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Chicago has it all and enjoys spoiling its visitors and locals alike with a wealth of culture, shopping, dining and entertainment possibilities. As Frank Sinatra sang so many times about this world-class city, "it's one town that won't let you down."

Wrigley Building

Wrigley Building

Built in the 1920s, the two towers of this iconic landmark on Michigan Avenue once housed the headquarters for chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr.

Michigan Avenue

Michigan Avenue

The Chicago Water Tower on North Michigan Ave. was one of the few structures to have survived the Chicago Fire of 1871. Today, it's a gallery for local artists and photographers.

The Magnificent Mile

The Magnificent Mile

13-blocks of North Michigan Avenue comprise The Magnificent Mile. It offers retail therapy, a bevy of restaurants with international cuisine and examples of historical buildings.

The Loop

The Loop

It's the district that mixes business with pleasure amid soaring downtown highrises. Take a seat at one of many eateries, stroll along the river or enjoy the nighlife revelry.

Chicago Picasso Statue
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Chicago Picasso Statue

Controversy surrounded the unveiling of this 50-foot statue in downtown's Daley Plaza in 1967. Some regarded Picasso's Cubist artwork to that of a baboon or a giant insect.

Chicago Pedway

When the weather and traffic are bad, thousands of locals take advantage of this system of underground corridors and overhead bridges in a 40-block radius in downtown.

Chicago Cultural Center

Chicago Cultural Center

First opened as The Chicago Public Library and Civil War memorial in 1897, the building is famous for its stained-glass domes. Cultural events take place regularly and for free.

Chicago Children's Museum
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Chicago Children's Museum

Dig for dinosaur bones, learn how the city's tallest structures stand, and manipulate the power of water. Parents and kids will give this hands-on museum an A+ by the day's end.

Chicago History Museum

From the original days as a fur trading center to what daily life is like today, visitors will learn all there is to know at the "Chicago: Crossroads of America" exhibition.

Science and Industry Museum

Science and Industry Museum

The largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere is the ideal environment for an immersion in science. The Omnimax Theater also shows fantastic films throughout the year.

Planning Your Chicago Visit

Chicago Children's Museum tickets and hours

Admission: $14
Opening hours: Monday-Wednesday from 10:00AM-5:00PM; Thursdays from 10:00AM-8:00PM; Fridays from 10:00AM-6:00PM; Weekends from 10:00AM-7:00PM. Thursdays from 5:00PM-8:00PM is Family Night and free.
Location: Navy Pier

Chicago History Museum tickets and hours

Admission: $14 with two audio tours. Kids 12 and under are free.
Opening hours: daily from 9:30AM-4:30PM
Location: Lincoln Park

Science and Industry Museum

Admission: $18 (adults), $11 (kids 3-11). Three different ticket packages are also available for $27, $32, and $36. Depending on the selected package, visitors may choose up to three extra museum features, such as the Omnimax Theater, which are not included in the general admission price.

Opening hours: daily from 9:30AM-5:30PM
Location: 5700 Lake Shore Drive

When should I go?

April through May and September through October are great months to visit. The weather is nice, prices are reasonable, and there are plenty of festivals to enjoy. Plus, the crowds are less than in the peak summer season.

Good to know

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    USD ($)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-06:00)
  • Country Code
    +1
  • Best time to visit
    Early summer and early fall tend to have pleasant temperatures, fewer crowds, and a great selection of events on offer.

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What people are saying about Chicago

Absolutely the best experience on a guided tour ever.

Elizabeth (our guide) was so personable, funny and knowledgeable. She made our group feel completely as ease and delivered an extraordinary afternoon for my family and I. We will recommend this to all our family and friends. Hands-down one of the best experiences in Chicago for a very little cost.

Chicago 1893 World Fair Walking Tour with Bars Reviewed by Anonymous, 05/22/2019

Even in lousy weather this was a fun, informative and very enjoyable t

Our guide, Dylan, was a delight. It's easy to tell by his enthusiasm that he is very interested in the subject matter himself. He is personable, very knowledgeable and has a great sense of humor! I'd recommend this tour (but pick a better weather day)

Chicago: Gangsters and Ghosts 2-Hour Walking Tour Reviewed by Victor, 05/19/2019

Very informative and interesting. Best tour!!!

Tour was very interesting and the story about the buildings and the history were amazing. Would definitely recommend

Excellent bike bites and brew tour! Would absolutely do it again!

My husband and I had a great time on the bikes bites and brews tour with Peter! The food and beer were all great. I really would have liked a photo of the front of Wrigley Stadium, but it was game day, so I understand how difficult that would have been. The last leg of the tour was a bit long (for myself, an UNseasoned bike rider) and I would have liked a break sooner.

Bikes, Bites & Brews: Chicago Biking Tour Reviewed by Judi, 05/13/2019

Dave, Richie made this experience memorable

If you can get on a cruise w/ Dave, I highly recommend it. I’ve never met someone funnier and more enthusiastic about something he probably has done a ton of times. I honestly wanted to profess my undying love for him by the end—can I keep you in my pocket please lol? He made me fall in love w/ Chicago despite freezing my arse off. Richie offered me his jacket and kept the hot toddys coming. Worth every second. Worth every penny. Management...all the guys on Friday May 3rd, 2019 at 3:15pm cruise deserve shout outs, treats, raises, whatevs. They rock!!!! Thx again for a fanfrickentastic time! Someone even proposed on the cruise to their best friend. Can’t beat that. Memories I will never forget!!