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Playing Tourist at Home in Chicago

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A July 2004 trip to Chicago by Sierra

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Quote: When the friends or family come to town to visit, we head out and start exploring--both major attractions and the lesser-known finds. Some of my favorite discoveries have been completely accidential.

Playing Tourist at Home in Chicago

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Overview

Wrigley Building, Chicago Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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It is hopeless for the occasional visitor to try to keep up with Chicago-she outgrows his prophecies faster than he can make them. She is always a novelty; for she is never the Chicago you saw when you passed through the last time.- Mark Twain "Life On The Mississippi," 1883 Chicago sprawls for miles along the shores of Lake Michigan. Thanks to excellent urban planning after the Great Fire of 1870, the city maintains an easily understood grid of streets, has some of the best public transportation in the country, and is a popular place to do big business. A number of major attractions such as the Sears Tower, various pro sports teams, major museums, and great culture are so thick...Read More

International Museum of Surgical Science

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Attraction

International Museum of Surgical Science Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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As I have lived in Chicago several years now and my folks have come to visit enough, we have been to all the major attractions, so now we seek out lesser-known places to explore. When looking through the local events calendar on metromix.com, we found an exhibit listed for the history of optical glasses being shown at the International Museum of Surgical Science and decided to check it out. The IMSS is housed in a historical lakeside mansion on Lake Shore Drive, and is designated as a landmark, so if you are interested in architecture but not surgery, you may still find the museum worth a visit. The IMSS building is the only remaining lakefront mansion ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 8, 2004

International Museum of Surgical Science
1524 North Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60610
+1 312 642 6502

Willis Tower (Sears Tower)

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Attraction | "Sears Tower Skydeck"

Willis Tower (Sears Tower) Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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When you're in Chicago, it's hard to miss the Sears Tower, which is the huge black building dominating the southern skyline, standing 1,450 feet high. Even when you're miles away from downtown, on clear days you can see the Tower on the horizon - which is not surprising, as from the Skydeck you can see 40-50 miles on a clear day. Both the Sears Tower and the Hancock Center observation decks underwent revamps in the past few years. The new Sears exhibits are at times a bit cheesy, although informative. But you don't really come to the Sears Tower for exhibits - you come for the view. And what a view - at least on a clear day - taking in Illinois, ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 8, 2004

Willis Tower (Sears Tower)
233 South Wacker Drive
Chicago 60606-8615
(312) 875-9447

Art Institute of Chicago

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Attraction | "Art Institute"

Art Institute of Chicago Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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The Art Institute of Chicago is home to one of the finest collections of art in the Western Hemisphere, including the largest collection of Impressionist works outside the Louvre. The Art Institute welcomes a new director this year (James Cuno) and also has changed a long-standing Chicago favorite: the Tuesday free admission day will no longer be the night they are open late. Instead, extended hours will be on Thursdays. The museum is open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas, from 10:30am to 4:30pm weekdays and 10:30am to 5pm on weekends. The Art Institute has a "suggested admission" policy, which means "Pay what you wish but you must pay som...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 23, 2004

Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60603
(312) 443-3600

Bahá'í House of Worship

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Bahai House of Worship, Wilmette IL Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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