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  • Amelia L
    4 contributions
    The Art Institute is a great encyclopedic museum. We saw the Cezanne show which was great but the permanent collection is also fantastic. I would dedicate 3 hours minimum. Take public transportation! Parking is very expensive.
    Written 23 May 2022
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  • Candice (Candi)
    United States314 contributions
    This was a very cool place that I visited for a class trip. There was so much to do, unique things to see and learn. Thanks!

    (Date of visit, not exact)
    Written 23 May 2022
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  • TravelingMama
    New York, NY346 contributions
    Beautiful views of the shoreline and city. We opted for a daytime view and it didn’t disappoint. They have the tilt attraction- we didn’t do it - but it looked like the people who did enjoyed it.
    Written 14 April 2022
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  • MN_Pilot
    Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN15 contributions
    The ‘bean’ is always a hit. Chicago landmark. You have to get there early in the day if you want decent photos due to the crowds.
    Written 22 May 2022
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  • ALMA C
    Louisville, KY5 contributions
    A must see in Chicago. The “bean” is beautiful. The park has other things to see. Excellent place to go with the family and have a picnic.
    Written 23 May 2022
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  • Darryl G
    Richmond, VA96 contributions
    This museum, which takes a full day to explore, has the best and largest exhibit of dinosaurs and other fossils I have ever seen! All of the exhibits, and there are many other topics covered, with the exception of the gem exhibit, are all large, and well displayed. But back to the dinosaurs and fossils, not only is the display large, but it is divided by geologic periods, with summaries of how the earth changed from one period to the next, and how those climate and geological changes affected life on earth, both giving rise to and the demise of, various types of both plants and animals, until the modern age. For my taste, this is the best museum in Chicago, and several others are also good.
    Written 1 May 2022
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  • DTBinFWD
    Friendswood, TX123 contributions
    Anyone with any interest in seeing what a classic baseball has been, or could be, should make a trip to a day game here. We were there on a beautiful
    May afternoon and saw a game that featured 12 home runs. The stadium is a delight. The fans are awesome.
    Written 22 May 2022
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  • Melanie
    Fort Madison, IA5 contributions
    Whether you truly want to shop or just take it all in. The flowers were beautiful and so was the city-scape.
    Written 23 May 2022
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  • B1714D
    Belgrade, Serbia12,637 contributions
    Chicago is a pretty expensive city. However, to admire its worldwide famous skyscrapers and river scenery you don't need a penny.
    Just enter the Riverwalk at any place and follow it. You'll pass by many astonishing buildings and see them from another perspective.
    We did it early morning and at night - felt safe all the time.
    Written 22 May 2022
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  • B1714D
    Belgrade, Serbia12,637 contributions
    I've visited several free zoos worldwide, but none of them is so well maintained and interesting to visit. Mostly, they're small and animals are cramped within them.
    Contrary to that, Chicago's one is large, animals are well cared for and as an added bonus you have great city vistas from the grounds. Great job and must visit.
    Written 22 May 2022
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  • Macpubs
    Mount Shasta, CA6 contributions
    At the time of our visit they had a retrospective of artist ROBERT COLESCOTT. Fantastic! I perhaps had heard of him and recognized his paintings. The exhibit was very informative and the Chicago Cultural Center was free. It's a great example of wonderful architecture in Chicago, right on Michigan Ave.
    Written 23 May 2022
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  • Jaime L
    5 contributions
    This museum is very well organized and maintained. From reception to end you can find staff that can answer your questions regarding the collections. Tiffany!!
    Written 2 May 2022
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  • Morella
    Farmington Hills, MI1,010 contributions
    Absolutely loved this place!

    There are different environments connected by doors. Each one has a different theme. Plants and flowers are in great shape, evidently cared well.

    The diversity of environments and colors is enjoyable.

    There is also an area where you can drink coffee and teas, and have good quality croissants and muffins. This was a great find.

    Some of the areas have pathways through the plants. Nicely done.

    Reservations highly recommended at this time.
    Written 7 May 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Here and There Wendy
    80 contributions
    Nice aquarium. Some outdated areas, but clean for the amount of people that were there. All in all it was okay, not an aquarium I would make the trek to again.
    Written 15 May 2022
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, IL7,563 contributions
    If you live in downtown Chicago, as I do, you are aware of what separates Chicago from other cities. Lake Michigan, of course. And the 18.5-mile-long Chicago Lakefront Trail, which stretches from Edgewater Beach to the north and South Shore to the south. Along the way, you'll parallel Lake Shore Drive and catch glimpses of Lincoln Park Zoo, Belmont Harbor, Monroe Harbor, Waveland Clock Tower, North Avenue Beach, Oak Street Beach, Navy Pier, Chicago River, Millennium Park, Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium, Soldier Field, McCormick Place, Promontory Point and the Museum of Science and Industry. Not to mention one of the most picturesque sight-seeing opportunities you can imagine, a picture postcard look at Chicago's Skyline from North Avenue Beach. The Lakefront Trail is a popular destination for walking, jogging, skateboarding, scootering and cycling. It passes through four major lakefront parks--Lincoln Park, Grant Park, Burnham Park and Jackson Park--along with various beaches and recreational facilities. On a busy summer day, it is estimated that 70,000 people use the trail. In 1963, Mayor Richard J. Daley designed the Lakefront Trail as the city's first official bike path.
    Written 21 May 2022
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