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Chicago City Trip - Attractions

Chicago's skyline reflects from Chicago's Cloud Gate Sculpture at Millennium Park


What to See & Do in Chicago

Check out what to do and where to do it in the Windy City.

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MUSEUMS




The Art Institute of Chicago
Grant Park
111 S. Michigan Ave.
312-443-3600
www.artic.edu
World-renowned museum with over 30,000 works of art, including Edward Hopper's "Nighthawks."

Chicago Children's Museum
Navy Pier
700 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
www.chicagochildrensmuseum.org

Museum of Science & Industry
Jackson Park
57th & S. Lake Shore Dr.
773-684-1414
www.msichicago.org
Largest museum in the Western Hemisphere with interactive science exhibits galore.

Willis Tower in Chicago is one of the tallest buildings in the world
Willis Tower

Field Museum of Natural History
1400 S. Lake Shore Dr.
312-922-9410
www.FieldMuseum.org
From earthquakes to tornadoes, mollusks to dinos, this massive museum has it all.

Museum of Contemporary Art
220 E. Chicago Ave.
312-180-1660
www.mcachicago.org
Chicago-centric modern art museum, emphasizing works from 1945 to the present with a strong focus on surrealism, minimalism and conceptual photography.

International Museum of Surgical Science
1524 N. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60610
312-642-6502
www.imss.org
A treasure trove of info for those with a penchant for medical lore, history and gore.

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
2430 N. Cannon Dr.
773-755-5100
www.naturemuseum.org
All-seasons, nature-minded museum that's eco-friendly.

PARKS & SIGHTSEEING




Absolutely Chicago Segway Tours
337 E. Randolph St.
312-552-5100
www.chicagosegways.com
Fun and informative Chicago sightseeing tours on segways. Day and night tours available.

Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise
Michigan Ave. Bridge at Wacker Dr.
312-922-3432
www.cruisechicago.com
Comprehensive tour guide for those curious about Chicago neighborhoods, buildings and its cityscape.

John Hancock Center Observatory offers stunning views across Chicago and Lake Michigan
John Hancock Center Observatory

John Hancock Center Observatory
875 N. Michigan Ave.
312-751-3681
www.hancock-observatory.com
Family attraction with some of the city's best views.

Lincoln Park Conservatory
2391 N. Stockton Dr.
Chicago, IL 60614
312-742-7736
www.chicagoparkdistrict.com
Conservatory that showcases exotic plants and serves as a site to grow plants for use in the city's parks.

Lincoln Park Zoo
2001 N. Clark St.
312-742-1000
www.lpzoo.com
Free urban zoo with interesting habitats.

Mercury Cruise Lines
Michigan Ave. Bridge at Wacker Dr.
312-332-1353
www.mercurycruises.com
Lake and river cruises for the whole family showcasing Chicago's world-famous skyline.

Millennium Park
312-742-1168
www.millenniumpark.org
Sprawling park that's the site of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Crown Fountain, Lurie Garden and Cloud Gate.

Navy Pier
600 E. Grand Ave.
800-595-PIER, 312-595-7437
www.navypier.com
Tourist destination with enough food and entertainment to last the day.

Shedd Aquarium
1200 S. Lake Shore Dr.
312-939-1438
www.sheddaquarium.org
Home to creatures from the waters of the world – rivers and reefs to lakes and oceans – with behind-the-scenes tours, a trainer for a day experience, beluga and penguin encounters and more.

Willis Tower Skydeck
233 S. Wacker Dr.
312-875-9696
www.theskydeck.com
Offers killer views from a 1,450-foot, 100-story high building that's the third-tallest in the world.

SHOPPING & LEISURE




Magnificent Mile
Michigan Avenue
www.themagnificentmile.com
Ground zero for Chicago shopping sprees.

Magnificent Mile is one of Chicago's premier shopping destinations
Magnificent Mile

Spa Space
161 N Canal St.
312-466-9585
www.spaspace.com
Serene, stylish spa known for its expert massages.

Urban Oasis
12 W Maple St.
Chicago, IL 60610
312-587-3500
www.urbanoasis.biz
Upscale, healing-centered massage therapy destination.

ENTERTAINMENT




Andy's Jazz Club
11 E. Hubbard St.
River North
312-642-6805
www.andysjazzclub.com
Live music venue that has played host to the likes of Chuck Hedges, Franz Jackson and Art Hoyle.

Buddy Guy's Legends
700 S. Wabash Ave.
South Loop
312-427-0333
www.buddyguys.com
Reputable blues club that's decked with artists' memorabilia.

Double Door
1572 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
773-489-3160
www.doubledoor.com
A popular stage for indie rockers.

The Hideout
1354 W. Wabansia Ave.
Chicago, IL 60642
773- 227-4433
www.hideoutchicago.com
An intimate music venue for live local and up-and-coming acts.

Improvised Shakespeare Company
3541 N. Clark St.
773-880-0199
chicago.ioimprov.com
An entertaining improv theater with a Shakespeare bent.

The Signature Room at the 95th provides fine food and picture-perfect views across Chicago
The Signature Room at the 95th

Kingston Mines
2548 N. Halsted St.
773-477-4646
www.kingstonmines.com
Massive blues club with nightly acts on two stages.

The Second City
1616 N. Wells St.
312-664-4032
www.secondcity.com
Improv and sketch comedy venue with multiple stages and notable alum.

The Signature Room at the 95th
875 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
312- 787-9596
www.signatureroom.com
Picture perfect views (and fine food) RE on tap a this romantic, high-up perch.

Vertigo Sky
Dana hotel and spa
660 N. State St.
Chicago, IL 60654
312-102-6018
Dana hotel and spa lounge with impressive city views and above-average bar bites.

C-View
166 E Superior St.
Chicago, IL 60611
312-523-0923
www.milenorthhotel.com
One of the highest rooftop bars in the city, an event space for private and semi-private parties with a superb view of the skyline.

RESOURCES




Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau
2301 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60616
312-567-8500
www.choosechicago.com

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