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  • 1. Michigan Avenue

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Walking along Michigan Avenue you can see Water Tower Plaza - a huge shopping mall that has a Disney store and other stores. "Filenes Bargain Basement" is supposed to be discount name-brands. You...

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  • 2. Millennium Park

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    During a very nice VT meet in the Chicago area , a group of us walked from The Bean to the open -air stage and surrounding park to listen to a lovely concert under the sky. The Bean is one of the...

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  • 3. John Hancock Center

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The voice in the lift up the 314 meters to the Hancock Center's observation deck boasted that the skyscraper was the "most recognizable building in the world". Now I think the Hancock Tower is a...

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  • 4. Willis Tower (Formerly Sears Tower)

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Visit the observation platform at Sears Tower/ now Willis Tower (starting with July 16, 2009). The building is 110 storeys above ground. There is a wonderful view of the city and neighborhood from the...

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  • 5. Navy Pier

    4 out of 5 stars

    There is so much to see and do at the Navy Pier! This is an extremly diverse place to visit. it's part amusement park, part ship yard, part shopping destination and all tourist destination! Harry...

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  • 6. Field Museum of Natural History

    My husband and I are HUGE museum junkies. We love to learn, to see new things, and just see how epic museums can be. This place? TOP notch! We loved it, and if we ever go back with the kids, this is...

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  • 7. Art Institute

    5 out of 5 stars

    One of my favorite things to visit at the Art Institute are the vibrant blue Chagall designed "America Windows" which were installed at the Art Institute in 1977. They were designed by Chagall to...

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  • 8. Shedd Aquarium

    4 out of 5 stars

    This is a very nice Aquarium. I enjoyed it a lot! Being from Atlantic City we don't get to see aquariums like this all the time. I loved watching the Beluga Whales the most. They were so cute, and...

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  • 9. Grant Park - Buckingham Fountain

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Clarence F. Buckingham Memorial Fountain, one of the largest in the world, It operates 8 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. daily, typically from April to mid-October, depending on weather. Times are subject to...

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  • 10. Lake Michigan & Lincoln Park

    A visit to Lake Michigan should be on every itinerary for folks visiting Chicago, even in the non summer months. There is a 18 mile path that runs along the lakefront, from Hollywood to 71st Street,...

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  • 11. Chinatown

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    The Chicago Chinatown is I imagine a quite smalll Chinatown compared to other cities in the US. It's well worth a visit and easy to get there using the subway. Easy to reach. I stayed for about an...

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  • 12. Museum of Science and Industry

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    I had the privilege of visiting the Museum of Science and Industry during my short in Chicago. The museum has major exhibition halls of applied sciences and engineering: WWII German U-505 submarine;...

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  • 13. The Chicago River

    One thing i really liked about central city of Chicago is the river. The greeniest I've ever seen. I had a good view of it from our hotel window. Lots of opportunites getting on a boat and ride...

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  • 14. Lincoln Park and Brookfield Zoos

    Recently,I returned to this delightful free zoo on a brisk April Fools Day.Since I lived in Chicago for many years,it has always been a source of joy.This zoo has gotten better with age.This zoo has...

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  • 15. State Street & The Loop

    No ordinary transit system, the Elevated Lines (or L) is rated by the locals as one of the Seven Wonders of Chicago, greater even than the Willis Tower. It's historic, distinctive, and downright...

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  • 16. Wrigley Field - Chicago Cubs

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Wrigley Field is Chicago Cubs baseball stadium built in 1914 as Weeghman Park for the Chicago Federal League baseball team, the Chicago Whales. It seats 41,000 and the guided tour took us behind the...

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  • 17. Adler Planetarium

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Opened in 1930, this is the oldest planetarium in the Western Hemisphere and it is a wonderful place. It has several different shows, a collection of astronomical and location-finding instruments, and...

