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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 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 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 ($12 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 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, beleaguered Cubs plays at Wrigley Field. It has been more than a century since the team won the World Series, but that doesn't stop fans from coming out to see the games. Ticket prices vary, but in gene…
Top Choice Comedy in Lincoln Park & Old Town

Second City

Bill Murray, Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey and more honed their wit at this slick venue. Shows take place nightly. The Mainstage and ETC stage host sketch revues (with an improv scene thrown in); they're similar in pric…
Top Choice Modern American in Wicker Park, Bucktown & Ukrainian Village

Ruxbin

The passion of the Kim family, who run Ruxbin, is evident in everything from the decor made of found items, such as antique theater seats and church pews, to the artfully prepared flavors on the small, ever-changing…
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…