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Art Institute of Chicago - What to see in Chicago- The Art Institute Of Chicago: 111 South Michigan Avenue Built in 1893. The museum is most famous for its collection of impressionist, post-impressionist such as Claude Monet, Pierre August Renoir, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, Matisse, Cezanne, Seurat, Vincent Van Gogh, and American paintings by Grant Wood, Edward Hopper, Mary Cassatt. The collection of the Art Institute of Chicago encompasses more than 5,000 years of human expression from cultures around the world and contains more than 260,000 works of art. On May 16, 2009 the Art Institute of Chicago opened the Modern Wing.

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Chicago Shedd Aquarium - What To Do In Chicago- Shedd Aquarium: 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive. The Shedd Aquarium, built in 1929, was designed by the architects Graham, Anderson, Probst & White. In 1991 the glass extension was design by Lohan Associates. With its 2 million visitors a year, the Shedd Aquarium is certainly one of the most popular attractions of the city. The aquarium contains over 25,000 fish and 5,000,000 US gallons of water (19,000,000 liter). There are five permanent exhibits at the Shedd: the Oceanarium, the Wild Reef, the Caribbean Reef, Waters of the World and the Amazon Rising. Aquatic Shows: Dolphins Beluga Wales

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Planetarium Chicago,What to do in Chicago- Adler Planetarium: 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive. Built in 1930 - Design by architect Ernest A. Grunsfeld, Jr. - The Adler Planetarium was declared a National Historic Landmark In 1987. Exterior sculptures by: -Henry Moore: named Man Enter the Cosmos. -Bertel Thorvaldsen: Sculpture of the astronomer Nicholas Copernicus. From the Adler Planetarium you will have a great panoramic view of city.

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Chicago Field Museum - Natural History- Field Museum of Natural History: 1400 S. Lakeshore Drive. Built in 1893 Architect Daniel H Burnham & Co, Burnham Graham & Co. The museum collections contain over 21 million specimens, of which only a small portion are ever on display. Sue the Tyrannosaurus Rex is 42 feet (13 m) long, stands 13 feet (4 m) high at the hips and is 67 million years old and is located in the Stanley Field Hall. Sue is the largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus rex currently known. Permanent exhibitions: The underground Adventure, Inside Ancient Egypt, the Ancient Americas, Evolving Planet, Dioramas, Nature Walk, Mammals of Asia, Mammals of Africa, The Grainger Hall of Gems.

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Chicago Comtemporary Museum - What to do in Chicago- The Museum of Contemporary Art: 220 East Chicago Avenue - The new MCA was established in 1996. Designed by Berlin architect Josef Paul Kleihues. The building contains 45,000 square feet (4,200 m2) of gallery space, a theater, studio-classrooms, an education center, a museum store, a restaurant-café, and a sculpture garden. The Chicago Museum Of Contemporary Art is the world's largest contemporary art venues. The collection includes works of art from 1945 to the present.

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Chicago Museum Science and Industry-Museum of Science and Industry: The Museum has over 2,000 exhibits, displayed in 75 major halls. You will pass a full day without having the time to do it all. It's a great place for family, you and your kids will love it. In the main lobby real planes are on display! Visit inside of a U-505 Submarine or the 1st highspeed train, the"Pioneer Zephyr", you'll experience what it's like aboard a real Navy ships including the aircraft carrier USS George Washington, the destroyer USS Arleigh Burke and the submarine USS Chicago.www.msichicago.org

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Chicago History Museum - What to visit in Chicago- Chicago History Museum: 1601 North Clark Street - Exhibitions -Abraham Lincoln: Lincoln was a frequent visitor to Chicago; the city became his second home and political headquarters. -Facing Freedom: What does freedom mean? -Chicago: Crossroads of America: The first passenger car to operate on the Chicago (L) in 1893. -The Dioramas: Learn the story of Chicago's rise from a desolate frontier outpost in 1804 to the bustling city that hosted the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893

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best Chicago Architectural Boat Tour- Chicago Architecture River Cruise: If you like Architecture and you are amazed by the beauty of these tall buildings, don't miss the Architectural boat tour on the river and lakefront. You can find boat tour providers at several locations and the prices may vary. Sometimes the schedules may change due to w-eather conditions, In order to enjoy- the cruise during the spring and fall seasons, be sure to wear warm clothes and perhaps even a hat. During the winter this attraction may not be available.

