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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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Science Museum
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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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Park
Millennium Park , Chicago
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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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Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Experience one of the world’s most beautiful cities on a cruise down the historic Chicago River. On this architecture cruise, head down the main branch of the Chicago River, up the north branch to the East Bank Club, and then south past Willis Tower (Sears Tower) to the old Post Office Building. Take in magnificent city skyline views as you see more than 40 notable buildings, including the John Hancock Center and the Wrigley Building, and learn about their distinctive architecture from your onboard guide, an expert in architecture.
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Observation Deck
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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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An upscale shopping district, The Magnificent Mile, lives up to its name with a selection of high-end stores, luxurious restaurants, and hote
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Chicago

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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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