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  • Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum

    1. Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum

    South Loop | Museum/Gallery

    Taking you on a journey through the stars to unlock the mysteries of our galaxy and beyond, the Adler tells amazing stories of space exploration...Read More

    Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum
  • 2. Andersonville

    Andersonville | Neighborhood/Street

    Just north of Uptown there's a neighborhood that feels like a small town and still shows signs of the Swedish settlers who founded it. Andersonville...Read More

  • Art Institute of Chicago

    3. Art Institute of Chicago

    Loop | Museum/Gallery

    Come for the sterling collection of old masters and impressionists (an entire room is dedicated to Monet); linger over the extraordinary and...Read More

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  • Auditorium Theatre

    4. Auditorium Theatre

    South Loop | Arts/Performance Venue

    Hunkered down across from Grant Park, this 110,000-ton granite-and-limestone behemoth was an instant star when it debuted in 1899, and it didn...Read More

    Auditorium Theatre
  • 5. Bahá'i Temple House of Worship

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Your mouth is sure to drop to the floor the first time you lay eyes on this stunning structure, a nine-sided building that incorporates architectural...Read More

  • 6. Boystown

    Boystown | Neighborhood/Street

    Just beyond Wrigleyville lies this section of Lakeview; it's been a major "gayborhood" since the 1970s, which also makes it one of the country...Read More

  • 7. Brookfield Zoo


    Spend the day among more than 2,000 animals at this gigantic zoo. The highlights? First, there's the 7½-acre Great Bear Wilderness exhibit...Read More

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  • 8. Chicago Botanic Garden


    Among the 26 different gardens here are the three-island Malott Japanese Garden, the 5-acre Evening Island, and the Grunsfeld Children's Growing...Read More

  • 9. Chicago Children's Museum

    Near North | Museum/Gallery

    Hands-on is the operative concept at this brightly colored Navy Pier anchor. Kids can tinker with tools, climb through multilevel tunnels and...Read More

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  • 10. Chicago Cultural Center

    Loop | Building/Architectural Site

    Built in 1897 as the city's original public library, this huge building houses the Chicago Office of Tourism Visitor Information Center, as...Read More

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  • 11. Chicago History Museum

    Lincoln Park | Museum/Gallery

    Seeking to bring Chicago's often complicated history to life, this museum has several strong permanent exhibits, including "Chicago: Crossroads...Read More

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  • 12. DuSable Museum of African American History

    Hyde Park | Museum/Gallery

    Sitting alongside the lagoons of Washington Park, the DuSable Museum offers an evocative exploration of the African American experience. The...Read More

  • 13. Farnsworth House


    This 1951 minimalist dwelling by Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe sits just down the Fox River from Aurora. Constructed of steel, wood, and travertine...Read More

  • 14. Field Museum

    South Loop | Museum/Gallery

    More than 400,000-square feet of exhibit space fill this gigantic museum, which explores cultures and environments from around the world. Interactive...Read More

  • 15. Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio


    Wright designed and built his first home in 1889, on the strength of a $5,000 loan from his then employer and mentor, seminal Chicago architect...Read More

  • 16. Garfield Park Conservatory

    Garfield Park | Garden/Arboretum

    Escape winter's cold or revel in summer sunshine inside this huge "landscape art under glass" structure, which houses tropical palms, spiny...Read More

  • 17. Glessner House Museum

    Prairie Avenue | House/Mansion/Villa

    This fortresslike residence is the only surviving building in Chicago by architect H.H. Richardson, who also designed Boston's Trinity Church...Read More

  • 18. Graceland Cemetery

    Lakeview | Cemetery

    Near Irving Park Road, this graveyard has crypts that are almost as strikingly designed as the city skyline. A number of Chicago's most prominent...Read More

  • 19. Jane Addams Hull-House Museum

    University Village | Museum/Gallery

    Hull House was the birthplace of social work. Social welfare pioneers and peace advocates Jane Addams and Ellen Gates Starr started the American...Read More

  • John G Shedd Aquarium

    20. John G Shedd Aquarium

    South Loop | Zoo/Aquarium

    One of the most popular aquariums in the country, the Shedd houses more than 32,500 creatures from around the world. Highlights Get an...Read More

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