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Point  ($$) 9.5
stay time indicator 1.0-2.0 hr stay Open now Check Hours of Operation
Architecture, Skyscraper, Landmark

Local Favorite, Wheelchair Accessible, Trendy, Breathtaking Views, Famous, Family Fun, Exhibitions, Souvenirs, Photography

233 S Wacker Dr, chicago

Willis tower, formerly the Sears Tower, is a 110-story skyscraper, and this skyscraper is Chicago's most dominant structure and 2nd tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. On a clear day, one can see approximately 40-50 miles (65 - 80 kilometers), allowing one to easily see four states – Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Skydeck has a ledge glass box extending 4.3 feet from the Skydeck, providing a clear view of 1,353 straight down.

stay time indicator 0.5-1.0 hr stay Open now Check Hours of Operation
Scenic, Skyscraper, Landmark

Local Favorite, Wheelchair Accessible, Shopping, Breathtaking Views, Family Fun, Exhibitions, Walking Around, People Watching, Concerts, Sightseeing, Private Events

875 N Michigan Ave, chicago

360 Chicago is an observatory located on the 94th floor of the historic John Hancock Center in the heart of downtown Chicago. It offers breathtaking views of the city and Lake Michigan from over 1,000 feet above the Magnificent Mile. Visitors can also experience "The Tilt" for an additional fee; a series of floor-to-ceiling windows slowly tilt outside the building to 30°. There is also a Bar (CloudBar) to enjoy a drink (or two) while overlooking the view.

Point  (Free Entry) 9.0
stay time indicator 1.0-2.0 hr stay Open now Check Hours of Operation
Public Park, Landmark, Sightseeing

Local Favorite, Wheelchair Accessible, Shopping, Breathtaking Views, Family Fun, Exhibitions, Walking Around, People Watching, Concerts, Sightseeing, Private Events, Kids Friendly

201 East Randolph Street, chicago

Once a space for railways, now a lively, spectacular gathering spot located in the heart of the city and a destination for Chicagoans and visitors alike. The view is super exciting; the park is full of joy, happiness, and cheerfulness. Boeing Gallery in the park exhibits public art. Cloud Gate (The Bean), Crown Fountain, and Lurie Garden are famous places to see and relax in the park. The beautiful BP Bridge connects Millennium Park and Maggie Daley Park (another great attraction). Wrigley Square and Jay Pritzker Pavilion are also additional favorite attractions.

Point  ($$$) 8.9
stay time indicator 2.0-3.0 hr stay Open now Check Hours of Operation
Museum, Artsy, Landmark

Local Favorite, Wheelchair Accessible, Private Events, Birthday Parties

1400 S DuSable Lake Shore Dr., chicago

Named after Marshall Field, who donated $1 million to build the museum, The natural history museum has nearly 40 million artifacts and specimens, showcasing 4.5+ billion years of history. One cannot see so many artifacts in a day, let alone a few hours, so visitors should devise a plan beforehand on what to cover. There are additional exhibits that cost extra.

Point  ($$$) 8.8
stay time indicator 1.0-2.0 hr stay Open now Check Hours of Operation
Aquarium, Landmark

Local Favorite, Walking Around, Wildlife, Sea World, Aquarium, Educational Workshops, Kids Friendly

1200 S DuSable Lake Shore Dr., chicago

Shedd Aquarium, a national historic landmark, has been home to more than 32,000 unique animals since 1930. It welcomes more than 2 million visitors to meet beluga whales and bluegills, rockhopper penguins and rockfish, alligators and an alligator snapping turtle, and so much more from the world's oceans, lakes, rivers, and reefs. Several permanent exhibits at Shedd include Waters of the World, Caribbean Reef, Amazon Rising, Wild Reef, Stingray Touch, Oceanarium, Fantasea, One World, and 4D Theater.

Point  ($$) 8.7
stay time indicator 1.5-3.0 hr stay Closed now Check Hours of Operation
Architecture, Planetarium

Wheelchair Accessible, Trendy, Family Fun, Exhibitions, Educational Workshops, Movie Night, Private Events, Kids Friendly

1300 S. DuSable Lake Shore Dr, chicago

The Adler Planetarium museum is dedicated to studying astronomy and astrophysics, founded by Max Adler. The planetarium is a twelve-sided building that includes two sky theaters. The theaters depict the night sky and allow visitors an up-close look at distant planets, moons, and galaxies. There are full-size theaters, extensive space science exhibitions, and a significant collection of antique scientific instruments and print materials. Its exhibits Astronomy in Culture, Chicago’s Night Sky, Mission Moon, Our Solar System, Planet Explorers, Space Visualization Lab, Telescopes: Through the Looking Glass, The Universe: A Walk Through Space and Time, and many more.

