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Best things to do in Chicago

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Art Museum
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“One of the biggest Museums in America with an amazing collection. The Modern Wing collections and Impressionists are my favorite. Also the best way to bring creative gift is to visit museum shop.”
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Zoo
“Lincoln Park Zoo is a 35-acre zoo in Lincoln Park, Chicago, Illinois. The zoo was founded in 1868, making it one of the oldest zoos in North America. It is also one of a few free admission zoos in the United States. https://www.lpzoo.org/”
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Baseball Stadium
“Left out the door and walk towards McDonalds. Bus stop will be on the south side of Irving Park Rd. Take the 80 Bus and get off at Clark. Turn right on Clark and follow the crowds.”
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Neighbourhood
“Millennium Park is definitely worth seeing. You can find a lot of historic and modern sights, as well as the Chicago Art Institute in the park. During the summer time you can enjoy concerts, festivals and outdoor activities out there.”
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Pier
“Has a ferris wheel, games, arcades, plenty of shopping, restaurants, boat tours and the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre.”
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History Museum
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“Meet Sue the Famous T-Rex. The Field Museum is also part of the Museum Campus ”
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Aquarium
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“Shedd Aquarium is an indoor public aquarium in Chicago. The galleries are home to creatures from the Waters of the World – rivers and reefs, Great Lakes and small ones, and the global ocean. Immerse yourself in the Caribbean Reef, Amazon Rising’s flooded forest, the Abbott Oceanarium’s Pacific Northwest coast and Wild Reef’s Indo-Pacific reef. Go totally polar in Polar Play Zone and be sure to see Shedd's Aquatic Presentation. Experience 32,000 unbelievable animals from around the globe, including sea otters, dolphins, penguins and more! ****** 2017 Free Chicago Museum Days ** https://chicagoonthecheap.com/free-chicago-museum-days/”
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Taco Place
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“Whiskey/Tacos/Beer. Big star has some of the best of each at very reasonable prices and one of the very best patios in city. Heart of Wicker Park. ”
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Neighbourhood
“On the Mag Mile strip, you will discover a number of art galleries, historic landmarks, hotels, restaurants and drinking establishments.”
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Art Museum
“Check for current exhibitions on https://www.mcachicago.org/, it's a great museum space!”
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Outdoor Sculpture
“Don't miss "The Bean." It's in Millenium Park and great fun. Plenty of selfie fun and other attractions in Chicago's premier park space”
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Science Museum
“Among the museum's exhibits are a full-size replica coal mine, German submarine U-505 captured during World War II, a 3,500-square-foot (330 m2) model railroad, the command module of Apollo 8, and the first diesel-powered streamlined stainless-steel passenger train (Pioneer Zephyr). https://www.msichicago.org/”
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General Entertainment
“I take comedy classes here and their shows are fantastic- classic place that gave us Tina Fey and many more.”
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Jazz Club
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“I personally can't stand this place but if you like jazz it's probably your spot! I went on a date here once and the bouncer shushed me, and then the bartender made fun of me for ordering a whiskey sour. But Al Capone used to hang out here so what the hay. ”
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Café
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“Farm-to-table fixture with seasonally-changing menu. Has been one of my favorites since I moved to Chicago 12 years ago.”
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New American Restaurant
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“Whiskey bar & farm-to-table restaurant with a focus on meat (but vegetarian options are available).”
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