Attractions

Top Choice Museum in South Loop & Near South Side

Field Museum of Natural History

The mammoth Field Museum houses everything but the kitchen sink – beetles, mummies, gemstones, Bushman the stuffed ape. The collection's rock star is Sue, the largest Tyrannosaurus rex yet discovered. She even gets …
Top Choice Park in The Loop

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 concerts nightly in summer (6:30pm; bring a picnic and bottle of win…
Top Choice Museum in The Loop

Art Institute of Chicago

The second-largest art museum in the country, the Art Institute's collection of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings rivals those in France, and the number of surrealist works is tremendous. Download the f…
Top Choice Museum in Hyde Park & South Side

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 ($9 extra to tour it) and the 'Science Storms' exhibit with a mock tornado …
Top Choice Stadium in Lake View & Wrigleyville

Wrigley Field

Built in 1914 and named for the chewing-gum guy, Wrigley Field – aka the Friendly Confines – is the second-oldest baseball park in the major leagues. It’s filled with legendary traditions and curses, and has a home …
Top Choice Tower in The Loop

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, then step onto one of the glass-floored ledges jutting out in mi…
Top Choice Waterfront in Near North & Navy Pier

Navy Pier

Half-mile-long Navy Pier is Chicago's most-visited attraction, sporting a 196ft Ferris wheel and other carnival rides ($6 to $8 each), an IMAX theater, a beer garden and lots of chain restaurants. Locals groan over …
Top Choice Observatory in Gold Coast

360° Chicago

This is the new name for the John Hancock Center Observatory. In many ways the view here surpasses the one at Willis Tower. The 94th-floor lookout has informative displays and the TILT feature (floor-to-ceiling wind…
Top Choice Museum 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 Warhol. C…
Top Choice Architecture in Hyde Park & South Side

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, th…