Point  (Price varies) 8.8
stay time indicator 0.5-1.5 hr stay Open now Check Hours of Operation
Architecture, Historic Place, Landmark

Local Favorite, Wheelchair Accessible, Guided Tours, Family Fun, People Watching, Behind The Scenes Tours

1060 W Addison St, chicago

The home of the Chicago Cubs, originally known as Weeghman Park, was built in 1914. A unique piece of sports history still stands while most other venues get knocked down and rebuilt, it is the second oldest ballpark. An iconic landmark, it is known for its ivy-covered brick outfield wall and hand-turned scoreboard. Visitors can see this place from the outside for free or buy tour tickets to go inside, and they can also purchase tickets on the game day to get the real experience. The games are fun and exciting, regardless of the outcome.

Point  (Free Entry) 8.5
stay time indicator 1.0-3.0 hr stay Open now Check Hours of Operation
Zoo

Local Favorite, Wheelchair Accessible, Trendy, Family Fun, Free Entry, Exhibitions, Walking Around, People Watching, Birding, Wildlife, Sightseeing, Private Events, Birthday Parties, Kids Friendly

2001 North Clark Street, chicago

This 35-acre, beautifully landscaped zoo is the only privately managed free zoo in the USA. Established in 1868 has one of the best collections of gorillas and chimpanzees in the world. They are home to snow leopards, sea lions, penguins, Stilts, polar bears, snakes, and many more. There are plenty of hands-on exhibits, with displays set up to be informative and engaging.

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9. Navy Pier
 (Free Entry) 8.5
stay time indicator 1.0-3.0 hr stay Open now Check Hours of Operation
Piers And Boardwalk, Landmark, Novelty Attraction

Local Favorite, Wheelchair Accessible, Trendy, Dine In, Shopping, Family Fun, Free Entry, Exhibitions, Walking Around, People Watching, Sightseeing, Photography, Music, Movie Night

600 E Grand Ave, chicago

Chicago's lakefront treasure, Navy Pier, is 50 acres of unparalleled attraction space. Nearly nine million people visit Navy Pier annually, making it the most visited attraction in Illinois and the Midwest. There are many indoor and outdoor attractions at Navy Pier, such as Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Chicago Children's Museum, impressively large Centennial Wheel, Carousel, Drop Tower, Navy Pier Beer Garden, and many more. You will also find shops, eateries, and theatres.

stay time indicator 2.0-4.0 hr stay Open now Check Hours of Operation
Museum, Exhibition

Local Favorite, Wheelchair Accessible, Private Events, Birthday Parties

5700 S DuSable Lake Shore Dr., chicago

One of the largest science museums in the Western Hemisphere! This fourteen acres museum offers more than 35,000 artifacts, including the World War II submarine, five-story movie screen, 40-foot tornado, and the actual United Airlines Boeing 727, hands-on activities, and interactive experiences with impressive displays. MSI is not a place where you walk around quietly and observe but to explore and expedite.

Point  (Free Entry) 8.7
stay time indicator 0.5-1.0 hr stay Open now Check Hours of Operation
Landmark, Scenic

Local Favorite, Breathtaking Views, Family Fun, Free Entry, Lush, Exhibitions, Walking Around, People Watching, Photography, Romantic, Kids Friendly

301 S. Columbus Dr., chicago

Buckingham fountain, one of the largest in the world, runs daily from early May through mid-October. Visitors can enjoy a major water display for 20 minutes every hour when the water goes 150 feet in the air. It is considered one of the finest ornamental fountains in America.

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12. Grant Park
 (Free Entry) 8.4
stay time indicator 1.0-3.0 hr stay Open now Check Hours of Operation
Public Park, Exhibition, Sightseeing

Local Favorite, Wheelchair Accessible, Shopping, Breathtaking Views, Family Fun, Free Entry, Lush, Exhibitions, Walking Around, People Watching, Concerts, Sightseeing, Photography, Private Events, Various Food Options, Romantic, Kids Friendly

331 E Randolph St, chicago

312.98 acres Grant Park, proudly referred to as Chicago's front yard offers many different attractions in its ample open space, including Millennium Park, Maggie Daley Park, Buckingham Fountain, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Museum Campus. It is home to baseball diamonds, tennis courts, and breathtaking gardens. The park hosts music and food events, including the famous Taste of Chicago event, Grant Park Music Festival, and Lollapalooza, a well-known outdoor music festival.

