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The Chcago Skyline is stunning, espceially when viewed from Lake Michigan

Chicago is a city endowed with a scenic location along Lake Michigan, unsurpassed architectural beauty,  a vibrant culture pulsing with energy , and Midwest friendliness.  It is home to the blues, site of ornate theaters, and known for its die-hard sports fans.  Chicago boasts numerous  world famous attractions, some of  the finest restaurants  to be found anywhere, and a broad spectrum of stores and boutiques that will satisfy the shopping needs of even the most discerning travelers. 

Founded in 1837, Chicago started out as a scrappy but unpromising shipping town built on swampland near the mouth of the Chicago River.  Over the following  century,  the city grew to become the most important transportation hub in the United States, as well as the country’s meat packing center.

Today’s Chicago  is  one  of the most important commercial centers  in the United States, as well as its third largest city.

There are an enormous number of worthwhile tourist  attractions in Chicago and we have deliberately limited our recommendations to provide you with a manageable list of the best places to visit.  So, let's start exploring the ThereArePlaces Chicago Travel Guide.

Chicago's Best Places to Visit

Everyone's Favorite Attractions

  • Part 1 - Art Institute, Field Museum, Lincoln Park and Zoo, Magnificent Mile and Water Tower Place

  • Part 2 - Museum of Science and Industry, Navy Pier, Adler Planetarium, Willis (Sears) Tower, Shedd Aquarium, Hancock Center, Buckingham Fountain

  • Part 3 - Lakefront Trail, Oak Street Beach, North Avenue Beach, Grant Park, Millennium Park

  • Part 4 - Chicago Cultural Center, State Street, Wrigley Field, Calder's Flamingo

  • Part 5 - Festivals, Entertainment, Music

  • Part 6 - Lake Michigan and Chicago River Cruises

  • Part 7 -  Planning a Trip to Chicago (Weather, Transportation, Navigating Chicago, Culinary Capital, Neighborhoods)


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