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Chicago Attractions

Chicago Attractions

You will never run out of things to do in Chicago. Chicago is home to a few of the world's finest collection of museums and galleries. Whether you are exploring one of the many world-renowned museums, or enjoying a night out at the theater or sporting events, the entertainment options in Chicago are endless.

Below is a list of attractions and activities to help you plan your memorable trip to the Windy City.

Chicago Attractions

Millennium Park
Millennium Park
201 East Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 742-1168

Millennium Park is the center for art, music, architecture, and landscape design. The 24.5 acre park, located at Randolph and Michigan Avenues, features the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Cloud Gate (or "The Bean"), the Crown Fountain, the Lurie Garden and other attractions.

Located east of Downtown.
By Train:From the Green, Orange, Brown, Pink and Purple Line Express elevated lines, exit at Randolph/Wabash and walk two blocks east. From the Red and Blue Line subways, exit at Monroe or Washington and walk two or three blocks east.
By Bus: 3, 4, 6, 14, 20, 56, 60, 124, 151,157 and 173. Weekday rush periods only - buses #26 and 148.

Navy Pier
Navy Pier
600 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 595-7437

Encompassing more than 50 acres (20 hectares) of prime Chicago lake front territory, Navy Pier is truly a city within the city. With shopping, restaurants, parks and gardens, museums, stages and attractions, from the Crystal Gardens to the breathtaking views atop the 150 foot Ferris wheel. This Chicago landmark attracts millions every year. Navy Pier is a great place to spend the day, no matter what the weather.

Located at the east end of Grand Avenue. (Lake Shore Dr.)
By Train: Traveling south from the Red and Blue Line subways, or Brown and Purple Line Express elevated lines, exit at the Chicago station and board an eastbound bus 66. Traveling north on the Red and Blue Line subways, exit at Washington and board an eastbound bus 124. From the Orange, Pink and Green elevated lines, exit at Randolph/Wabash and walk one block south to Washington and board an eastbound bus 124.
By Bus: 29 and 65. Weekday rush periods only - buses 2, 120 and 121.

Did you know...The first Ferris wheel made its debut in Chicago at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Today, Navy Pier is home to a 15-story Ferris wheel, modeled after the original one.
Art Institute of Chicago
Art Institute of Chicago
111 S Michigan Ave,
Chicago, Illinois 60603
312-443-3600

Located on the western edge of Grant Park is the Art Institute of Chicago. This famed art museum is the second largest in the United States and boasts over 250 thousand pieces and attracts art lovers the world over. Known especially for it's extensive collection of Impressionist and post-impressionist paintings.

Located on Michigan and Adams.
By Train: From the Green, Orange, Brown and Purple Line Express elevated lines, exit at Adams/Wabash and walk one block east on Adams. From the Red and Blue Line subways, exit at Jackson. Walk two or three blocks east on Jackson and a half a block north on Michigan.
By Bus: 3, 4, 6, 7, 14, 147, and 151. Weekday rush periods only - buses 1, 26, 28 and 148. Weekends and holidays (mid-May through Labor Day) - bus 130 from Ogilvie Transportation Center and Union Station.

Did you know...The Art Institute of Chicago has one of the largest and most extensive collections of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings in the world.

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Shedd Aquarium
Shedd Aquarium
Shedd Aquarium
1200 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 939-2438

Opened in 1929, Shedd Aquarium is one of the oldest public aquariums in the world. Experience environments from around the world when you visit Shedd, from the Caribbean coral reefs, to Amazon and Pacific rocky coasts which are simulated and filled with native marine life. Come face to face with a variety of animals from beluga whales, sea otters, seals, dolphins and more.

Located east of Downtown.
By Train: From the Green, Orange, Brown, Pink and Purple Line Express elevated lines, exit at Adams/Wabash and walk two blocks east on Adams. From the Red and Blue Line subways, exit at Jackson and walk three or four blocks east on Jackson.
By Bus: 3, 4, 6, 7, 10, 14, 126, 129, 146, 147, 151 and 173. Weekday rush periods only - buses 1, 26 and 28. Weekends and holidays (mid-May through Labor Day) - bus 130 from Ogilvie Transportation Center and Union Station.

The Field Museum
The Field Museum The Field Museum
1400 S. Lake Shore Dr.
312-922-9410

An integral part of Chicago culture for over 140 years, the Field Museum of Natural History

By Train: Exit at the Roosevelt Red Line Stop – servicing Red, Orange and Green Line and offers connections to #146 bus, located at State Street and Roosevelt Road.
By Bus:
Take the #146 – Inner Drive/Michigan Express/Museum Campus.
Take the #130 – Museum Campus (mid-May through Labor Day).

Museum of Science and Industry
Museum of Science and Industry
Museum of Science and Industry
South 57th St. and Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 684-1414

The Museum of Science and Industry is the largest science museum in the world and home to more than 35,000 artifacts and 14 acres of hands on exhibits designed to spark scientific inquiry and creativity. Guest experience is enhanced by the use of live demonstrations, and exhibit interpreters to encourage deeper exploration into the concepts of 20th and 21st century scientists.

Located at Lake Shore Drive and 57th Street.
By Train: From the Red and Green lines, exit at Garfield. Board bus 55 east to the museum.
By Bus: 15, as well as buses 6 and 10 from Downtown. Weekday rush periods only - bus 28.

Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum
Adler Planetarium
1300 S. Lake Shore Dr. (Solidarity Dr.)
312-922-7827

The Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum is America's First Planetarium and was founded in 1930 by Max Adler. The museum is home to two full size planetarium theaters, including the world's first all digital projection StarRider Theater and one of the world's most important antique instrument collections.

