Attractions

Our guide to Chicago attractions will help you plan your city sightseeing

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The 50 most beautiful buildings

We round up the most exemplary architecture in Chicago, from the skyline to the suburbs

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The 25 best sights and attractions in Chicago

Entertain out-of-town guests or act like a tourist in your hometown at these iconic Chicago attractions

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Art

The best contemporary art galleries

Look beyond the Art Institute or Museum of Contemporary Art to find cutting edge art in the city

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The 10 best Chicago museums

These well-respected institutions offer informative and inspiring encounters with art, history, science and culture

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Indoor and outdoor ice skating rinks

Dust off your skates, sharpen those blades and pretend you're playing for the Blackhawks at these local rinks

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The best parks in Chicago

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Grant Park

Explore the gardens, fountains and fields of Chicago's "front yard" 

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Lincoln Park

Boasting a zoo, a conservatory and a cultural center, this North Side park is a beast

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Millennium Park

Take a selfie in "The Bean" or see a free concert at this popular downtown park

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Humboldt Park

One of the most scenic spots on the Northwest Side contains ponds, gardens and a historic boathouse

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The best museums in Chicago

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The Field Museum

This massive natural history museum packs glowering dinos and artifacts from a royal Egyptian tomb

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  • 2 out of 5 stars
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Art Institute of Chicago

Flanked by iconic bronze lions, this encyclopedic institution owns more than 300,000 artworks and artifacts

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Museum of Science and Industry

This expansive Hyde Park locale hosts exhibits loaded with interactive bells and whistles

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Museum of Contemporary Art

The MCA galleries house one of the largest collections of modern art in the nation

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Adler Planetarium

Take a virtual-reality trip through time and space or admire the stars at this lakefront attraction

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Attractions for kids

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LEGOLAND Discovery Center

Build and learn with the help of everyone's favorite plastic bricks.

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Chicago Children's Museum

Connect learning and playing through three floors of engaging exhibits 

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Brookfield Zoo

Visit wombat, orangutans, monkeys, polars bears and more

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American Girl Place

Have lunch with a doll or take in a show at this popular Michigan Ave store

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Chicago tours

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Chicago brewery tours

Find you inner beer geek (and drink some suds) at more than a dozen local breweries

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The best boat tours

Most of the city's architectural attractions look better from a boat on the river

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The best Chicago tours

Discover Chicago's attractions, architecture, history and culture on these top tours

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Factory tours

Behind the scenes tours for those who want to see how the sausage is made

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More attractions in Chicago

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Navy Pier

This tourist hot spot features shops, eateries, an IMAX cinema and sightseeing boat tours

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Water Tower Place

Go on a shopping spree at this Michigan Avenue mall

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Wrigley Field

Even when baseball’s not in season, there’s plenty to do at this legendary stadium

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Chicago Cultural Center

This city-block-wide institution now offers free classical concerts, art exhibits and more

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Willis Tower Skydeck

Skydeck views from the 103rd floor allow you to see as far as 50 miles out

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Film

Music Box

For movie lovers who don't care for traditional Hollywood blockbusters there's no better theater

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