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Top Things to Do in Chicago

Our Kind of Town

Frank Sinatra sings of Chicago being, “my kind of town.” We can’t say we blame Ol’ Blue Eyes. At its heart, Chicago, in spite of its legendary brutal winters, is an All-American city with international appeal. Rooted in history, sports, architecture and great culinary traditions—old and new—it’s a place where the high-brow and low-brow peacefully co-exist.

The Top Things to Do

If you're looking for a quick way to score tickets to Chicago's top destinations, CityPASS offers admission to the city's most popular attractions at a reduced rate, rolled into one ticket price. Start at a Cubs game and end at a haute cocktail lounge. Take a selfie under Cloud Gate, aka “The Bean,” ride the El, go on an architecture cruise, hobnob with a James Beard-winning chef. The endless thread of neighborhoods means that no itinerary ever has to be the same. Whether you’re here on business in the Loop, exercising retail therapy on the Mag Mile or venturing into neighborhoods such as Wicker Park, Lincoln Park or Pilsen, Chicago keeps the options in constant motion.

Skydeck Chicago

At 103 stories high, the Skydeck at the Willis (formerly Sears Tower) offers an unsurpassed view of Chicago and, on a clear day, up to four surrounding states. It also features multimedia exhibits showcasing the city from its historic past to the present.

360 Chicago

More than 1,000 feet above Chicago, this 94th-floor observatory features Tilt, an enclosed glass platform allowing visitors to extend out and over the Magnificent Mile and the famous Chicago skyline, a self-guided multimedia tour, cafe bar and gift shop. Daily 9 am-11 pm. General admission $22; ages 3-11 $15; under 3 free.

Magnificent Mile

Boasting some of the city’s ritziest hotels, shops—including three malls—galleries and restaurants, Chicago’s famed “Mag Mile” runs along North Michigan Avenue from Oak Street on the north to the Chicago River on the south.

Chicago's First Lady

Designed in the style of 1920s cruising yachts, Chicago’s First Lady and its luxury yacht partners the Little Lady, Fair Lady, Leading Lady, Lady Grebe and Classic Lady are the official vessels of the Chicago Architecture Foundation and offer unique river tours led by trained docents. Charters also available. Seasonal.

Art Institute of Chicago

Founded in 1879, the Art Institute of Chicago is one of the world’s major museums, housing an extraordinary collection of objects from across places, cultures, and time.

Millennium Park

The #1 tourist attraction in the Midwest! Discover a state-of-the-art collection of architecture, landscape design and art that provide the backdrop for hundreds of free cultural programs including concerts, exhibitions, tours, and family activities.

Wrigley Field Tours

Get an insider’s look at the Friendly Confines during these daily 75-90-minute tours. Non-game day tour stops include the seating bowl, press box, bleachers, visitors' clubhouse, the Cubs’ dugout and the field. Instead of the clubhouses, on game days, tours visit the Jim Beam Patio and enter the park before gates open.

Museum of Science and Industry

MSI—the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere—is home to more than 400,000 square feet of hands-on exhibits designed to spark scientific inquiry and foster curiosity. Discover a World War II submarine ot take in a show on the five-story movie screen. Daily 9:30 am–4 pm except Thanksgiving and Christmas D

Shedd Aquarium

The Shedd Aquarium is home to an array of fascinating aquatic animals from around the world. Highlights include the Wild Reef shark habitat and the Caribbean Reef exhibit, where divers hand-feed fish and sharks in a 90,000-gallon aquarium. M-F 9 am-5 pm, Sa-Su 9 am-6 pm. General admission $39.95; children 3-11 $29.95.

Adler Planetarium

This lakefront attraction on the Museum Campus features loads of otherworldly exhibits. The $14 million, ultra high-res, 360-degree Grainger Sky Theater features the sky show "Planet Nine," all about the search for a new ninth planet.

Pizzeria Uno

This is the restaurant where the famous Chicago-style pizza was born back in 1943. Generous quantities of meats, spices, cheeses and tomatoes are heaped atop a dense, flavorful crust, then baked in a deep-dish pan. Sister restaurant Pizzeria Due serves the same. L, D (daily).

The Chicago Theatre

This grand 1921 Loop theater, completely renovated in 1986, presents a lineup of top comedy, music, dance and family performances. Tours are available.