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Best things to do in Chicago

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Art Museum
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“One of the biggest Museums in America with an amazing collection. The Modern Wing collections and Impressionists are my favorite. Also the best way to bring creative gift is to visit museum shop.”
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Zoo
“One of only 2 free Zoo's in the US. The Right in the middle of Lincoln park and close to the lake. It's great to stumble into unexpectedly. Can get crowded on summer weekends. There is pay parking nearby. ”
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Baseball Stadium
“ Baseball game, drinking and eating at bars and restaurant in the lively neighborhood around the Wrigley. ”
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Neighborhood
“Millennium Park is definitely worth seeing. You can find a lot of historic and modern sights, as well as the Chicago Art Institute in the park. During the summer time you can enjoy concerts, festivals and outdoor activities out there.”
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Pier
“Has a ferris wheel, games, arcades, plenty of shopping, restaurants, boat tours and the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre.”
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History Museum
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“Located at the south end of Grant Park, the Field Museum houses artifacts of natural and human history, including Sue the T-Rex, and an Egyptian tomb. Special exhibits often require separate tickets, see their website for details.”
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Aquarium
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“Great place for indoor activities. View of the city from the aquarium is amazing.”
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Taco Place
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“Whiskey/Tacos/Beer. Big star has some of the best of each at very reasonable prices and one of the very best patios in city. Heart of Wicker Park. ”
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Neighborhood
“The Magnificent Mile is Chicago’s premier commercial district. The vibrant, bustling area is home to upscale shops, luxe fashion outlets, cool restaurants and posh hotels. Landmarks include the historic Chicago Water Tower, the neo-Gothic Tribune Tower, the terracotta Wrigley Building skyscraper and the 100-story John Hancock Center, which has a rooftop observation deck with fine dining and panoramic city views.”
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Outdoor Sculpture
“Cloud Gate also called 'Th Bean' is one of Chicagos most pictured attraction. The smooth silver surface makes a great background for a fun picture. Located on the edge of Millennium Park it is the gate to one of Chicagos biggest parks and recreational areas.”
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Science Museum
“This museum is a favorite and is very close. Located in the southeast side, take a bus 1/2 block from home and arrive within 10-15 minutes. If you're here for Christmas, it's a MUST SEE for beautiful Christmas trees from around the world.”
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Jazz Club
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“I personally can't stand this place but if you like jazz it's probably your spot! I went on a date here once and the bouncer shushed me, and then the bartender made fun of me for ordering a whiskey sour. But Al Capone used to hang out here so what the hay. ”
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Art Museum
“My favorite art museum in Chicago. Great contemporary shows. Cute little cafe in the ground floor. Free music on the garden on Tuesdays. Free admission with an Illinois zip code on Tuesdays.”
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Café
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“Farm to table that is always worth the wait. If you go for brunch check out their rotating breakfast sandwich special!”
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General Entertainment
“I take comedy classes here and their shows are fantastic- classic place that gave us Tina Fey and many more.”
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Building
“Offering spectacular views spanning up to four states, a one-stop Chicago experience full of interactive exhibits and…The Ledge, a glass balcony extending four feet outside the 103rd floor of Willis Tower!”
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