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Best Chicago Hancock Tower- Hancock Tower "360°Chicago Observayion Deck": This high rise was built in 1969 and soars 1127 feet (344 meters) into the sky and boasts 100 floors. It was constructed under the supervision of Skidmore, Owings and Merril with chief designer Bruce Graham and Structural enginer Falzur Khan. Visit of the Observatory Before visiting verify that the top of the tower is not obstructed by clouds. Sunset info Another way to enjoye the vista is to take the East Chestnut Street entrance elevator up to the 95th and 96th floor. The "Signature Room" has a Bar and a Fine dining Restaurant. The Signature Room

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Best Chicago Willis Tower Skydeck- Willis Tower (Sears Tower) Skydeck: This Skyscraper was built in 1973 The Design and Construction, was by Skidmore Owing and Merrill along with Fazlur Khan & Bruce Graham. The Sears Tower was the world's tallest building at the time of its completion in 1973 and for more than 25 years thereafter. It boasts 108-Stories (1451 feet or 442 meters). If you want to see Chicago from the sky deck, take the elevator to the 103rd floor.
The main attraction is to stand in a glass box outside the building at 1353 feet! www.theskydeck.com

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Free Admission Parks

There is no admission to enter these Parks but attractions within these parks may have admission prices and those prices can be obtained from each individual attraction’s box office.

Best Chicago Navy Pier Lake Michigan- Navy Pier: An amusement park that includes a Ferris wheel, an Imax theater, mini golf, the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, the Chicago Children's Museum, and the Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows. During the summer spectacular fireworks are fired on Wednesday and Saturday nights. The pier is used as an embarkation point for tour and excursion boats and is a popular place to watch lakefront events, including the annual Air and Water show and the parade of decorated, festively well lit boats of Chicago's Venetian night.

Visit Chicago Millennium Park- Millennium park: Certainly the most attended of all Chicago Parks. The construction began in October 1998, and Millennium Park was opened on July 16, 2004. The park features, the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Cloud Gate, the Crown Fountain, Wrigley Square, the Lurie Garden, the BP Pedestrian Bridge and the Nichols Bridgeway. The park has received awards for its accessibility and green design. Millennium Park offers free admission to the summer concert series.

Best Chicago Lincoln Park Zoo- Lincoln Park Zoo: Lincoln Park Zoo was founded in 1868 and boast 1250 animal species on its 35 acres (14ha).
Must See -The polar bears (if you are lucky you could see them swimming under water by the lower level window.) the gorillas, the lions, the gibbons, the giraffes, the cheetahs, the tigers and the seals swimming under water;(observe through the lower level window.) http://www.lpzoo.org/

Lincoln Park Conservatory Chicago What to see- Lincoln Park Conservatory: 2391 North Stockton Drive - Conservatory and Botanical garden - Built in stages from 1890-1895. Architect Joseph Lyman Silsbee and M.E. Bell designed the Victorian conservatory. They created a glass building that would support a luxuriant tropical growth. No matter the time of year, Lincoln Park Conservatory is always green and lush. Four display houses: the Palm House, the Fern Room, the Orchid House and the Show House

N Avenue Beach House - Chicago- N Avenue Beach House 1600 North Lake Shore Drive - This beach house building has taken the shape of an ocean liner. Each year, The North Avenue Beach hosts an international volley ball tournament. - Main floor: You will find the lifeguard station, bike equipment rental, Sport equipment rental, food concession stand, restrooms. Upper deck: Bar and restaurant (Castaways). On the weekend from June to end of August, DJ and Bands are performing from 1pm to 7pm.
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