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Located on the southwest end of Lake Michigan, Chicago boasts world-class museums, fantastic landmarks and excellent recreation, making it a popular destination for families and museum buffs alike. Among Chicago's numerous offerings, the Art Institute of Chicago stands apart, with one of the best collections of impressionist and postimpressionist in the world. Other notable museums include the Field Museum, home to Sue, the largest and most complete T-rex skeleton ever discovered, and the Museum of Science and Industry, which houses the Apollo 8 spacecraft among its trove of technological treasures. A fixture of the Chicago skyline since 1968, the Hancock Building and its panoramic observatory are a perennial favorite among the city's visitors. The storied Wrigley Field is another fixture, no less impressive for the Cubs' less than impressive record there. Other must-see spots include "The Bean" in ... Read More Located on the southwest end of Lake Michigan, Chicago boasts world-class museums, fantastic landmarks and excellent recreation, making it a popular destination for families and museum buffs alike. Among Chicago's numerous offerings, the Art Institute of Chicago stands apart, with one of the best collections of impressionist and postimpressionist in the world. Other notable museums include the Field Museum, home to Sue, the largest and most complete T-rex skeleton ever discovered, and the Museum of Science and Industry, which houses the Apollo 8 spacecraft among its trove of technological treasures. A fixture of the Chicago skyline since 1968, the Hancock Building and its panoramic observatory are a perennial favorite among the city's visitors. The storied Wrigley Field is another fixture, no less impressive for the Cubs' less than impressive record there. Other must-see spots include "The Bean" in Millennium Park, Buckingham Fountain, and the shores of Lake Michigan itself. With world-class shopping available along the Magnificent Mile and more upscale boutique offerings around Oak Street Beach, bargain-hungry visitors to the windy city are sure not to be disappointed. Neither will food lovers, when they visit the world-class bars and restaurants around the Second City. So once you've booked your flight and found the right hotel, peruse our pages to create an itinerary inspired by fellow travelers who've had the time of their life in the Windy City.    Close

Stories and Tips Chicago

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A Boy(?) Named Sue: The Field Museum of Natural History

Written by callen60 on 21 Jan, 2007

Having spent the night an hour outside Chicago after outrunning the ice storm, we easily made it to the Field before the 9am opening. As we walked up the steps to the imposing entrance (think National Archives), flanked on each side by hundreds of yards…Read More


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Getting Together

Written by zabelle on 31 Oct, 2006

Now, keep in mind that I come from a town of less than 10,000 people. Even though I am very comfortable in places like London and Paris, I am very nervous when attempting one of the large US cities. What amazed me about Chicago is…Read More


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The Field Museum of Natural History

Written by GB from Devizes on 29 Oct, 2006

The Field Museum here in Chicago must rate as one of the planet’s greatest collections of exhibits of natural history. Several guides along with the IgUgo editorial team visited here on a warm Saturday morning, specifically to view the Tutankhamun exhibition but also to try…Read More


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A Boat Trip Through the Man-made Gorge

Written by GB from Devizes on 13 Oct, 2006

Having strolled the considerable distance along Grand Ave after having left the “El” I was certainly ready for this long-anticipated boat ride that would follow both branches of the Chicago River to highlight the amazing buildings that form the backdrop to the water. The boat…Read More


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Stormy Weather

Written by Idler on 20 Sep, 2006

"Everybody talks about the weather but nobody does anything about it." ~ Charles Dudley WarnerChecking the Chicago weather before leaving for a four days in the Windy City, I was heartened to see…Read More


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Hyde Park, Revisted

Written by Idler on 20 Sep, 2006

"I miss everything about Chicago, except January and February." ~ Gary ColeWhen we moved into a third-floor 51st St. Hyde Park apartment back in the winter of 1981, it was all of 26° Fahrenheit outside and a stiff wind was whipping off the lake at…Read More


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The Michigan Avenue Bridge

Written by oldscratch on 29 Mar, 2004

Chicago's famed "Magnificent Mile" begins just above the Art Institute on Randolph Street and follows Michigan Avenue north across the Chicago River and past the John Hancock building before finally terminating at North Avenue. World-class shopping can be enjoyed along the entire route, and…Read More


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Confessions of an NPR Groupie

Written by friskycelery on 12 Jun, 2002

I am a National Public Radio groupie. No, I don’t travel with the band, (gee, they have a band??) and I’ve never waylaid an on-air personality. I am, however, someone who has all the radios tuned to various NPR stations. I can distinguish between the voice…Read More


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Dining at Blackbird

Written by KJP on 25 Sep, 2004

Wow. That’s about the first word that comes to mind after dining at Blackbird, one of Chicago’s hippest restaurants, located at the eastern edge of the thriving Randolph Street Market District in the West Loop. Blackbird’s French-influenced menu of contemporary American cuisine, created by innovative…Read More


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Lincoln Park Zoo: sea-lions + tigers + bears

Written by metrogirl on 29 Sep, 2004

Lincoln Park Zoo: sea-lions + tigers + bears 2001 North Clark Street 312.742.2000 Lincoln Park Zoo is open 365 days a year. The zoo is free every day. intricate sculptural wrought-iron main gate mimics flora and fauna found in the zoo There are enough sea lions and tigers and bears, as…Read More


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