Point  (Free Entry) 8.7
stay time indicator 1.0-2.0 hr stay Open now Check Hours of Operation
Architecture, Historic Place, Landmark

Wheelchair Accessible, Trendy, Shopping, Free Entry, Free Entry, Exhibitions, Photography, Music, Art Gallery, Educational Workshops, Live Shows

78 E Washington St, chicago

The Chicago Cultural Center, which opened in 1897, is a Landmark housing designed to impress and prove that Chicago had grown into a cosmopolitan metropolis. The building currently boasts two magnificent glass strained-glass domes, including the world's largest stained glass Tiffany dome ― 38 feet in diameter with some 30,000 pieces of glass. It also features mosaic walls, free music, dance and theater events, films, lecturers, art exhibitions, and family events.

Point  (Free Entry) 8.3
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Public Park, Scenic, Outdoor Activities

Local Favorite, Trendy, Hiking, Family Fun, Free Entry, Lush, Exhibitions, Walking Around, People Watching, Sightseeing, Private Events, Picnic, Various Food Options, Romantic, Kids Friendly

337 E Randolph St, chicago

Maggie Daley Park is a 20-acre magnificent recreation park offering a children's playground, a climbing wall, mini golf, picnic groves, a skating ribbon, tennis courts, roller blades, Micro Scooters & Bungee, and a formal garden. It also hosts a popular summer day camp. The park is named in honor of Maggie C. Daley (1943 – 2011), Chicago's longtime first lady, who was deeply committed to improving the lives of children and making the city culturally rich for all its citizens.

Point  (Free Entry) 8.7
stay time indicator 1.0-2.0 hr stay Open now Check Hours of Operation
Sightseeing, Neighbourhood, Shopping Place

Local Favorite, Trendy, Biking, Shopping, Family Fun, Free Entry, Walking Around, People Watching, Sightseeing, Date Night, Kids Friendly

N Lincoln Ave & W Fullerton Pkwy, chicago

Lincoln Park is one of the most affluent and picturesque neighborhoods in Chicago. It's a few stops from the city with many exciting places, including the namesake park (Lincoln Park), beach, restaurants, museums, theatres, shops, and bars. The neighborhood is home to the country's oldest free zoo. Visitors will enjoy the manicured gardens, many lakefront green spaces, and breathtaking city views.

Point  (Free Entry) 8.2
stay time indicator 0.75-1.5 hr stay Open now Check Hours of Operation
Conservatory, Scenic, Botanical Garden

Local Favorite, Wheelchair Accessible, Relaxing, Famous, Family Fun, Free Entry, Exhibitions, Walking Around, People Watching, Concerts, Sightseeing, Photography, Music, Private Events, Romantic

300 N Central Park Ave, chicago

One of the largest and most stunning conservatories was designed by renowned landscape architect Jens Jensen and was opened to the public in April 1908. This two-acre "Landscape art under glass" occupies contains many permanent plant exhibits incorporating specimens from around the world. The beautiful glass building is separated by theme and temperature/ humidity. There is a room for desert plants, one for food-producing plants, and a treehouse room for kids. Beautiful specimen plants, exquisitely well maintained. There are also ten-acre outdoor gardens.

Point  ($$) 8.5
stay time indicator 1.0-1.5 hr stay Open now Check Hours of Operation
Museum

Wheelchair Accessible, Family Fun, Exhibitions, Art Gallery, Private Events, Birthday Parties, Free Wifi, Takes Reservations

220 E Chicago Ave, chicago

A contemporary art museum near Water Tower Place is one of the world's largest contemporary art venues. Visitors can experience the work and ideas of living artists and understand the historical, social, and cultural context. The museum includes sculpture, photography, dance, performance, and music. Museum's collection consists of more than 2,000 works, 2,500 artworks spanning media and movements from the 1920s to the present.

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18. The 606
 (Free Entry) 8.5
stay time indicator 0.5-1.0 hr stay Open now Check Hours of Operation
Trail, Scenic, Hike

Local Favorite, Trendy, Dog Friendly, Hiking, Biking, Breathtaking Views, Street Performance, Family Fun, Free Entry, Lush, Exhibitions, Walking Around, People Watching, Photography, Romantic

1805 N Ridgeway Ave, chicago

The 606 is a former elevated rail line, the Bloomingdale Line, converted into a combination walking, jogging, and biking path from Ashland Avenue to North Ridgeway Avenue. The trail connects to ground-level neighborhood parks, an observatory, art installations, and other amenities. There is a lot to see architecturally, lovely plantings along the way, with many entrances and exits along the route.

