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Plan your perfect day exploring the city with our guide to Chicago's best attractions, from museums to tours to parks

The 25 best Chicago attractions
Attractions

The 25 best Chicago attractions

It’s no surprise that Chicago is one of the finest tourist destinations in the country

The 50 most beautiful buildings in Chicago
Museums

The 50 most beautiful buildings in Chicago

The Chicago skyline is filled with stunners, if we do say so ourselves

The 10 best Chicago museums
Museums

The 10 best Chicago museums

Chicago museums are can't-miss destinations

The best free things to do in Chicago
Things to do

The best free things to do in Chicago

Have a ball without emptying your bank account

The most romantic places in Chicago
Sex and dating

The most romantic places in Chicago

Here's where to get all lovey-dovey in the city

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Win the ultimate Chicago staycation

Win the ultimate Chicago staycation

Enjoy a $150 Time Out Market card and a two-night stay at The Hoxton Chicago.

Hamilton

Hamilton

Don't miss your chance to see the smash hit Broadway musical in Chicago

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Morrissey

Morrissey

Everyone's favorite vegan (remember when he shut down all of the hot dog, taco and burger stands at Riot Fest?) makes his first appearance at Raivinia, headlining the summer-long festival's penultimate performance (which will probably be mostly meat-free, unless security starts confiscating salami from picnic baskets). The former Smiths frontman is touring behind his recent album, California Son, a covers record on which Moz takes on tracks by the likes of Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison and Carly Simon. As usual, we can't be entirely sure that Morrissey will even show up—he's canceled several recent concerts in Chicago due to illness, and September is a opportune time to catch a sudden end-of-the-summer cold.

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Gangsters and Ghosts Tour
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Gangsters and Ghosts Tour

This tour visits the locations frequented by some of Chicago's most notorious gangsters along with many of the most haunted locations in Chicago

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Willis Tower Skydeck
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Willis Tower Skydeck

Peep Chicago's top landmarks from high above at the Ledge

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Interior Architecture of the Loop and Pedway Tour

Interior Architecture of the Loop and Pedway Tour

Check out some of the Loop's architectural gems on this walking tour

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Art Institute of Chicago

Art Institute of Chicago

This venerated museum houses a permanent collection of more than 300,000 artworks

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Chicago By Night Helicopter Tour

Chicago By Night Helicopter Tour

Fly over the city after dark to see the skyline lit up 

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The best Chicago tours

The 14 best Chicago boat tours
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The 14 best Chicago boat tours

See more of the city by water this year

The 31 best Chicago breweries and taprooms
Bars

The 31 best Chicago breweries and taprooms

Sip your way through Chicago's best suds on a brewery tour

The best crime tours of Chicago
Things to do

The best crime tours of Chicago

Some of these tours will chill you to the bone

The top 10 Chicago tours that you should go on
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The top 10 Chicago tours that you should go on

These are, in our opinion, the best ways to discover Chicago's best attractions

Chow down on a Chicago food tour
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Chow down on a Chicago food tour

Sample all of Chicago's most irresistable eats in a single afternoon

The best museums in Chicago

The 10 best Chicago museums
Museums

The 10 best Chicago museums

These well-respected Chicago institutions are among the top in the country

Free museum days at the best Chicago museums
Things to do

Free museum days at the best Chicago museums

Ditch the hefty price tag and take advantage of these gratis days

The best contemporary art galleries in Chicago
Art

The best contemporary art galleries in Chicago

See original artwork by up-and-coming, emerging and established artists

What's happening behind the scenes at your favorite Chicago museum?
Museums

What's happening behind the scenes at your favorite Chicago museum?

We stepped into collections, laboratories and libraries at three beloved institutions

The best free art museums and galleries
Museums

The best free art museums and galleries

Some of Chicago's best museums and art galleries don't charge admission

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Attractions for kids

Chicago's top children's museums
Kids

Chicago's top children's museums

When the weather turns too cold, hot or rainy, children's museum can be a savior

The best indoor activities for kids
Kids

The best indoor activities for kids

Whether your tot’s an artist, an adventurer or a scientist, they'll love these outings

Top indoor playgrounds in Chicago
Kids

Top indoor playgrounds in Chicago

These spots offer plenty to keep the kids busy—even on the most miserable of days

The best things to do with kids on and around the 606
Kids

The best things to do with kids on and around the 606

The 606 isn't just for runners—it’s also a haven for the city’s smallest set

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