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101 things to do in Chicago

Feeling bored? We've gathered 101 things to do in Chicago, including attractions, experiences and places that you can't afford to miss

Chicago is a city filled with possibilities. Whether it's the place you call home or the site of your latest weekend getaway, there's no shortage of exciting ways to fill your day with fun. You can spend time in the Loop and visit some world-famous museums and cultural institutions or journey to surrounding neighborhoods to scope out local stores and hangouts. We've rounded up 101 of our favorite things to do in Chicago. You can take a look at the whole list, or tackle them by category—the choice is yours. Go forth and explore.​

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Full list of 101 things to do in Chicago

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See the city from a new perspective at 360 Chicago
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See the city from a new perspective at 360 Chicago

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Enjoy a day in Grant Park, Chicago’s front yard
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Enjoy a day in Grant Park, Chicago’s front yard

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See animals for free at Lincoln Park Zoo
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See animals for free at Lincoln Park Zoo

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Check out concerts and public art in Millennium Park
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Check out concerts and public art in Millennium Park

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Soak up some sun at the beach
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Soak up some sun at the beach

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Look down on the city from the Willis Tower Skydeck
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Look down on the city from the Willis Tower Skydeck

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See colorful fish and cute otters at Shedd Aquarium
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See colorful fish and cute otters at Shedd Aquarium

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Tour a WWII-era German submarine at the Museum of Science and Industry
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Tour a WWII-era German submarine at the Museum of Science and Industry

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Hang out with Sue at the Field Museum

Hang out with Sue at the Field Museum

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Take a trip through the stars at the Adler Planetarium

Take a trip through the stars at the Adler Planetarium

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Party on the lakefront at Navy Pier
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Party on the lakefront at Navy Pier

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Root, root, root for the home team at Wrigley Field
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Root, root, root for the home team at Wrigley Field

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Enjoy locally produced art at the Chicago Cultural Center
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Enjoy locally produced art at the Chicago Cultural Center

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Cheer for the Sox at the Cell
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Cheer for the Sox at the Cell

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Watch the Bulls, Blackhawks and bands at the United Center
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Watch the Bulls, Blackhawks and bands at the United Center

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Shuffle over to Soldier Field for a Bears game
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Shuffle over to Soldier Field for a Bears game

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Ignite your soccer fandom at Toyota Park
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Ignite your soccer fandom at Toyota Park

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Pound the pavement or cheer on runners at the Chicago Marathon
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Pound the pavement or cheer on runners at the Chicago Marathon

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Cool off in a public swimming pool
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Cool off in a public swimming pool

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Walk among ferns and flowers at the Garfield Park Conservatory
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Walk among ferns and flowers at the Garfield Park Conservatory

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