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Top 10 Things to Do in Chicago

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Chicago has all the trappings of a major city – expansive shopping districts, exciting nightlife, and world-class museums to name but a few of the city’s attractions. If this magnificent city is on your travel bucket list, then here are the 10 things to do in Chicago.

  1. The Chicago Theater
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Originally known the Balaban and Katz Chicago Theater, this theater is an icon of the city. A tour of this area will take you between 1-2 hours. A ticket costs $15 for an adult and $12 for children below twelve years.

  1. Grant Park and Buckingham Fountain
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The ‘Chicago’s Front Yard’ is a 319-acre green space. Entry is free. The park is open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Exploring every nook and cranny of this park will take at least half a day.

  1. Art Institute of Chicago
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This museum sits next to Grant Park. It holds over 300,000 art pieces from around the world and hosts traveling exhibitions displaying works of different artists. This museum is open daily from 10.30 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will cost you $25 to enter, $19 for children, and is free for children below 13 years.

  1. Millennium Park
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Open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., entry to this park is free. Landscaping, architecture, and art lovers will feel right at home here. The main attraction on this site is ‘The Bean,’ a 110-ton oval-shaped structure that represents the Chicago skyline. This park is used as a background for concert sites and will take you at least an hour to tour the park.

  1. Wrigley’s Field
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If you are a baseball fan, then Wrigley’s Park is a must visit. This is the home stadium of the Chicago Cubs, and it is all that it is cracked up to be. Guided tours will cost you $25 and will last a minimum of 75 minutes. Prices of game tickets vary.

  1. Navy Pier
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This pier has picturesque views of Lake Michigan. This dock is open every day of the year from 10 p.m. to night time. Accessing the pier is free. However, individual attractions along the pier come at a cost.

  1. Magnificent Mile
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This portion of Michigan Avenue will appeal to you if you appreciate architecture. Lovers of fine dining and fashion are served at the premium eateries and brand shops on this street.

  1. Skydeck Chicago
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Occupying the 103rd floor of the 110 floor Willis Tower, this deck offers breath-taking views of the Chicago skyline. The highlight of this visit it stepping out into the glass ledge over the building. It will cost $23 for adults and $15 for children aged from 3-11.

  1. Lincoln Park Zoo
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Entry to the zoo is free. The zoo is open from 10.30 a.m. until 6 p.m. depending on the season. It will take you two hours to half a day of your time to see all species housed in this zoo. Parking spaces are limited and an hour of parking space will cost $20. This is one of the top 10 things to do in Chicago.

  1. 360 Chicago Observation Deck
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Glass encases this deck from the floor to the ceiling. It is open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. On a bright day, you can see 55 miles in any direction. The observatory has interactive screens to help you identify different landmarks in your panorama. This visit will set you back $20 for adults and $13.50 for children between ages 3-11.