Sights in Chicago

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Millennium park

Millennium park

Robert Roby

Chicago is one of the largest cities in the United States. Chicago Sights are numerous and varied. The best tourist spots of Chicago will take more than a couple of weekends for you to cover. Some of the must-see and unique tourist destinations are listed below:

The Sears Tower ( Willis  Tower )

For more than three decades from the 1970s to the 1990s, Sears Tower, currently known as Willis Tower, was deemed to be the Mt. Everest among man-made structures. Unlike the Empire State Building, this tower was originally made for business purpose and not as a tourist attraction. The tower still houses headquarters of many big business corporations. The tower is open for visitors every day during the official working hours. The vista that the tower offers of the Chicago skyline and the sprawling city below will take your breath away. If you happen to be at the top section of the tower during the evening, the scene of the sun setting into the horizon and the fascinating view of Chicago city fully illuminated at night will remain deeply imprinted in your mind.

The Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago is located near the Millennium Park at Michigan Avenue. This Institute has a huge collection of paintings of Monet, van Gogh and Picasso. Every year this institute holds exhibitions of paintings, sculptures and artifacts of ancient and medieval ages. The best part is that you can take pictures of many of the exhibits.

Magnificent Mile

Even before we heard of any mega store, superstore or shopping mall, the  Magnificent Mile was the shopping destination for the entire Prairie region. The Mag Mile on Michigan Ave has an array of exclusive big brand shops. Chanel, Prada, Coach are some of the notable world class brands that line along this area. At the heart of Magnificent Mile, Water Tower Place is the most premier shopping destination. This eight-storied building houses more than 100 specialty stores and boutiques and some gourmet restaurants. If you want to shop top-class stores but desire to avoid the hustle and bustle of a usual shopping mall, then the Magnificent Mile is the most suitable place to meet your desire.

Millennium Parky

The construction of Millennium Park began in 1997 and immediately after its inauguration, people started considering it to be the best creation of the millennium year. The Jay Pritzker Pavilion is the most sophisticated outdoor concert venue in the entire world. It was designed by the great Frank Gehry. The Interactive Crown Fountain, Laurie Garden and the Cloud Gate structure by Anish Kapoor are hugely popular among the tourists.

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Art Institute of Chicago

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New addition to The Art Institute of Chicago under construction
New addition to The Art Institute of Chicago under construction
photo by: Joseph Hollick

The Art Institute of Chicago hosts a collection covering 5,000 years of art. Events and exhibitions are hosted year-round (they are only closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day). The museum offers lectures, workshops, performances, and courses every day.

The AI is located centrally in Chicago, adjacent to Millennium Park. There is a suggested admission donation of $12 for adults, but it's acceptable to pay a little less.

In the lower level, among other things, are the Kraft Education Center (oriented to children!) and the Photography exhibition more..

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tel:312.443.3600
openingHours:varies, check site
url:www.artic.edu
address:111 South Michigan Avenue

Millennium Park

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Millennium Park with flowers & Frank Gehry Sculpture
Millennium Park with flowers & Frank Gehry Sculpture
photo by: Joseph Hollick

This 24.5 acre park owned by the City of Chicago includes work by a collection of artists, designers, landscapers and architects including: Kathryn Gustafson, Frank Gehry, Juame Plensa, and Anish Kapoor. It is also home to the 300-seat Park Grill, situated right next to a 16,000 square foot ice-skating rink that converts to a 150-seat star-lit dining area featuring outdoor concerts and fashion shows. Other highlights include: a music pavilion, theater, garden, and Ameritech Plaza, fountain. The Symphony Center has enough space for 120 musicians and 150 singers and it can seat more..

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tel:312-742-1168
openingHours:6:00 a.m. to 11 p.m.
url:www.millenniumpark.org
address:corner of Columbus and Randolph
email:millennium-park@cityofchicago.org

Sears Tower

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Sears Tower as seen from river cruise
Sears Tower as seen from river cruise
photo by: Joseph Hollick

Sears Tower stands at 1,450 feet tall and 110 stories high making it the tallest building in North America and the third tallest building in the world. Inside, the building has 3.8 million square feet of space and skydeck that has to be experienced to be believed -- it is the one of the world's highest observatories. The Sears Tower Skydeck is located at 233 S. Wacker Drive. The Skydeck is open 365 days a year.

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tel:312-875-9696 or 312-875-9447
openingHours:10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. April-September and until 8:00 p.m. October-March
url:www.theskydeck.com
address:233 S. Wacker Drive

Magnificent Mile

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John Hancock Center on "The Magnificent Mile"
John Hancock Center on "The Magnificent Mile"
photo by: Joseph Hollick

Chicago's Magnificent Mile is world famous for upscale shopping, world class dining venues with panoramic views of the city, hip and sophisticated hotels, and celebrity sightings -- of course. Along the Magnificent Mile (or Mag Mile) you will find high-end designers such as Gucci, Hugo Boss, Armani, Escada, and Bottega Veneta as well as less expensive retailers such as H&M. The Apple Store, Nike, Levi's, Polo, Nordstrom's, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Bloomingdale's are also located on the Mag Mile. Architectural gems such as the Old Water Tower, the John Hancock Center, the more..

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address:Roughly 950 North to Wacker Drive

Navy Pier

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Navy Pier
Navy Pier
photo by: Joseph Hollick

Navy Pier is the place where locals and people from the surrounding areas and beyond come to play. In fact, the number of visitors to Navy Pier is estimated at somewhere around 8 million. In addition to dozens of opporotunities to take a cruise around Lake Michigan, a speed boat ride, or a number of architectural cruises, the Pier has a massive Ferris wheel, a game center, and a food court, several bar & grill restaurants, seafood restaurants, souvenir shops, and more. Navy Pier is located at 600 East Grand Avenue and is easily accessed by bus, taxi, subway, and a free more..

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url:www.navypier.com
address:600 East Grand Avenue

Lincoln Park Zoo

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Lincoln Park Zoo
Lincoln Park Zoo
photo by: Kenneth Hong

Lincoln Park Zoo has as many events as it does exhibits. It's very family-oriented, with a huge petting zoo/living farm program. They do many presentations during the day, often in smaller, intimate groups - and often with animals.

ADMISSION IS FREE.
Events are offered year round with a huge range of interests and age targets. There are also seven restaurants and three places to shop. The animal exhibits include Birds, Tropical Birds, African Large Mammals (i.e. Giraffes, Rhinos), Large Cats, Forest Animals (i.e. Bears, Otters), Reptiles, Fowl, more..

type:Parks, Gardens and Zoos
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tel:312 742 2000
openingHours:varies by season
url:www.lpzoo.com
address:2100 N. Clark Street Chicago IL 60614

John G. Shedd Aquarium

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John G. Shedd Aquarium
John G. Shedd Aquarium

Not only has John G. Shedd aquarium been a leader in the zoo and aquarium profession for more than 75 years, the building is a national historic landmark. The aquarium features several massive exhibits including: Wild Reef -- Sharks at Shedd, Oceanarium, Waters of the World, Caribbean Reef, and Amazon Rising. Shedd has regularly scheduled special exhibits.

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tel:312-939-2438
openingHours:See Website
url:www.sheddaquarium.org
address:1200 S. Lake Shore Drive

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