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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
Photo: Howard Lifshitz@flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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
Photo: Brandon O'Connor@flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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

Sparkling Presentation of Architectural Gems in Chicago

The tour was very well organized and informative. The boat was spacious and comfortable but the real 5 star rating of the tour belongs our guide, Jake. He was polished yet wittily entertaining and so knowledgeable not only about the history of the buildings but also about the construction techniques and what each building contributed historically to the shaping of Chicago's cityscape. He gave us an excellent experience, one that we heartily endorse to anyone seeking to understand how the architecture and strategic city planning has informed the city of Chicago.

Wonderfully unexpected. Fantastic educational experience!

Our guide David was personable, intelligent and highly knowledgeable. The entire crew was professional, fun and well trained. Make sure you enjoy this cruise on your visit to Chicago, you won’t be disappointed. Thanks to everyone for showing us your beautiful city.

Awesome way to see more of the Lake Front

Our Segway tour was a hoot. We were able to visit many spots in a short time and the guide was knowledgeable and friendly. We had never ridden segways before but after 5 min of instruction and some balance training, we were off and had a great time.

One of the more authentic ways to experience the city

Cody was a great guide, despite only having me on the tour on a kinda rainy day. Kept the tour interesting with tidbits of history and different perspectives of city life across the parks, beaches & city area. Absolutely enjoyed the full 3 hours!

Chicago Bike Tour Reviewed by Justin, 07/31/2019

Views were terrific and tour guide was excellent

We took the last tour at 7:30 pm (end of July) so we could see the river in the day and with lights on. Both views were wonderful; glad we did it. Our tour guide really knew his facts , but also had a nice sense of humor. Highly recommend!