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Sightseeing and landmarks in Chicago

Art museums

Art Museum
“One of the biggest Museums in America with an amazing collection. The Modern Wing collections and Impressionists are my favorite. Also the best way to bring creative gift is to visit museum shop.”
  • 411 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Leaning on the provocative contemporary art and culture, MCA features new exhibitions every month ranging from all sort of different arts from around the world.”
  • 168 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art is a modern art museum serving the Chicago area with an ongoing program of cultural exhibitions, literary events, film screenings and music recitals.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Museum specializing in Asian, European, Contemporary & Modern Art, with over 12,000 objects.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The Museum of Contemporary Photography was founded in 1976 by Columbia College Chicago as the successor to the Chicago Center for Contemporary Photography.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Looking to learn more about the history of the place, how about visit the museum. This museum will provide you an in-depth and personal feel for the whole place around you. From the creation of the village to the events that happened within it, this museum will tell you everything you want to know, and more.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Just about across the street - DePaul's collection of art encompassing historical and contemporary pieces”
  • 3 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Founded in 1915, The Society's mission is to encourage the growth and understanding of contemporary art through exhibitions, publications, and events. The Society presents art seldom seen in the Midwest.”
  • 6 locals recommend

History museums

History Museum
“The Field Museum of Natural History, also known as The Field Museum, is a natural history museum in Chicago, and is one of the largest such museums in the world”
  • 198 locals recommend
History Museum
“The best architectural boat tour I have done was through the Chicago History Museum! ”
  • 98 locals recommend
Museum
“Just one of the most beautiful buildings I've been in and it's free. Marble staircases seem to weave through each other like an Escher drawing and they take you up to a room with the most magnificent Tiffany glass domed ceiling.”
  • 64 locals recommend
History Museum
“Celebrating over 50 years of sharing history, DuSable Museum of African American History is the nation's first independent museum dedicated to the collection, preservation and study of the history and culture of Africans and Americans of African descent. Exhibits, concerts, films, children's events and literary discussions are just a few of the institution's various programs offered.”
  • 30 locals recommend
Museum
“Another wonderful alternative to the Art Institute. It's FREE FREE FREEEE and full of incredible art, not to mention stunning architecture. ”
  • 31 locals recommend
History Museum
“Tour the beautiful Gothic + modern architecture at the University of Chicago campus and stop in at the Oriental Institute Museum. It's full of the most amazing artifacts of the most ancient civilizations known to humans. They have real, fully preserved mummies!”
  • 20 locals recommend
Historic Site
“A fan of the famous author Ernest Hemingway? Visit his Birthplace Museum and then and then ask the guides to direct you to the 3 other Oak Park homes he lived in.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Ernest Hemingway Museum gives you the opportunity to learn more about the great American author and see his birthplace. ”
  • 8 locals recommend

Scenic lookouts

Scenic Viewpoint
“360 CHICAGO observation deck, located 1000 feet above the famed Magnificent Mile in the iconic John Hancock Building, offers breathtaking 360 degrees views of the city skyline and Lake Michigan.”
  • 55 locals recommend
Boat or Ferry
“Perhaps the best thing to do when visiting Chicago if the weather permits. The boat architecture tour is amazing, get the sunset cruise tickets.”
  • 71 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“Explore Chicago like never before with Skydeck Chicago. Offering spectacular views spanning up to four states, a one-stop Chicago experience full of interactive ”
  • 48 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“Palmisano is a case study in urban renewal: a limestone quarry turned landfill turned park, features a hiking/jogging trail, fishing pond, and impressive views of the Chicago skyline.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“This is a hidden jem and you don't even feel like you are in the city anymore. It's kind of hard to find if you don't know where you are going. (Near the parking lot entrance of the zoo on Fullerton)”
  • 22 locals recommend
Nature Preserve
“take some birdseed and the birds will take it from your hand- downy woodpeckers, chickadees, cardinals, robins all abound here”
  • 14 locals recommend
Beach
“It's the best beach in our opinion with one of our go-to restaurants in the summer, Cafe Olivia, located sand side! Beach chairs, beds, and umbrellas are available for rent. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Office
“Great architecture. Walk around the outside of the building and see the bits of architecture implanted into the sides-from all over the world from ancient to modern. You'll find hidden gems. The neo-gothic tower's signature is the exterior collection of stones from other famous edifices, like the Parthenon, St. Peter's Basilica, Notre Dame, the White House and most recently, the Berlin Wall. ”
  • 10 locals recommend

Historic sites

Historic Site
“Frank Lloyd Home and Studio is a wonderful tour. It is about an hour and the tours fill up quickly. To ensure a spot you can register and pay online for the tours. There is also a walking tour (Wright Plus Walking Tour ) and a bike tour. These take you to other well known Wright homes in the area. Great thing to do on a beautiful day. ”
  • 71 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“360 CHICAGO observation deck, located 1000 feet above the famed Magnificent Mile in the iconic John Hancock Building, offers breathtaking 360 degrees views of the city skyline and Lake Michigan.”
  • 55 locals recommend
Historic Site
“A fan of the famous author Ernest Hemingway? Visit his Birthplace Museum and then and then ask the guides to direct you to the 3 other Oak Park homes he lived in.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Ernest Hemingway Museum gives you the opportunity to learn more about the great American author and see his birthplace. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Library
“Housed in an architecturally significant building (slated to undergo remodeling soon), Sultzer offers a great selection of books and media; as well as hosting a variety of events and speakers. Teens can check out the YOUMedia lab too!”
  • 15 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Check out the events page at Pleasant Home's website, for some great free local activities like ice cream socials, a monkey organ rally, holiday market, among other things. If you're here on a Friday night in August, I highly recommend the silent movies on the porch with live music accompaniment. It's the most charming thing around. Suggested donation of $5-10. They also do tours of the gorgeous historic home and sometimes have free admission in the winter.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Historic Site
“One of Frank Lloyd Wright's most recognizable creations. If you are interested in Frank Llyod Wright you will want to make sure you visit Unity Temple. There are also tour available. It is very easy to sign up online. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Hemingway fans will want to take a trip to Oak Park for the museum full of memorabilia of his life. It's a two part visit museum and his child hood home.”
  • 4 locals recommend

Libraries

Library
“Close to downtown to enjoy Navy Pier, Buckingham Fountain, Shopping at the Magnificent Mile other great Chicago sites”
  • 26 locals recommend
Garden
“This library is so big, they named an el platform after it! Eight stories worth of books, electronic media, and events are just a few Pink Line stops away.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Library
“Books, CDs and DVD, magazines, and tons of other media are at our local Chicago Public Library, just a half hour walk away.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Library
“Housed in an architecturally significant building (slated to undergo remodeling soon), Sultzer offers a great selection of books and media; as well as hosting a variety of events and speakers. Teens can check out the YOUMedia lab too!”
  • 15 locals recommend
Library
“Gorgeous, gigantic public library on Scoville Park. Also has an art gallery and many free events.”
  • 12 locals recommend
College Library
“Not only a beautiful research library, also a venue space for interesting & free events (and the site of a yearly book sale!)”
  • 7 locals recommend
Garden
“Even if you're not a reader. This library is a great place to see and accessible by "L".”
  • 9 locals recommend
Library
“Great, very close library. Not open Sundays. Great for story time, air conditioned exploring for babies & toddlers. ”
  • 3 locals recommend