago River will allow you to see and learn about all of Chicago's impressive skyscrapers. The cruise will give you insight on the city's vast historical past and allow you take some superb photos. Tickets for the cruise range anywhere from $25 to $40.


Chicago Architecture River CruiseCreative Commons: Hectorlo



7. Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago hosts more than 300,000 pieces from all over the world. The Institute is located on the south side of Millennium Park. Famous paintings like American Gothic and Nighthawks are housed in this expansive museum. The museum is open daily from 10:30 am to 5:00 pm and is $25 for adults.


Art Institute of Chicago

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6. Navy Pier

Navy Pier extends out into Lake Michigan and offers many attractions like the Ferris Wheel, Children's Museum, and Chicago Shakespeare Theater. During the summer months, you can experience fireworks on the pier every week. This family-friendly attraction is open year-round from 10:00 am to midnight.


Navy Pier



5. Lincoln Park Zoo

This 35-acre zoo is home to some 1,200 animals and is one of the last free zoos in the country. Visitors can view anything from gorillas to flamingos to polar bears. The zoo is located on the north side of Lincoln Park and is open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.


Tiger at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, Illinois



4. Wrigley Field

Located north of the Loop, Wrigley Field is the home to the ever-famous Chicago Cubs. The stadium was built in 1914 and is the second-oldest ballpark in the country. Head to the park for an unforgettable experience of Chicago hot dogs and Chicago spirit. If it is not baseball season, you can still enjoy a tour of the park for $25 per person.


Wrigley Field



3. The Field Museum

Founded in 1893, this 350,000-square-foot natural history museum showcases artifacts from multiple eras. One of the most famous pieces in the Field Museum is Sue the T-Rex skeleton. The field museum is open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily for $24.


The Field Museum



2. The Magnificent Mile

The Magnificent Mile is located on Michigan Avenue from Lake Shore Drive to the Chicago River. This street boasts many high-end retailers, restaurants, and luxury hotels. You can also spot the Historic Water Tower, which survived the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 and is the oldest structure on Michigan Ave.


The Magnificent Mile in Chicago, Illinois



1. Shedd Aquarium

This incredible aquarium is home to over 32,000 aquatic species and is one of the world's largest indoor aquariums. There are multiple habitats where you can touch a sting ray, view a dolphin show, and spot sharks and beluga whales. The aquarium is open daily from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.


Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Illinois