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  • 18. Frank Lloyd Wright

    I have already discussed this in my tip on Frank Lloyd Wright in general but the Robie House deserves its own tip and pictures. Completed in 1910, this is a prime example of Wright's Prairie style and...

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  • 19. Tribune Tower

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Although the Tribune Tower (1922-25), built for the Chicago Tribune newspaper, is a magnificent example of 'sortof Gothic' skyscraper, with some elements strongly reminiscent of European Gothic...

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  • 20. Millennium Park - Cloud Gate

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    I haven't been doing a lot of traveling lately (as of March, 2013) and although I still have plenty of tips to write about trips over the years I've decided to go through the Chicago categories and...

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  • 21. Marina City

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Two circular towers containing apartments, parking garages and a boat marina were built on the Chicago River between 1959 & 1964. It was the architectural dream/invention of Bertram Goldberg that...

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  • 22. Wrigley Building

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    When chewing-gum magnate William Wrigley Jr. started scouting locations for his company headquarters, he wanted to make a strong impression. He found just the spot on a triangular piece of land at the...

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  • 23. Water Tower

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The Chicago Water Tower is a contributing property in the Old Chicago Water Tower District landmark district. This tower was constructed to house a large water pump, intended to draw water from the...

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  • 24. Cultural Center

    The Chicago Cultural Center, formerly the public library, is a magnificent building that provides an unusual role as a cultural center for the public, with free art exhibits, performances, lectures,...

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  • 25. Museum of Contemporary Art

    4 out of 5 stars

    Recently,I returned to this art museum that emphasizes temporary art exhibits.I saw an excellent array of Alexander Calder mobiles,a fine group of Marisol creations,several fine Andy Warhol...

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    Mar 19, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    As I was writing some tips for a city just west of where I live this morning I found out about this interesting event happening in June this year.

    I wanted to let anyone who lives in the United States and any visitors to the U.S. this summer that there is a very unique event going on. Lincoln Highway is not as well known as its other old U.S. Highway (Route 66), but is actually older (1913 vs 1926) then its road cousin and actually does travel through the middle of the country from coast to coast (New York to San Francisco). Route 66 actually starts in my hometown of Chicago and heads to California.

    Anyway here is a link and a bit of a description for anybody who is interested. www.lincolnhighwayassoc.org/tour/2013.com

    "Join fellow historians and tourists for the Official Lincoln Highway Centennial Tours, headed for Kearney, Nebraska from each coast, for the centennial of America’s first paved transcontinental road: the Lincoln Highway. Antique cars, Classics, muscle cars, ’50s cars, trucks, motorcycles, street rods, and modern cars are welcome to participate.

    You will travel the original alignments of the Lincoln Highway covering many miles of two-lane history, four-lane progress, and even gravel scenic beauty. Travel from America’s urban centers, through pastoral farm lands, over breathtaking mountains and rolling prairies.

    Travelers from the East will start at Times Square, the heart of America’s most vibrant city. You will travel through ivy-covered college towns such as Princeton, New Jersey, and the Amish country of Pennsylvania. From Pittsburgh’s steel and beer brewing industrial history, you will travel through Ohio’s diverse agricultural and commercial mix. Indiana takes you through more Amish farm land, South Bend’s Notre Dame and automotive history and on to Illinois. From Illinois you will travel to Iowa’s farmland across the Mississippi River into the prairies of Nebraska and on to the Centennial celebration in Kearney at the Great Platte River Arch Museum.

    Western travelers enjoy beginning their journey in the urban centers of San Francisco and Oakland, California. After traveling through the state’s agricultural Central Valley you are exposed to the magnificent Sierra Nevada Mountains and Donner Pass before dropping into the deserts of Nevada and the Great Salt Lake of Utah. Climbing the mountains out of Salt Lake City, you will enter the wide open spaces of Wyoming and on to historic Cheyenne for an overnight stop. This is followed by your easterly trek into Nebraska and eventually joining the rest of the travelers from the east for the grand parade of cars into Kearney on opening day."

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