Point  (Free Entry) 8.9
stay time indicator 1.0-3.0 hr stay Open now Check Hours of Operation
Sightseeing, Neighbourhood, Shopping Place

Local Favorite, Wheelchair Accessible, Trendy, Dine In, Shopping, Relaxing, Street Performance, Famous, Family Fun, Free Entry, Exhibitions, Sightseeing Tours, Walking Around, People Watching, Sightseeing, Live Shows, Romantic, Date Night

Magnificent Mile, chicago

Visitors can see the Blue Man Group or House of Blues show. There is also "The Comedy Bar" for a fun time. The Chicago Cubs' official store is there if you are into sports. Many eateries are either along the Mile or on cross streets. There are some great street performances on the walkways. There are always some special events; check them out at https://www.themagnificentmile.com/things-to-do/events/ before you go. Endlessly high-end brand-name stores like LV, Burberry, Gucci, and more. Public Restrooms are available at 900 North Michigan Shops, Water Tower Place (835 N. Michigan Avenue), and The Shops at North Bridge (520 N. Michigan Avenue).

stay time indicator 1.5-2.0 hr stay Open now Check Hours of Operation
Scenic, Architecture, Tour

Breathtaking Views, Famous, Family Fun, Lush, Sightseeing Tours, Walking Around, People Watching, Full Bar, Romantic

112 E. Wacker Drive, chicago

Chicago's riverboat architecture tours are well known among visitors and locals alike. The 90-minute tour discusses more than 50 famous historic and modern landmarks, including Willis Tower, Navy Pier, the Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower, Merchandise Mart, Lyric Opera, 333 West Wacker, Marina City, and many more. The tour guide also tells the fascinating stories of how a small settlement grew into a world-famous Chicago city.

stay time indicator 1.0-2.0 hr stay Open now Check Hours of Operation
Museum, Greenery

Family Fun, Lush, Exhibitions, Walking Around, People Watching, Kids Friendly

2430 N Cannon Dr, chicago

This family-friendly nature museum offers exhibits from live native animals to nature-inspired art, from toddler-friendly place spaces to dozens of exotic butterfly species; they are sure to entertain, educate, and excite guests of all ages. They have demonstrations with live animals and displays to engage the senses, which is excellent for children. There are also outside nature trails for families to indulge in nature.

Point  ($$) 8.2
stay time indicator 1.0-2.0 hr stay Open now Check Hours of Operation
Architecture, Museum

Wheelchair Accessible, Family Fun, Exhibitions, Walking Around, People Watching, Educational Workshops, Private Events

1601 N Clark St, chicago

It is a museum and research center for Chicago and U.S. history. Museum offers a variety of programs, dynamic exhibitions, tours, publications, special events, and programming that connects people to Chicago's history and each other. It is excellent for kids and adults to get a basic understanding of the city by going through different periods in history. The Museum Store has many fun Chicago goodies, from posters to Frank Lloyd Wright-style items, books, DVDs, toys, mugs, magnets, ornaments, coasters, jewelry, and more.

Point  (Price varies) 8.1
stay time indicator 1.0-2.0 hr stay Open now Check Hours of Operation
Architecture, Historic Place, Live Shows

Wheelchair Accessible, Relaxing, Nightlife, Music, Dance, Educational Workshops, Romantic, Date Night

800 E Grand Ave, chicago

A Tony award recipient, Shakespeare Theatre runs 650 performances annually with twenty productions featuring plays, musicals, world premiers, family productions, and theatrical presentations from around the globe. It also offers educational programming for students, teachers, and lifelong learners and has been honored with many national and international awards. Recently, the theatre was recognized as a national leader in a white house ceremony.

Point  (Free Entry) 8.7
stay time indicator 1.0-2.0 hr stay Open now Check Hours of Operation
Sightseeing, Neighbourhood, Shopping Place

Local Favorite, Trendy, Biking, Shopping, Family Fun, Free Entry, Walking Around, People Watching, Sightseeing, Date Night

N Damen Ave & N Milwaukee Ave, chicago

Wicker park is famous for being an artsy neighborhood that always has something cool going on. There is something for everyone, including unique shopping places, trendy restaurants, coffee houses, and bars. The neighborhood is home to the historic victorian style homes built between 1873 and 1903.

Point  (Free Entry) 8.5
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Beach, Hike, Scenic

Local Favorite, Breathtaking Views, Street Performance, Family Fun, Walking Around, People Watching, Sightseeing, Photography, Picnic, Sunbathing, Swimming, Lake

1600 N Lake Shore Dr., chicago

One of Chicago’s most famous beaches, it features a unique and popular beach house with 22,000 square feet of space that features something for everyone and is permanently docked along this beach. This sleek, ocean liner-inspired building, decked out in a crisp blue and white, boasts one of the best views in the city. The beach house has upper decks and portholes for looking at the magnificent horizon or the multitudes of bikers, runners, walkers, and rollerbladers streaming down the lakefront trail.