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Grant Park

Grant Park consists of 300 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds and is home to attractions including Buckingham Fountain, the Lincoln Statue, the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum Campus, and Millennium Park. It also hosts a variety of events and concerts throughout the year.

Lake Michigan

Lake Michigan is the only one of the five Great Lakes entirely located within the United States.

Museum Campus

Museum Campus is a pedestrian-friendly park consisting of 57 acres along the edge of Lake Michigan. It is home to three of Chicago’s most popular museums—the Adler Planetarium, the Shedd Aquarium, and the Field Museum of Natural History.

Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago has showcased magnificent art collections for more than 150 years. Known for its Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and American paintings, the institute houses more than 260,000 works of art. At one million square feet, it provides a fascinating journey into the more than 5,000 years of human expression from cultures around the world.

Millennium Park

Sitting atop a parking garage and the Millennium Station commuter rail, Millennium Park is considered to be the world’s largest rooftop garden. Located within the northwestern section of Grant Park, Millennium Park features a variety of public art, post-modern architecture, an ice-skating rink, and a variety of other attractions. Numerous events, concerts, and cultural activities are held here throughout the year.

Chicago Loop

The Loop is the second largest central business district in the United States. The Palmer House Hilton is in the heart of the Loop where you will find a wide variety of shopping, dining, and cultural activities here.

State Street Shopping

One of Chicago’s historic shopping destinations, State Street became famous when Frank Sinatra sang its praises in his song “Chicago.” Today, it’s home to a pedestrian mall and a variety of well-known stores. Visitors here can see the Chicago Archbishop’s Mansion, the Original Playboy Mansion, the Chicago Theatre, and more.

Magnificent Mile

Considered one of the Great Avenues of the World, Magnificent Mile is home to shops, restaurants, outdoor exhibits, and much more. Officially Michigan Avenue, this is a definite must-see during a visit to Chicago.

Navy Pier

Historic Navy Pier is Chicago’s premier tourist attraction. Located on the banks of Lake Michigan, visitors here can ride on a 15-story Ferris wheel, eat at one of the many lakeside restaurants, take a boat tour, watch a 3-D movie at the IMAX Theater, visit the Chicago Children’s Museum, listen to live music, and much more.

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