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Top Choice Museum in South Loop & Near South Side

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 Field r…
Top Choice Mexican in Near North & Navy Pier

Topolobampo/Frontera Grill

You’ve probably seen chef-owner Rick Bayless on TV, stirring up pepper sauces and other jump-off-the-tongue Mexican creations. His isn’t your typical taco menu: Bayless uses seasonal, sustainable ingredients for his…
Top Choice Museum in The Loop

Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute is the second-largest art museum in the country. Its collection of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings rivals those in France, and the number of surrealist works is tremendous. Download …
Top Choice Stadium in Lake View & Wrigleyville

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 fr…
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 ($12 extra to tour it) and the Science Storms exhibit with a mock tornado a…
Top Choice Gastronomy in Lincoln Park & Old Town

Alinea

One of the world's best restaurants, with three Michelin stars, Alinea brings on multiple courses of molecular gastronomy. Dishes may emanate from a centrifuge or be pressed into a capsule, a la duck served with a ‘…
Top Choice Baseball in Lake View & Wrigleyville

Chicago Cubs

The beloved Cubs plays at old-time Wrigley Field. For 108 years they didn't win a championship – the longest losing streak in US sports history – but then in 2016, the team broke the curse. Games are always packed. …
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 most nights in summer (6:30pm; bring a picnic and bottle of…
Top Choice Amusement Park in Sandusky

Cedar Point Amusement Park

Cedar Point is one of the world's top amusement parks, known for its 17 adrenaline-pumping roller coasters. Stomach-droppers include the Top Thrill Dragster, among the globe's tallest and fastest rides. It climbs 42…
Top Choice Brewery in Northern Indiana

3 Floyds Brewing Co

At 3 Floyds brewpub, heavy-metal music blares. There are burly beards and tattoo sleeves all around. And hoppy suds. 3 Floyds has earned a cult following by brewing with tons of weird hops. Beer geeks drive for mile…