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Chicago's Must See Attractions Guide

'Sue' the Dinosaur from the Field Museum

Info & Map Locations of Chicago's Must See Attractions
Whether you are visiting Chicago for the very first time, or a frequent visitor, listed below are the attractions that you should make a point to experience. Included are parks, museums. landmarks and other points of interest. Each and every one of them is a very special and unique part of the character of Chicago. They are the most popular Chicago attractions for visitors each year. 

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Guide to Chicago's Must See Attractions
 
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Adler Planetarium Museum Campus 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago IL 312-922-7827

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The Adler Planetarium is all about space science and exploration, good for all ages. Open daily except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
Art Institute of Chicago Grant Park 111 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 312-433-3600

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The two famous bronze lions greet you at the entrance to the Art Institute of Chicago; inside are nearly 300,000 works of art in nearly a million square feet of space. It is also a school for the fine arts and research library. Open daily except New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Kids under 14 are admitted free of charge.

Brookfield Zoo Suburbs 3300 Golf Road, Brookfield, IL

708-485-0263

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Brookfield Zoo is home to approximately 450 species of animals on over 200 acres. You can visit the Great Bear Wilderness, Big Cats, Australia House, Tropic World, the Children's Zoo and so much more. There are dolphin shows and a guided Motor Safari tour, as well as plenty of places to grab a bite to eat or shop for a souvenir.

Chicago's Buckingham Fountain at Night

Buckingham Fountain

Grant Park Congress Pkwy & Columbus Dr, Chicago , IL 312-742-7529

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Buckingham Fountain, located in Grant Park, is one of the largest in the world and one of Chicago's most popular tourist attractions. The Fountain runs daily in season, typically from April to mid-October, producing a major water display on an hourly basis.
 
Grant Park
Downtown Michigan Ave & Madison Street, Chicago, IL

312-742-7649

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Proudly referred to as Chicago's "front yard," Grant Park is a public park, 319 acres located in Chicago’s central business district in the Loop Community area. Grant Park’s most notable features include Millennium Park, Buckingham Fountain, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum Campus. The park contains performance venues, gardens, art work, sporting, and harbor facilities. It hosts public gatherings, and several large annual events.

John G. Shedd Aquarium Museum Campus 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago IL 312-939-2438

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The Shedd Aquarium features a number of sealife exhibition aquariums, unique temporary exhibits, an aquatic show and interactive areas. Open daily except Christmas Day.

Lincoln Park Zoo Lincoln Park 2001 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL

312-742-2000

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Lincoln Park Zoo is a world of wildlife in the shadow of skyscrapers. Free and open every day of the year, Lincoln Park Zoo has something for everyone. Meet animals from around the world and relax among Chicago’s most-visited gardens. Grab a bite to eat and do a little shopping at Wild Things gift shop. There is also a carousel and children's train ride.

Millennium Park Downtown 103 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL

312-742-5222

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Hosting over 525 free events each year, Millennium Park is an award-winning center for art, music, architecture and landscape design. Since opening in July 2004, the Park has had millions of visitors, making it one of the most popular local, national and international destinations. The result of a unique partnership between the City of Chicago and the philanthropic community, the 24.5-acre park features the work of world-renowned architects, planners, artists and designers.

Museum of Science and Industry

Hyde Park

5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL

773-753-1351

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The largest science center in the Western Hemisphere with almost 400,000 square feet of exhibit space, over 35,000 artifacts, Omnimax Theater, hands-on exhibits and guided tours. Open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas.
 
Navy Pier Navy Pier 600 E. Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL

312-595-7437

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Navy Pier is a must-see destination for visitors, featuring restaurants, shopping, rides, exhibitions, entertainment, sightseeing boats and more. It's a great place to view Lake Michigan and Chicago's skyline, as well as people-watch.

The Field Museum

Museum Campus

1400 S. Lake Shore Drive , Chicago, IL

312-922-9410

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The Field Museum dates back to 1893, when the World's Columbian Exposition was held in Chicago. Located at Museum Campus, today it is home to "Sue", the best preserved t.Rex ever discovered. The Museum's focus is on the natural sciences. A vist will be enjoyed by all ages. Open daily except Christmas Day.
 
The Hancock Observatory Magnificent Mile 875 N. Michigan Avenue , Chicago, IL

312-654-5019

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From the 94th Floor of the John Hancock Building, you can enjoy 360-degree views of the city, surrounding states and Lake Michigan. A multi-media tour is offered in 7 different languages.

Willis Tower Skydeck

Downtown

233 S. Wacker Drive , Chicago, IL

312-875-9696

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The Willis Tower Skydeck provides spectacular views of Chicago and beyond from the 103rd floor. There are also interactive exhibits and The Ledge, a glass balcony eperience extending four feet outside the building.
 

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