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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
From $40.00
 
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

Parking Tips (15)

Cars get broken into when parked by "El" stations

I had a friend whose car was broken into twice when parking in one of the CTA parking lots near the Orange Line of the "El" train. I have also seen plenty of broken glass in these parking lots. If you...
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midnight_mike
Jan 21, 2006

Parking at Cubs Games

Unless you have no choice, avoid driving to Cubs games. Parking is expensive ($25 - $50 and sometimes much higher), the streets are jam packed after the game, and in some cases you will be trapped...
grkboiler
May 03, 2004

Spothero is the greatest thing I've discovered

I've attended an uncountable amount of cubs games and the parking spots around wrigley seems to be increasing exponentially in price. Even when you park far off by Sheridan and irving park, its $20 to...
ajkwon86
Nov 13, 2011

Parking for Chinatown

Street parking is very difficult to find in and around Chinatown. You could pay at the official Chinatown lot but it is expensive and there's no guarantee there'll be space. Why waste time looking...
claygrace
Mar 12, 2007

Parking fees

The thing that you can pick about is the parking fees. It´s usually 10-15$ for parking or per hour. When we were going around in Chicago we parked the car about 3 or 4 times and paid together about...
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kristii
Nov 18, 2002

Neighborhood Parking

Most of the neighborhoods (gold coast, Lincoln Park, Lakeview, Wicker Park, etc) have designated their sidestreets for residential parking. This means at certain times of day (sometimes all day),...
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TRimer
Aug 27, 2007

Cheap Parking!

I recently used SpotHero to find parking for a trip to downtown Chicago. I was able to buy a spot for only $15 for the whole day (9AM-9PM), right in the heart of the Loop. The seller owned the parking...
php1004
Nov 14, 2011

chicago parking in residential areas

Chicago residents don't like it when you take their spots for an enormous amount of time. I am reading all this cheap parking reviews, but keep in mind residents pay a lot to live here. A lot more...
get.a.real.addy
Dec 06, 2011

Avoid the Chinatown parking...

Avoid the Chinatown parking lot. There are never any spaces there anyway. They charge a huge fee and it is easy to get 'trapped' in there. People park anywhere and you often find the only way out is...
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kimberbakos
Aug 26, 2002

Parking. Make sure you pay...

Parking. Make sure you pay close attention to the parking signs. DOn't think you can get away with parking illegally for just a few minutes. Towing companies are paid by how many people the tow, so...
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J_lynch
Aug 25, 2002

Free parking near city center

Was able to park for my whole 8 day visit without paying meters. I was able to even use the car one day to visit Starved Rock and still found a spot when I returned! Drive along Chicago and Segwick -...
PeterPanner
Aug 05, 2011

Cheap Parking!

I recently used SpotHero to find parking for a trip to downtown Chicago. I was able to buy a spot for only $15 for the whole day (9AM-9PM), right in the heart of the Loop. The seller owned the parking...
php1004
Nov 14, 2011
 
 
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Things to Do Near Chicago

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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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