Top ChoiceMuseum in The Loop

Art Institute of Chicago

Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute is the second-largest art museum in the USA. Its collection of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings rivals those in France, and the number of surrealist works is tremendous. Download...

Top ChoiceStadium in Lake View & Wrigleyville

Wrigley Field

Wrigley Field

Built in 1914 and named for the chewing-gum guy, Wrigley Field is the second-oldest baseball park in the major leagues. It's known for its hand-turned scoreboard, ivy-covered outfield walls and neon sign over the...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Hyde Park & South Side

Museum of Science & Industry

Museum of Science & Industry

Geek out at the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere. Highlights include a WWII German U-boat nestled in an underground display (adult/child $18/14 extra to tour it) and the Science Storms exhibit...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Pilsen & Near South Side

Field Museum of Natural History

Field Museum of Natural History

The Field Museum houses some 30 million artifacts and includes everything but the kitchen sink – beetles, mummies, gemstones, Bushman the stuffed ape – all tended by a slew of PhD-wielding scientists, as the...

Top ChoicePark in The Loop

Millennium Park

Millennium Park

The city's showpiece is a trove of free and arty sights. It includes Pritzker Pavilion, Frank Gehry’s swooping silver band shell, which hosts free weekly concerts in summer (6:30pm; bring a picnic and bottle of...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Gold Coast

Museum of Contemporary Art

Consider it the Art Institute’s brash, rebellious sibling, with especially strong minimalist, surrealist and conceptual photography collections, and permanent works by René Magritte, Cindy Sherman and Andy...

Top ChoiceWaterfront in Near North & Navy Pier

Navy Pier

Navy Pier

Half-mile-long Navy Pier is one of Chicago's most-visited attractions, sporting a 196ft Ferris wheel and other carnival rides ($9 to $18 each), an IMAX theater, a beer garden and lots of chain restaurants. A...

Top ChoiceGallery in Hyde Park & South Side

Stony Island Arts Bank

Artist-activist Theaster Gates bought a tumbledown bank building for $1 in Chicago's neglected South Shore neighborhood, and transformed it into a fascinating African American cultural center and gallery. Staff...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Pilsen & Near South Side

National Museum of Mexican Art

National Museum of Mexican Art

Founded in 1982, this vibrant museum – the largest Latinx arts institution in the US – has become one of the city’s best. The vivid permanent collection sums up 1000 years of Mexican art and culture through...

Top ChoiceTower in The Loop

Willis Tower

Willis Tower

It's Chicago's tallest building, and the 103rd-floor Skydeck puts you high into the heavens. Take the ear-popping, 70-second elevator ride to the top and then step onto one of the glass-floored ledges jutting out...

Top ChoiceArchitecture in Hyde Park & South Side

Robie House

Robie House

Of the numerous buildings that Frank Lloyd Wright designed around Chicago, none is more famous or influential than Robie House. Because its horizontal lines resembled the flat landscape of the Midwestern prairie,...

Top ChoiceObservatory in Gold Coast

360° Chicago

360° Chicago

The views from the 94th-floor observatory of this iconic building (formerly known as the John Hancock Center) in many ways surpass those at the Willis Tower; there are informative displays and the 'Tilt' feature...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Near North & Navy Pier

Driehaus Museum

Set in the exquisite Nickerson Mansion, the Driehaus immerses visitors in Gilded Age decorative arts and architecture. You'll feel like a Great Gatsby character as you wander three floors stuffed with sumptuous...

Top ChoicePark in Lincoln Park & Old Town

Lincoln Park

Lincoln Park

The park that gave the neighborhood its name is Chicago’s largest. Its 1200 acres stretch for 6 miles from North Ave north to Diversey Pkwy, where it narrows along the lake and continues on until the end of Lake...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Logan Square & Humboldt Park

Busy Beaver Button Museum

Even George Washington gave out campaign buttons, though in his era they were the sew-on kind. Pin-back buttons came along in 1896. Badge-making company Busy Beaver chronicles its history in displays holding...

Top ChoiceGallery in Logan Square & Humboldt Park

Galerie F

Galerie F is exactly the type of laid-back, ubercool gallery you'd expect to find in Logan Square. It specializes in rock-and-roll gig posters, printmaking and street art. Walk into the bright, open space and...

Notable Building in The Loop

Chicago Cultural Center

This exquisite, beaux-arts building began its life as the Chicago Public Library in 1897. Today the block-long structure houses terrific art exhibitions (especially the 4th-floor Yates Gallery), as well as...

Park in Pilsen & Near South Side

Northerly Island

Northerly Island

This hilly, prairie-grassed park has a walking and cycling trail, bird-watching, fishing and an outdoor venue for big-name concerts. It's actually a peninsula, not an island, but the Chicago skyline views are...

Library in Gold Coast

Newberry Library

The Newberry's public galleries are a treat for bibliophiles: those who swoon over original Thomas Paine pamphlets about the French Revolution, or get weak-kneed seeing Thomas Jefferson's copy of the History of...

Architecture in The Loop

Rookery

Rookery

The famed firm of Burnham and Root built the Rookery – named for the site's previous building, a temporary city hall that was popular with roosting pigeons – in 1888; Frank Lloyd Wright remodeled the two-story...