By Train: Roosevelt CTA stop servicing Red, Orange and Green lines. Offers connections to #146 bus located at State and Roosevelt Road.
By Bus:
#146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express/Museum Campus
#130 Museum Campus (mid-May through Labor Day)

Did you know...The Adler Planetarium became the first planetarium in the Western Hemisphere in 1930.
Skydeck Chicago
Skydeck Chicago
233 South Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 875-2423

Skydeck Chicago is located on the 103rd floor of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower). Be prepared for eye-popping views of Chicago and beyond. Skydeck Chicago attracts nearly 1.3 million visitors each year to its observation deck, which rises 1,353 feet (412.4 meters) above street level. On a clear day, you can see four states: Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Indiana.

Located at Jackson and Wacker.
By Train: From the Brown, Orange, Pink and Purple Line Express elevated lines, exit at Quincy and walk one block west.
By Bus: 7, 126, 129, 151 and 156. Weekday rush periods only - Buses 1, 28, 134, 135 and 136. Weekends and holidays (mid-May through Labor Day) - bus 130.

Did you know...The Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower), at 108 stories and 1,451 feet, was the tallest building in the world when completed in 1974.
360 Chicago
360 Chicago
875 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 751-3681

360 Chicago is located atop the John Hancock Center's Observatory. With 360 degree views spanning across 4 states – Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Illinois, this attraction is a must do on your visit to Chicago.

Located at Michigan and Delaware.
By Train: From the Red Line subway, exit at the Chicago station and walk three blocks east to Michigan and two blocks north.
By Bus: 10, 66, 146, 147 and 151. Weekday rush periods only - buses 125, 143 and 148.

Did you know...Four states are visible from Skydeck Chicago (formerly the Sears Tower Skydeck). Indiana, Illinois, Michigan & Wisconsin.
Lincoln Park Zoo
Lincoln Park Zoo
2001 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 742-2000

Lincoln Park Zoo is Chicago's greatest FREE attraction and home to more than 1,000 mammals, reptiles and birds. The zoo includes a children's petting zoo. Don't forget to visit the Lincoln Park Conservatory which is located next door. Lincoln Park Zoo is open 365 days.

Lincoln Park Zoo is located off Lake Shore Drive at the Fullerton Parkway exit, just minutes north of downtown Chicago.
By Train: The Brown line and Purple line stop at the Armitage station, which is about one mile west of the zoo. Exit and walk east on Armitage, past Clark, to the Café Brauer Gate.
By Bus: 151 and 156 stop at the zoo's West Gate (Stockton & Webster) and near the Farm-in-the-Zoo (Stockton & Armitage)
Buses 22 and 36 stops near the zoo's West Gate (exit at Clark & Webster) and Café Brauer Gate (exit at Clark & Armitage)

Did you know...The Lincoln Park Zoo, one of only three major free zoos in the country, is the country's oldest public zoo with an estimated annual attendance of three million.
Grant Park
Grant Park

Referred to as Chicago's "front yard," Grant Park is a 319 acre public park located in Chicago's central business district along Lake Michigan, with Millennium Park at the north and Museum Campus to the south. In addition to bike paths and softball diamonds, and other recreational, cultural and educational opportunities, Grant Park is home to many of the summer lake front festivals. At it's centerpiece is the Buckingham Fountain
Located east of Downtown - Michigan Ave between 12th & Randolph Streets

By Train: From the Green, Orange, Brown, Pink and Purple Line Express elevated lines, exit at Adams/Wabash and walk two blocks east on Adams. From the Red and Blue Line subways, exit at Jackson and walk three or four blocks east on Jackson.
By Bus: 3, 4, 6, 7, 10, 14, 126, 129, 146, 147, 151 and 173. Weekday rush periods only - buses 1, 26 and 28. Weekends and holidays (mid-May through Labor Day) - bus 130 from Ogilvie Transportation Center and Union Station.

Did you know...The "Historic Route 66" begins in Chicago at Grant Park on Adams Street in front of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Wrigley Field
Wrigley Field
Wrigley Field
1060 West Addison Street
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 404-2827

A visit to this historic landmark is not only to catch a game. Go behind-the-scenes during the daily tour of the park. Get a chance to visit the press box, clubhouse, dugouts and step out onto the field.

By Train: From the Red Line, exit at Addison. Walk one half block west. Southbound Purple Line Express trains also stop here before Cubs weekday night games.
By Bus: 8, 22 and 152.

The Magnificent Mile
The Magnificent Mile

The Magnificent Mile
Known for it's designer boutiques, upscale retail centres, dining, lodging and leisure entertainment, this stretch of north Michigan Avenue known as the Magnificent Mile

By Train: Red Line Train: Exit via Chicago Avenue or Grand Avenue and walk east approximately 3 blocks.
By Bus:
Thirteen bus routes run along The Magnificent Mile with various drop offs on North Michigan Avenue between Oak Street and Wacker Drive, including: 2, 3, 10, 26, 125, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 151, 157. The following bus routes intersect North Michigan Avenue from the east and/or west: 66 (upper Michigan Avenue); 29, 65 (lower Michigan Avenue).

Did you know...
The Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum and Adler Planetarium are conveniently located right next to each other in Chicago's Museum Campus.
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McCormick Place

McCormick Place is located on south lake front at Cermak/Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

By Train: From the Green Line, exit at the Cermak-McCormick Place station and walk two blocks east. From the Red Line, exit at the Cermak-Chinatown station and walk 1/2 mile east or transfer to #21 Cermak bus heading east.
McCormick Place is also directly served by CTA buses 1, 3, 4 and 21.

Did you know...McCormick Place, Chicago's premier convention center, as of 2016 offers the largest amount of exhibition space in the world (2.6 million square feet).

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