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Millennium Park
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Millennium Park

#1 in Best Top 10 Places to Visit in Chicago

Located in downtown, Millennium Park is the top tourist destination in Chicago. The park features the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Cloud Gate, the Crown Fountain, the Lurie Garden, and various other attractions. Visitors can enjoy stunning architecture, sculpture and landscape design. The park also offers a variety of free events and exhibits.


Art Institute of Chicago
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Art Institute of Chicago

#2 in Best Top 10 Places to Visit in Chicago

Located in downtown Chicago, the Art Institute is one of the oldest and largest art museums in the United States. The museum collection includes thousands of artworks from around the world, books, writings, reference materials, and other resources.

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Navy Pier
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Navy Pier

#3 in Best Top 10 Places to Visit in Chicago

Navy Pier is Chicago's waterfront recreation and entertainment venue on the shoreline of Lake Michigan. Navy Pier is known for family attractions including Carousel, Children's Museum, Cruises, and Rides. Navy Pier hosts outdoor events and free public programs. The pier also hosts fireworks during summer and fall.


Lincoln Park Zoo
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Lincoln Park Zoo

#4 in Best Top 10 Places to Visit in Chicago

Lincoln Park Zoo is one of the oldest zoo in the United States. The zoo admission is free and it is home to about 200 species from around the world. The 49-acre zoo has more than 2,000 individual plants including 100 year old oak trees.


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Buckingham Fountain
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Buckingham Fountain

#5 in Best Top 10 Places to Visit in Chicago

Buckingham Fountain located in the center of Grant Park is one of the largest fountains in the world. The fountain produces a major water display for 20 minutes every hour. During the water display, a center jet shoots water to a height of 150 feet into the air. Beginning at dusk, a spectacular light and music display accompanies the water shows. The display begins daily at 9:00 a.m. and continue every hour with final display at 10:30 pm.


Museum of Science and Industry
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Museum of Science and Industry

#6 in Best Top 10 Places to Visit in Chicago

The Museum of Science and Industry is one of the largest science museums in the world with over 2,000 exhibits. The museum exhibits includes German submarine U-505 captured during World War II, five-story movie screen, 40-foot tornado, full-size replica coal mine, 3,500-square-foot model railroad, the command module of Apollo 8, and the first diesel-powered streamlined stainless-steel passenger train.

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Field Museum of Natural History
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Field Museum of Natural History

#7 in Best Top 10 Places to Visit in Chicago

Located on Lake Michigan shore, the Field Museum is one of the largest natural history museum in the world. The museum collection includes 40 million artifacts and specimens that range from the earliest fossils to past and current cultures from around the world.

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Skydeck Chicago
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Skydeck Chicago

#8 in Best Top 10 Places to Visit in Chicago

The Willis Tower observation deck, called the Skydeck located on the 103rd floor at an elevation of 1,353 feet is the highest observation deck in the United States. The Ledge of Skydeck is the standout attraction of Skydeck: it's an observation deck with a glass floor that offers incredible view of the city, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

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360 CHICAGO
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360 CHICAGO

#9 in Best Top 10 Places to Visit in Chicago

Located on the 94th floor of 100-story skyscraper, 360 CHICAGO Observation Deck offers breathtaking panoramic views of Chicago from 1,000 feet. In addition, 360 Chicago has a bar called BAR 94 and TILT - thrill ride that slowly tilt outside the building.

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Chicago Riverwalk
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Chicago Riverwalk

#10 in Best Top 10 Places to Visit in Chicago

The Chicago Riverwalk is 1.25-mile open, pedestrian waterfront located in downtown Chicago. The Riverwalk includes restaurants, boat rentals, and other activities. It extends from Lake Shore Drive to Lake Street and allows a close proximity to the waterway.