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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

This your was my favorite part of my weekend visit

I was visiting just for the weekend and this bike tour was my favorite part of the trip. I feel like I got to see and taste the best of Chicago while burning it all (ok most of it) off in just 4 hours! I highly recommend this tour. Great pace, not too physically challenging, perfect way to experience Chicago. Cannot wait to come back and try the other bike tours. Thanks to our awesome guide Alicia and Bobby’s Bike Hike for making my trip a super fun and memorable one!

Bikes, Bites & Brews: Chicago Biking Tour Reviewed by Anonymous, 04/23/2019

This was an incredible view of the city. Well worth it.

Definitely well worth the time to do this. Do it on a clear day early in am or at sunset for an awesome experience.

The card meant I could visit around 30 attractions for one price

The five day Go Chicago Card was great value for money and meant I could budget before I travelled. Come rain or shine there was an activity I could do and most of them I could even skip the line. I saved so much money.

Go Chicago Card: Save up to 55% on top attractions Reviewed by Chrissie, 03/26/2019

Fun and entertaining! Definitely a must if you're in Chicago!

Blake was our tourguide and he did a great job! It was fun listening to him. He managed to give us a bit of an understanding of the architectural side of Chicago. Even if you're not into architecture at all you get a great view of the buildings! I definitely recommend this tour to everyone who visits the city!

Great way to learn about the history or Chicago

Wonderful information and great views of the city from the water. A must do for anyone interested in architecture history and Chicago.