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Point  ($$$) 8.8
stay time indicator 1.0-2.0 hr stay Closed 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  (Free Entry) 8.7
stay time indicator 0.5-1.0 hr stay Closed 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.

Point  (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  (Price varies) 8.8
stay time indicator 0.5-1.5 hr stay Closed now Check Hours of Operation
Theatre

Local Favorite, Wheelchair Accessible, Trendy, Movie Night

230 W North Ave, chicago

The improv comedy club has launched some of the biggest names in the business, including John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Mike Myers, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey, and about 500 others. They also offer improv lessons. The comedy shows are filled with never-ending laughter. There are many levels of shows, from amateur to professional, with their own charms. It is the oldest running improv club.

Point  (Free Entry) 8.2
stay time indicator 0.75-1.5 hr stay Closed 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.

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6. 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) 8.6
stay time indicator 0.5-1.5 hr stay Open now Check Hours of Operation
Scenic, Architecture, Hike

Local Favorite, Wheelchair Accessible, Dog Friendly, Breathtaking Views, Famous, Family Fun, Free Entry, Lush, Sightseeing Tours, Walking Around, People Watching, Romantic

Riverwalk, chicago

The 1.25-mile path from the lakefront to Lake Street, Chicago Riverwalk, is an open, pedestrian waterfront located on the Chicago River in downtown Chicago. It connects four distinct districts; The Confluence, The Arcade, The Civic, and the Esplanade, with many places to stop and relax, various tours, and food vendors. The riverwalk offers glamorous architectural views of the city and refuge from the city's hustle and bustle.

stay time indicator 1.5-2.0 hr stay Closed 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.