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Best things to do in Downtown 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.”
406 locals recommend
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.”
477 locals recommend
History Museum
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“Meet Sue the Famous T-Rex. The Field Museum is also part of the Museum Campus ”
194 locals recommend
Aquarium
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“Shedd Aquarium (formally the John G. Shedd Aquarium) is an indoor public aquarium in Chicago, Illinois, in the United States. Aquarium was for some time the largest indoor facility in the world. Today it holds some 32,000 animals. Every Mon, Tue, Wed in September is free admission. ”
189 locals recommend
Pier
“Has a ferris wheel, games, arcades, plenty of shopping, restaurants, boat tours and the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre.”
328 locals recommend
Art Museum
“My favorite art museum in Chicago. Great contemporary shows. Cute little cafe in the ground floor. Free music on the garden on Tuesdays. Free admission with an Illinois zip code on Tuesdays.”
167 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“Just a 6-10 minute drive down Lakeshore and you are in the heart of downtown! ”
210 locals recommend
Outdoor Sculpture
“One of Chicago's most famous landmarks is the bean. it's located in millennium park where it has many other events and other activities to do.”
153 locals recommend
Jewellery Store
“Interesting mall that was made popular in the 80s and 90s. Worth seeing for the architecture, but the shopping is just so so in the building. Better served walking up/down Michigan Ave”
93 locals recommend
Building
“There's a signature room, you can grab a drink at the top and find great views at the discounted price of one drink, smoothie, beer or wine! Great sunset pictures.”
150 locals recommend
Building
“The Willis Tower, built as and still commonly referred to as the Sears Tower, is a 110-story, 1,450-foot skyscraper. Take cool pics from the Skydeck! ”
131 locals recommend
Building
“Offering spectacular views spanning up to four states, a one-stop Chicago experience full of interactive exhibits and…The Ledge, a glass balcony extending four feet outside the 103rd floor of Willis Tower!”
115 locals recommend
Planetarium
“The Adler Planetarium is also located on the Lake and part of the Museum Campus ”
128 locals recommend
Football Stadium
“Soldier Field is an American football stadium located in the Near South Side of Chicago, Illinois. It opened in 1924 and is the home field of the Chicago Bears of the National Football League, who moved there in 1971. With a football capacity of 61,500, it is the third-smallest stadium in the NFL. ”
89 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“If you're looking for an extravagant brunch/evening, this is the best place to visit. It's located on the 95th floor of the John Hancock building with extraordinary views of Chicago. ”
153 locals recommend
Fountain
“The fountain is another of Chicago's significant landmarks in the center of Grant Park. Great for a day to walk around and enjoy the day!”
63 locals recommend