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Chicago

Known for Universities, Skyscrapers and Scenery

A modern metropolis on the shores of Lake Michigan that’s defined by a love for fine art, baseball and the blues.

How do you get to Chicago?

Stroll museums and parks filled with art, and catch live blues any night of the week in Chicago’s bustling Downtown district. Or catch a lively sports game in this home to the Cubs and White Sox baseball teams, and the Chicago Bulls basketball team.

This metropolis is the third largest city in America, but getting around is easy thanks to the efficient above ground train, the ‘L’. Get your bearings from the tallest skyscraper in the US, Willis Tower, which defines the city’s skyline. The viewing platform, 1,353 feet (412 meters) above the busy streets, offers unparalleled vistas of Lake Michigan, Navy Pier, and other main attractions.

Lincoln Park, just north of downtown, has beaches, sporting grounds and landscaped gardens. Soak up the history of the Windy City at the Chicago History Museum, located on the southern end of the park. Take a stroll through the indoor gardens of the Lincoln Park Conservatory, or spend an afternoon at the Lincoln Park Zoo. This public zoo houses more than 1,000 animals. Brookfield Zoo, 12 miles west of the city center, is more than double the size and features dolphin displays, big cats, a variety of primates and more.

Head back into the Loop district downtown for some of the best shopping in the city, along Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile. It’s a good place for lunch or dinner, or people watching while you sip a coffee or beer. Just south of the Magnificent Mile is the expansive Art Institute of Chicago well worth a visit for its collection of European and American masterpieces that include Monet, Van Gogh, and much more. Nearby is Millennium Park, a meeting place with public art and spectacular summer concerts.

Chicago’s Museum Campus is located in the South Loop, just a few miles by car or a few stops on the “L” from downtown. The Field Museum is filled with natural history, while the Museum of Science has interactive exhibits such as a mock coal mine and an airplane.

Some of America’s most influential figures came from Chicago. Visit the Ernest Hemingway Museum and House, where the famous writer was born. Architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s first house is in the pretty Oak Park neighborhood (called the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio). He designed many houses and buildings in the area, including Unity Temple, considered one of his best. On your way back into town, stop off at the Garfield Park Conservatory, an urban oasis of rare and exotic plants.

No trip to Chicago would be complete without catching a baseball game at the legendary Wrigley Field. At night, head to Navy Pier, packed with lively bars and restaurants. Another option is to head out for a night of blues at one of Chicago's legendary clubs. Check out B.L.U.E.S. near downtown on Chicago's north side or Kingston Mines a few miles north near Lincoln Park. Both of these long established venues have music every night of the week.

Things to do in Chicago

A ferris wheel, shopping, restaurants and more can be found in this waterfront  entertainment district.

Tour the iconic grounds and catch a game March through September at Chicago’s beloved baseball stadium.

A landmark gathering place for locals and visitors who come to admire the unique art, architecture and landscape.

Explore a massive collection of works celebrating different cultures and historical times, from ancient Egypt to modern installations.

Visit the Skydeck and gaze down over the Chicago cityscape from a dazzling 1,353 feet above the sidewalk.

Chicago’s front yard is a pretty landscaped park, which is home to public art displays, museums, themed gardens and international music festivals.

McCormick Place is just one of the places to see in Chicago, so why not enjoy the other things to explore during your travels? Stroll along the lakeside or experience the acclaimed theater scene in this vibrant area.

Visit an African savannah, the Australian Outback and the depths of the ocean — all in a single afternoon.

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Equal parts boat and buildings, this river cruise gives you a from-the-water perspective of Chicago skyline and up-close views of its most iconic structures. Board an open-roofed vessel and float with the current as an architecture expert shares the fascinating history behind the Windy City's most renowned buildings.

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Choose from Chicago's best attractions, guided tours, and experiences with the flexibility of an Explorer Pass. Opt for a pass that's good for 3, 4, or 5 attractions and visit each one on your own schedule.

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Take a breezy spin around the Windy City as you discover the parks, architecture, and jazzy atmosphere of Chicago on a double-decker bus. Get a lay of the land in this Midwest metropolis by bus, and hop on and off at landmarks like Millennium Park, the Magnificent Mile, and the Willis Tower.

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Take in the view from the sky-high heights of the Willis Tower, the second-tallest building in the United States. From the 103rd floor, look out over 4 states and the Windy City's urban sprawl, and then test your vertigo on a glass balcony to peer down at the streets and skyscrapers of Chicago beneath your feet.

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Explore 5 of Chicago’s premier attractions at a discounted price, and enjoy special privileges with either VIP access or Fast Pass admission for most attractions. This pass is perfect if you want to blow through the Windy City at your own pace.

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This once-in-a-lifetime experience takes you on an epic journey through Chicago’s amazing cityscape and rich history. You’ll depart from our downtown heliport, just minutes from the “Loop.

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