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The Best Things to Do in Chicago

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Developed from a free art school and gallery started in the 1860s, The Art Institute of Chicago now holds a permanent collection of more than
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Millennium Park , Chicago
Start your tour of Chicago at Millennium Park, considered one of the largest roof gardens in the world. Sitting atop a railroad yard and a ne
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Science Museum
Indulge your passion for the scientific world at Museum of Science and Industry, the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere. The co
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Observation Deck
Take a look at Chicago from the top of Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, the second tallest building in the country. Still called "Sears Tower"
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Shedd Aquarium , Chicago
Shedd Aquarium contains over 1,500 different species, including fish, marine mammals, birds, snakes, amphibians, and insects. Opened in 1930,
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Observation Decks · Art Museums · Parks
Things to do in Chicago appeal to all holidaymakers regardless of age, taste, or budget. Inquisitive minds can indulge their passion for knowledge at Museum of Science and Industry. Art lovers can admire the works of Old Masters, Impressionist, Post-Impressionists, and American artists at The Art Institute of Chicago, while baseball fans must visit Wrigley Field, the history-steeped home of the Chicago Cubs. Navy Pier--with its children's museum, fountains, and fast-food eateries--is a great place for a family outing, while a guided beer-tasting tour of the Windy City combines sightseeing with sampling some quintessential Chicago treats.

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Where to stay in Chicago

The Midwest's major center for business conventions, Chicago boasts many affordable places to stay, with most hotels located around the airport and the city's central business district. To discover the city from a comfortable base within walking distance of most tourist attractions, aim for one of the big chain hotels in the downtown area. If you're traveling on a limited budget and wish to get a deeper sense of Chicago's many diverse neighborhoods, consider staying away from the pricey city center and explore suburbs on a commuter train line for easy city access.
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