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Things to do in Chicago

Chicago is one the most visited cities in the country and is home to groundbreaking architecture, amazing sites and great shopping. It has everything you would want in for a great vacation or weekend trip.

Chicago is known as the friendly city and this is immediately perceptible as soon as you arrive. Everyone greets you with a smile, from the store clerks to the police officers on the street. It's really hard to feel out of place here. Everyone works hard to make sure visitors feel right at home.

Chicago is home to great attraction and things to do. There are great buildings to visit, boat tours to take and shopping streets to hit that will ensure that your stay in America's third-largest city is nothing short of spectacular. Here are the top 10 things to do while visiting Chicago.

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Millennium Park

One of the best things to do while in Chicago is to visit Millennium Park. This great park draws in many locals and visitors alike with its lush gardens, beautiful trees, but also great artwork. The famous Crown Fountain which displays 1,000 faces of Chicago on LED displays is particularly popular especially with kids who love splashing around there in the summertime. The Bean is also a popular attraction in the park. It's a big bean-shaped sculpture which reflects the city and anyone around it. There's also a free ice skating rink in the wintertime. If you're visiting during the summer, be sure to catch the many performances that take place all summer long at Millennium Park.

Millennium Park address: 201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60602 Phone: (312) 742-1168

Navy Pier

Not far from Millennium is Navy Pier, another great place to catch outdoor shows and is full of family fun, entertainment and attractions. Take a ride on the famed Chicago Ferris Wheel, carousel or Wave Swinger, or hop on a boat cruise from Navy Pier to experience Chicago from the water. There are so many great things to do at Navy Pier, the Amazing Chicago Funhouse Maze is particularly fun.

Navy Pier address: 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611 Phone: (312) 595-5282

Art Institute of Chicago

When traveling to Chicago, be sure to visit the Art Institute of Chicago. This great museum features famous artwork from Rembrandt and other less known artists. Many professionals like to take their lunch break outside of this great architectural Chicago masterpiece, so make like a local; buy a sandwich, go to the Art Institute of Chicago, and have a great time eating and people-watching.

Art Institute of Chicago address: 111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603 Phone: (312) 443-3600

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Magnificent Mile

The next thing to do while in the city is to go shopping on the Magnificent Mile which runs along North Michigan Avenue until Oak Street from the Chicago River. This is Chicago's main shopping attraction, and no Chicago trip is complete without it. The Magnificent Mile is home to many of the great shopping and dining services this great city has to offer. During the spring, be sure to check out the blooming tulips along North Michigan Avenue, celebrated every year.

Magnificent Mile address: N Michigan Ave between Chicago river and E Oak Street, Chicago, IL

Willis Tower Skydeck

You can't visit Chicago without seeing it from Willis Tower Skydeck. This rooftop located on the 103rd floor of what was formerly known as the Sears Tower offers a spectacular view of the city, and on a clear day you can see up to 50 miles away. If you can take it, be sure to step into the "glass box" which allows you to look at the city from right below your feet!

Willis Tower address: 233 S Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60606 Phone: (877) 759-3325

Lincoln Park Zoo

Another great thing to do while visiting Chicago is to go to the Lincoln Park Zoo, one of most famous zoos in the world. It is also one of the oldest and was established in 1868, but it still manages to remain modern. The zoo is open 365 days a year, has over 1200 animals from over 230 species, and is free to the public.

Lincoln Park Zoo address: 2001 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614 Phone: (312) 742-2000

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360 Chicago A.K.A.:John Hancock Observatory Deck on floor 94

If you haven't gotten enough of skyscrapers then get another panoramic view of Chicago on the John Hancock Observatory Deck 94 floors above the ground. Between May and September, be sure to catch the amazing fireworks show on Wednesday and Saturday nights from the John Hancock Observatory deck.

360 Chicago address: 875 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611 Phone: (312) 751-3680

Chicago Blues Festival

If you're visiting Chicago in June, they you must visit the Chicago Blues Festival which takes places every year in mid-June. The festival draws in over a million people annually and features a multitude of national and local artists, and is the largest free blues festival in the world.

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Garfield Park Conservatory

Another wonderful place to go while visiting Chicago is to check out the Garfield Park Conservatory, one of the city's biggest botanical gardens. It has amazing flower shows and features spectacular tropical plants and trees that will really be like taking a vacation within your vacation to the bustling Chicago.

Garfield Park Conservatory address: 100 N Central Park Ave, Chicago, IL 60624 Phone: (312) 746-5092

Chicago Cultural Center

If you're in the city, be sure to check out the Chicago Cultural Center the former site of the Chicago Public Library, which features free art exhibits, art shows, musical events, theater and much more. There's also great shopping and beautiful architecture with exquisite mosaics.

Chicago Cultural Center address: 78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602 Phone: (312) 744-6630