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Explore Chicago

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Chicago is one of the world's greatest cities. In Chicago, you can experience everything from standing at the top of the nation's tallest skyscraper to spending a night in a club, listening to legendary blues musicians. Here you can sample the culture and cuisine of the world, with offerings from virtually every ethnic group on earth. Chicago museums boast priceless art, ancient artifacts, towering dinosaur skeletons, and even a year-round butterfly haven. We're also home to hundreds of theatrical and musical attractions, with theaters, concerts, comedy clubs, and festivals offering something for everyone.

Below are links to popular Chicago attractions, tourism resources, restaurant guides, and more:


Adler Planetarium
The Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago Children's Museum
The Field Museum (natural history)
Museum of Science and Industry
The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Shedd Aquarium

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Buddy Guy's Legends
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Lyric Opera of Chicago
Ravinia Festival
The House of Blues

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Notable Landmarks and Attractions

Buckingham Fountain
Lincoln Park Zoo
Millennium Park
Navy Pier
Willis Tower Skydeck and Ledge (formerly Sears Tower)
Tours and Attractions

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Professional Sports Teams

Baseball: Chicago Cubs
Baseball: Chicago White Sox
Basketball: Chicago Bulls
Basketball: Chicago Sky
Football: Chicago Bears
IHL hockey: Chicago Wolves
NHL hockey: Chicago Blackhawks
Soccer: Chicago Fire

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Restaurants, Shopping, and Tourist Guides

Chicago Metromix: Local guide for finding restaurants and bars, music, movies, and entertainment in the Chicago area.
Choose Chicago: This site provides travel information on Chicago hotels, attractions, theater, and events for visitors, meeting planners, and travel professionals.
Yelp Chicago: User reviews and recommendations of top restaurants, shopping, nightlife, entertainment, services and more.

Chicago Transit Authority's Top Trips
Magnificent Mile Shopping and Dining Guide

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Theater and Comedy Clubs

Chicago Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier
Steppenwolf Theatre Company
The Goodman Theatre
The IO (improv)
The Second City

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For more detailed information about Chicago attractions, visit the University's Explore Chicago guide.

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