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Things To Do In Chicago

Nicknamed the Windy City, Chicago was founded in 1833 and played a major role in the history of the United States.  French explorers, missionaries and fur traders were the first to arrive in the Chicago area in the late 17th century.  Due to the Great Lakes, the city grew rapidly as a transportation mecca.

In 1871, the Great Chicago Fire destroyed most of the city with over 300 deaths, 18,000 destroyed buildings and nearly 100,000 residence left homeless.

The World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 drew 27.5 million visitors and is considered the most influential world's fair in history.

Chicago offers a great range of attractions from museums to Ferris wheels and department stores.  Whether your taste runs toward dinosaurs at the Field Museum or experiencing a birds-eye-view of the city from the Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower), there is something for everyone.

Views From On High

Willis TowerThe observation deck of the Willis Tower will give you a breath-taking view from Lake Michigan to the city's skyline.  An alternative view from the nearby John Hancock Center and Observatory is highly recommended on crowded days.

If you would prefer to view the city while enjoying fine cuisine, take a trip to the Cite Restaurant on the 70th floor of the Lake Point Tower.  Although the Lake Point Tower is not quite as high as the Willis Tower, enjoy a spectacular view while dining on great appetizers and cocktails with family and friends.

Millennium Park

It is highly recommended that all visitors stop by Millennium Park.  The park is located just north of the Art Institute of Chicago and is home to some of the city's most beloved sights.  The Crown Foundation features two gigantic columns with videos screens displaying the faces of Chicago residents.  The faces change every five minutes with water spouting out of their puckered lips! 

Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Park ZooThe Lincoln Park Zoo is one of the most popular treasures for both children and adults.  It is home to dozens of species from lions to puffins.  Visitors are invited to view the natural habitats of both furry and scaly friends.  View gorillas in the sprawling Regenstein Center for African Apes, or visit the Kovler Penguin and Seabird House.  If traveling with children, head over to the Farm-in-the-Zoo to visit barnyard favorites! 

Field Museum

There is no wonder that Steven Spielberg chose Field Museum as home for archaeologist Indian Jones.  Displaying artifacts from Ancient Egypt to Sue the Tyrannosaurus Rex!  This museum offers such a wide variety of exhibits, there is something for everyone and a must-see.

Sue the T Rex

Sue is the most famous and largest Tyrannosaurus Rex ever found.  She measures 42 feet long, 13 feet tall from the hip and has 58 dagger teeth. Sue is the most stunning figure at the museum.

Ancient Egypt

Field MuseumThis is the place for Egyptology enthusiasts.  The museum offers a three-story recreation of a mastaba, featuring two authentic rooms from the 5,000 year old tomb of  Unis Anka.  View hieroglyphs, mummies and a marketplace displaying artifacts from everyday life in ancient Egypt.

The Magnificent Mile

If shopping is in your plans, the Magnificent Mile is the place to go.  Shoppers will find Sakes Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Macy's, Lord & Taylor and many specialized boutiques.  Not only is the architecture eclectically eye-catching, Magnificent Mile is also home to several top-notch eateries and luxury hotels.

Take Me Out To The Ball Game

Wrigley Field is one of the oldest and most historical baseball fields in America.  Join in the fun and take in a baseball game.  Even if you are not a baseball fan, you will enjoy the tour of the dugouts, press box and the team's clubhouse.

Second City

Chicago at NightA night on the town would be incomplete without stopping by the most famous comedy club in existence.  Second City has been around for more than 50 years and has been entertaining audiences with the likes of: Bill Murray, John Candy, Mike Myers, Chris Farley, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Stephen Colbert.  If you want a night of laughter, stop by Second City.