Things to do in Chicago

Top Things to Do in Chicago

Things to Do in Chicago

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  • CultureVulture60657
    Chicago, IL8 410 contributions
    The Cezanne retrospective now at the Art Institute through early September is stupendous. The curators have gathered works from the AIC's own large holdings of Cezanne plus other museums across Europe and the U.S. for a comprehensive look at the life work this important late 19th Century painter. Cezanne revisited the same subjects time after time over the course of decades. To see several in one room is a rare opportunity. I also loved the video in which the curators dissected 3 paintings, even using infrared technology, to explain how, using color, Cezanne built up his images. It's a large show, about 130 works, plus notebooks and other items, so plan to spend a couple hours with it.
    Written 13 May 2022
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  • Emily S
    7 contributions
    This whole visit was so engaging and fun! It ticked all my boxes for interesting attractions. Even the exhibit about modern airlines had me learning things. It's an easy trip to get there on the bus, so it's nice and accessible even though it's a bit far away from other touristy things. I especially loved the two-story section about weather and storm systems.
    Written 17 May 2022
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  • TravelingMama
    New York, NY346 contributions
    Beautiful views of the shoreline and city. We opted for a daytime view and it didn’t disappoint. They have the tilt attraction- we didn’t do it - but it looked like the people who did enjoyed it.
    Written 14 April 2022
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  • Bren H
    Santa Rosa, CA87 contributions
    Just a really fun place to take pictures. It was pretty warm yesterday and the reflections showed beautifully in the sun.
    Written 17 May 2022
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  • Reedmummy
    Georgetown, SC20 contributions
    It was great go during the middle of the day it is safer. There was a lot of shootings in Chicago while we were there and mugging. The park is safe and very nice
    Written 14 May 2022
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  • Darryl G
    Richmond, VA96 contributions
    This museum, which takes a full day to explore, has the best and largest exhibit of dinosaurs and other fossils I have ever seen! All of the exhibits, and there are many other topics covered, with the exception of the gem exhibit, are all large, and well displayed. But back to the dinosaurs and fossils, not only is the display large, but it is divided by geologic periods, with summaries of how the earth changed from one period to the next, and how those climate and geological changes affected life on earth, both giving rise to and the demise of, various types of both plants and animals, until the modern age. For my taste, this is the best museum in Chicago, and several others are also good.
    Written 1 May 2022
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  • Mitch S
    5 contributions
    Wrigley is baseball history....The cubs lost but being there was an experience. Right on the red line easy to get to. Just keep in mind as this is an old stadium there will be obstructed seats due to the big metal poles
    Written 11 May 2022
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  • Reedmummy
    Georgetown, SC20 contributions
    This is a great experience to see The history and the scenery is great this is a must see in Chicago.
    Written 14 May 2022
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  • siochain
    12 contributions
    Walked back to the hotel from the restaurant. Very active and very pretty. Lights on many of the buildings and one in particular plays a video which was very colorful.
    Written 13 May 2022
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  • Matt F
    86 contributions
    Wow! We had visited Chicago before, but never Lincoln Park Zoo. Why? I couldn’t tell you because this place is INCREDIBLE! And…FREE!
    My wife and I couldn’t believe that we were walking around such a vast, well maintained place, seeing Gorillas and Giraffes and Zebras and Hyenas up close without having to pay a penny (or a dime!)
    It was a great experience! Seeing the Gorillas was a highlight for me!
    If you’re ever in Chicago, this place is a MUST SEE! Visit here before anywhere else!
    Written 12 May 2022
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  • kkmckendree
    Battle Creek, MI154 contributions
    A nice stop that's free and you can wonder around and look at the beautiful architecture of this building. The pictures don't do it justice!
    Written 10 May 2022
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  • Jaime L
    5 contributions
    This museum is very well organized and maintained. From reception to end you can find staff that can answer your questions regarding the collections. Tiffany!!
    Written 2 May 2022
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  • Morella
    Farmington Hills, MI1 010 contributions
    Absolutely loved this place!

    There are different environments connected by doors. Each one has a different theme. Plants and flowers are in great shape, evidently cared well.

    The diversity of environments and colors is enjoyable.

    There is also an area where you can drink coffee and teas, and have good quality croissants and muffins. This was a great find.

    Some of the areas have pathways through the plants. Nicely done.

    Reservations highly recommended at this time.
    Written 7 May 2022
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  • Here and There Wendy
    80 contributions
    Nice aquarium. Some outdated areas, but clean for the amount of people that were there. All in all it was okay, not an aquarium I would make the trek to again.
    Written 15 May 2022
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  • Irina
    United States9 939 contributions
    Lakefront Trail is an invaluable part of Chicago. It's great -- and free -- for anybody: pedestrians, joggers, walkers, cyclists. From the trail one can admire some fantastic scenic views of the gorgeous Lake Michigan and the unique Chicago Skyline, the exciting Chicago Lakefront, the grand and welcoming Navy Pier, and many other beautiful sites of this vibrant city.

    There are some new improvements to Lakefront Trail: it has a new addition -- the Navy Pier Flyover (constructed in 2014 -- 2021), which provides the separation of bicyclists from pedestrians in a very busy part of the city, that very often has traffic congestion in the area close to Navy Pier. For all visitors, and especially skaters and bicyclists I would recommend to study the current trail map and its regulations, safety instructions, etc. The trail is well-marked, has some very detailed info boards , and of course, there's much online info available, as well.

    Lakefront Trail stretches for 18,5 miles along the western shore of Lake Michigan, and goes quite a way parallel to Lake Shore Drive. The lawns, and some large city parks along the trail length, are nicely landscaped and well maintained.

    My friends and I have enjoyed our last visit to Lakefront Trail, as we always do!
    Written 6 May 2022
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