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Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
"Board the open-top double-decker bus at any of the 14 stops to start your hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour of Chicago and listen to live commentary through provided earphones to find out fun facts about the city and its iconic architecture. 

The full circuit takes about about 2 hours but you can hop off and back on as many times as you like within a 24- 48- or 72-hour period depending on option selected when booking. Buses run regularly giving you flexibility to discover the city at your leisure. The bus route takes you through Grant Park
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Chicago Evening Express Segway Tour
"TOUR HIGHLIGHTSThe Field Museum - The Field Museum was founded to house the biological and anthropological collections assembled for the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893. The Field is the current home to Sue the famous T. Rex and the Lions of gardens and public sculptures. Chicago's ""front yard"" includes Buckingham Fountain as its central focal point.The Lakefront/Monroe Harbor - Cruise along the edge of Lake Michigan speckled with sailboats with Navy Pier as its impressive backdrop.Shedd Aquarium and Oeanarium - Opened to the public in December 1929 at the time it was the world's largest inland aquarium. One of the first animals to arrive is currently its oldest resident: Grandad an African Lungfish acquired in 1933.Soldier Field - Soldier Field is the current home to the Chicago Bears who moved in 1970 from their original home at Wrigley Field. Originally built in 1924 as a dedication to fallen war veterans Soldier Field underwent a $600 million renovation in 2003 and is now a staple of Chicago's magnificent skyline.Chicago's World Class Skyline - See the architectural wonders that comprise one of the most beautiful skylines in the world. < intimate experience. Discover what it's like to be a Windy City celebrity as everyone turns to watch you glide by!Note: All Segway riders must be at least 12 years of age to participate."
From $50.00
 
Chicago CityPass
"Chicago CityPASS includes entry to: Shedd Aquarium (includes VIP entry to Waters of the World galleries Amazon Rising Wild Reef Abbott Oceanarium Polar Play Zone Amphibians special exhibit and Stingray Touch (May to October) plus your choice of a 4-D Experience. The Field Museum (includes All-Access Pass
From $98.00

Architecture &amp; Public Art (outdoor) Tips (76)

The Fountain of Time

If you're in the University of Chicago area, have a look at this massive concrete sculpture (it was originally supposed to be carved in granite).It dates from 1915, sculptor Lorado Taft (whose...
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leics
May 02, 2013

Charnley-Persky House

I've passed by the Charnley-Persky House before, access is only available to the public on a couple of days and at very limited times so I had never been inside. We were able to visit during Chicago's...
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Dabs
Oct 21, 2012

The Marquette building

I was surprised at how easy it is to enter the lobby areas of some Chicago buildings and have a browse around without being thrown out. The Marquette is most definitely one lobby into which you should...
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leics
Oct 17, 2012

Find the Picasso.....

This is an odd one (though not as odd as the Miro, imo).Picasso's 50-foot-high sculpture was 'a gift to the people of Chicago' and has no official title. Like the Miro, it was not constructed by the...
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leics
Oct 15, 2012

Find the Miro....

This 39-foot-high sculpture is supposed to represent a 'great earth mother'. It's actually called 'Miro's Chicago' (although it was originally called 'The Sun, the Moon and one star')and was not...
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leics
Oct 15, 2012

Old Town - on Wells St

Just wandering home to my friend's condo... Lots of fun architecture and city art! Good times!Home to Second City, Zanies Comedy Club, the Red Orchid Theatre, the Bijou Theatre, &amp; the Stanley Paul...
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ChicagoHeidi
Apr 04, 2011

Baroque Mansion in Lincoln Park

The Dewes mansion at 503 W. Wrightwood is often derided by more discerning architectural critics. The AIA Guide to Chicago refers to it as the "Prussian confection" while others kindly call it...
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TRimer
Apr 04, 2011

St. Andrew's Greek Orthodox Church

St. Andrew's Greek Orthodox Church is a beautiful church and is worth a look if you are in the neighborhood near the Loyola campus. The parish was founded in 1926 and the church at the present...
grkboiler
Apr 04, 2011

Statues-General Logan

The statue is of General John Alexander Logan who fought in the Civil War on the side of the Union (north) and went on to be an Illinois Congressman. But what I thought was interesting about his story...
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Dabs
Apr 04, 2011

McCormick Place Convention Center

As it turned out, the IEEE exposition and convention I attended in Chicago was being held along the Lake Michigan shoreline not very far south of the historic skyscraper area in and around the Loop....
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Bwana_Brown
Feb 21, 2010

Charnley-Persky House Tour

The James Charnley House (now the Charnley-Persky House) is a three-story brick residence that was designed in July 1891 and completed in May 1892. It is one of the few major residential commissions...
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schlek2003
Dec 10, 2009

Schlitz tied house

On the corner of 94th and Ewing (Schuba's site lists this one at 92nd and Ewing but it is 94th and Ewing), there's a bar with a globe above the door with the words "Trademark" and "Schlitz". This is...
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Dabs
Apr 09, 2009
 
 
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Chinatown

I lived in China for 2 years, so I had high expectations. I went to Chef Bao for lunch (used to be Lao Hunan), which is food from the Hunan region (where I lived), the food was spot on authentic so...
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National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum

Chicago's Vietnam Veteran's Memorial, located on the Riverwalk between Wabash Avenue and State Street, is one of the largest in the nation outside of Washington, D.C. It features a fountain and a...
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Monument to the Great Northern Migration

This moving fifteen foot tall statue stands at the northern entry into historic Bronzeville. Encouraged by reports from those who went before, as well as the influential Chicago Defender newspaper,...
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Adler Planetarium

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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Soldier Field

The new "spoof" in town is the redux/renovated Soldier Field. Politicians were promised that the exterior walls will remain standing and the interior totally redone. However, they were also promised...
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Buddy Guy's Legends

If you are fortunate enough to be planning a trip to Chicago for January, check Ticketmaster for Buddy Guy's annual headlining weekend events at his own club: Legend's. It is the best $30 that you'll...
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