Things to do in Chicago

Top Things to Do in Chicago, IL - Chicago Must-See Attractions

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Things to Do in Chicago

Grab a slice of deep dish pizza, snap a selfie with the Bean at Millennium Park, and take in the city by boat on Lake Michigan or the Chicago River.

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Top Attractions in Chicago

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What travellers are saying

  • LEMB1971
    Miami, FL121 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The experience is amazing. You can expend a whole day if you want but 3 hours are enough. Thousands of paintings in contact with top artists around the world. With Citypass you do not require a pre booking. Pictures are allowed. MoMa and this one are my favorites in America.
    Written 27 May 2024
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  • Alfredo F
    Chicago, IL2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Every first-timed visiter should check out this place, beautiful art and architechure. But noted for tourist that after you take a picture, please move aside for other to do the same to
    Written 27 May 2024
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  • Journey68270937727
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highly recommended tour of a beautiful and historic cemetery. Lovely grounds, trees and flowers in bloom. Very knowledgeable tour guide.
    Written 26 May 2024
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  • Anna Y
    Chicago, IL4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We have a fun day in here, some of the teens were noisy but still, The Museum change a few areas since the last time a visited it. Check out the U-505 too as someone recommended it for me and it is increrible, so I'm spreading the love here. All the Science exhibit is wonderful too.
    Written 24 May 2024
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  • Uccman39
    North Brunswick, NJ213 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A wonderful place to visit on a nice day. I stopped in Chicago for the day on my way out west. Chicago is an underrated city for shopping and beautiful lake views. Didn’t have time for the restaurants but would like to return soon
    Written 3 April 2024
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  • Pure_Diamond
    Helsinki, Finland180 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I'm afraid of heights and thought that I can't do this: stand on 103rd class floor and look down. We had 90 secs time to stand on that floor and I sneaked there and looked down. Wow... I did it👍👍👍. Very proud of myself..

    What a view.... I recommend this experience👍
    Written 18 May 2024
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  • Nathan S
    Pennsylvania80 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I had to visit it twice, big Cubs fan here got to Wrigley for the first time to see a night game for my birthday and loved it. As a matter of fact I enjoyed it so much we also decided to hit a day game the next day. The stadium seemed clean, had nice shops to get your cubs gear and plenty of stores and bars around the outside in Wrigleyville as well. It truly is a destination ballpark that you should visit if you have the chance.
    Written 26 May 2024
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  • Mathias n
    6 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun to see but the bean was fenced off for some reason put a real damper on the visit. I assume it’s either a short term project or for the winter weather. Regardless it was cool would like to see it up close next time.
    Written 27 March 2024
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  • Brenda M
    Lowell, MA10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I visited with my adult son and some family friends with little ones ages 5-10. We enjoyed the exhibits we saw and we only saw some of the museum, so would definitely return for more exploring. "Sue" is definitely a highlight.
    Written 20 March 2024
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  • LaurenSCO
    Scotland, UK94 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The most amazing views! The tilt experience was great and I thought, reasonably priced! Staff were nice and queues moved fast. Only thing that stopped it being a 5 was the cost of the photos. You expect to pay a bit more at these things but I felt $30 for one print was excessive.
    Would definitely recommend when in Chicago!
    Written 21 November 2023
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  • scott f
    32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Chicago is amazing, must see Starbucks Reserve, Girl and the Goat, Chicago sports teams, lakefront , Museums and a LSD drive to Bahi Temple just to name a few!!!!
    Written 21 May 2024
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  • GLars
    Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA474 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The zoo grounds were in full bloom and with a 70-degree day everything looked great. Just walking the zoo itself with the plantings was a good experience. Throw in a zoo and you have a nice outing. To those not familiar with Chicago it lies near the lake just north of Michigan avenue, so it is definitely in the city. We got there not too long after it opened and parked out front on the east side of the zoo. It was very convenient to the zoo. I have gone to this zoo since I was child and have seen it change over the past 60 years. The older zoo buildings where the animals were housed for so many years have been repurposed and not necessarily for the better. The cat house is vast empty expanse looking into the outside lion enclosure. What's the point? The day we visited the aviary was closed - no reason given. The children's zoo was under renovation and when we went into it was saw exactly one animal - a tortoise. The rest was murals, empty cages and a climbing apparatus for kids that was fun to watch. It was a zoo exhibit in its own right. Many enclosures were empty with the animals choosing to stay inside. A modern zoo wants to give animals more enrichment but if they want to spend all their time inside a concrete box that's okay... As a consequence, there's lots of large empty exhibits. This is not specific to Lincoln Park as many other zoos are the same. We wanted to visit the Garfield Park Conservatory which in next door but that is now closed every Monday and Tuesday. It has always been open for every prior visit in my life but no longer. There was a lot of school groups there on a Monday morning but I like kids so it didn't bug me. The only large "typical" zoo animals we saw were polar bears, zebras and a side view of a lion seen through blurry plexiglass. The reason it's a 4 star review is that I think too many things were closed during our visit and not enough animals out in the exhibit area.
    Written 23 May 2024
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