Visit this world-class aquarium to get an up-close view at exotic marine animals in a diverse array of habitats. Head to the Caribbean Reef and watch divers feed sea turtles, stingrays, sharks and tropical fish. Check out the Oceanarium, where dolphins and beluga whales cavort. The Wild Reef is the best simulation of an actual underwater experience without actually getting you wet.
Art Institute of Chicago
Boasting one of the best and most extensive collections of art in the world, the Art Institute of Chicago is a Windy City “must see” attraction. Exhibits range from the works of Monet and Suerat and the iconic “American Gothic,” to contemporary works by Picasso, Matisse, Dali, Pollock, and Warhol and more.
Inside a stunning, twelve-sided building on Lake Michigan, visitors will find fascinating exhibits on the planets, moons, galaxies and the sun along with three extraordinary theaters showing mind-blowing interactive virtual reality shows on all aspects of the solar system.
Field Museum of Natural History
Behind its massive Roman columns, this nine-acre, light-filled museum showcases exhibits on paleontology, geology, botany, anthropology and more. Highlights among the museum’s 20 million pieces include two enormous elephants and a Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton known as “Sue.”
Ascend to Skydeck’s dizzying heights and take in jaw-dropping views across four states. This glass balcony extends four feet outside the 103rd floor of Willis Tower, which at 1,353 feet is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.
360 Chicago (John Hancock Building)
Take a 40-second elevator ride up 1,000 feet to the roof the John Hancock Building and marvel at views that stretch out to as much as 80 miles, along with a restaurant and lounge and interesting exhibits in four languages.
Museum of Science and Industry
Wander among over 2,000 interactive exhibits including the Zephyr (a train that once set a land-speed record), the Idea Factory, which teaches kids in such a fun way they forget they’re learning, an authentic coal mine replica and
the U-505, an actual German submarine captured during World War II.
You’ll find a little bit of everything at this 100-year-old attraction, including an IMAX theater, live Shakespeare performances, a fifteen-story Ferris Wheel just like the one at Chicago's 1893 World's Fair and the famous Chicago Children's Museum.
Museum of Contemporary Art
This Museum’s three floors house contemporary artworks and exhibits ranging from sculpture and photography to dance, performance and music.
This pedestrian-friendly waterfront promenade featuring restaurants, benches, boat rentals, and other activities is located on the south bank of the Chicago River, extending from Lake Shore Drive to Franklin Street.
Millennium Park is Chicago’s entertainment epicenter throughout the year with outdoor summer concerts at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, ice skating and Christmas lights in the winter and year round attractions like the Cloud Gate sculpture and Crown Fountain, which features two 50-foot glass block towers at each end of a shallow reflecting pool.
Cheer on the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs at one of the most iconic ballparks in baseball.
U.S. Cellular Field
Catch Major League Baseball’s Chicago White Sox in action at this state-of-the-art ballpark.
Watch one of the most legendary franchises in the National Football League, the Chicago Bears, in action at Soldier Field.
Cheer on the NBA’s Chicago Bulls and the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks at this world-class sports and entertainment arena.
Lincoln Park Zoo
Founded in 1868, America’s oldest free public zoo is home to an ape house, an aviary and a working replica of a Midwestern farm. Notable residents include elephants, giraffes, sea lions, gorillas, reptiles and a rare Siberian tiger.
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