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Chicago is a big city and a lot of history and beauty. Every time I explore the city, I learn and find something new. It's a great city to come and see and spend some time in.

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  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Foodie

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9 Places

Over Easy Cafe

Restaurants

Cloud Gate

Monuments & Statues, Points of Interest & Landmarks

The Magnificent Mile

Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Museum of Science and Industry

Science Museums

The Art Institute of Chicago

Art Museums

Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower

Architectural Buildings, Observation Decks & Towers, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Yolk

Restaurants

Pequods Pizza

Restaurants

Wendella Sightseeing Boats

Boat Tours

ZafferB's City Tips

  • If you are going to stay with in the city, the subway should be enough for travel.
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    Over Easy Cafe
    Restaurants (American, Cafe, Contemporary)
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    ZafferB Says:

    This is a small place but has a great breakfast. One thing Chicago is known for is it's food and the different varieties of it.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Couples
    Tips
    • It's a bit far from the city, so give some time for you travel
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #509 of 6,051 restaurants in Chicago
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Outstanding Brunch 01/11/2017
    • Great breakfast cafe 29/10/2017
    • Over Easy Cafe
    Address:
    4943 N Damen Ave
    Chicago, IL 60625-1414
    Phone:
    +1 773-506-2605
    Price range:
    US$7 - US$14
    Hours:
    Sun
    07:30 - 14:00
    Tue - Sat
    07:00 - 14:00
    Other:
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    Cloud Gate
    Monuments & Statues, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    ZafferB Says:

    This is a landmark of Chicago. It's fun to see and it is mesmerizing.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • This will definitely be a good photo opp.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 671 things to do in Chicago
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • I love Cloud Gate 09/12/2017
    • WoW! 09/12/2017
    • Cloud Gate
    Address:
    201 E. Randolph St.
    Millenium Park
    Chicago, IL 60601-6530
    Phone:
    +1 312-742-1168
    Other:
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    The Magnificent Mile
    Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    ZafferB Says:

    This street could be considered the heart of the city. It is where everyone likes to walk, many of the big stores are located here, and it's a good street to use as a point of reference.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • This street mainly is for shopping and all the streets seem to feed into this street
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 671 things to do in Chicago
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Worth a wander 10/12/2017
    • Tons of stores 10/12/2017
    • The Magnificent Mile
    Address:
    North Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60611
    Phone:
    +1 312-642-3570
    Other:
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    Museum of Science and Industry
    Science Museums
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    ZafferB Says:

    This is one of the best Museum's Chicago has. It's a bit removed from the city to the south. But I would suggest you come here than go the the museums that are right next to the city.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The museum is decently big, so you'll have to dedicate a full to half day here.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 671 things to do in Chicago
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • New robot exhibit 10/12/2017
    • AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME 09/12/2017
    • Museum of Science and Industry
    Address:
    5700 S. Lake Shore Drive
    Chicago, IL 60637-2093
    Phone:
    +1 773-684-1414
    Other:
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    The Art Institute of Chicago
    Art Museums
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    ZafferB Says:

    This is one of the most famous art institutes in the world. It is a very large institute and a landmark of Chicago. Many different art pieces travel through here and many are housed here.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • There are a few things that is more than just art here
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 671 things to do in Chicago
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Woth more than a single visit 10/12/2017
    • Great way to spend the day 10/12/2017
    • The Art Institute of Chicago
    Address:
    111 S Michigan Ave
    159 East Monroe Street
    Chicago, IL 60603-6110
    Phone:
    +1 312-443-3600
    Price range:
    US$25 - US$25
    Hours:
    Thu
    10:30 - 20:00
    Fri - Wed
    10:30 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower
    Architectural Buildings, Observation Decks & Towers, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    ZafferB Says:

    This use to be the tallest building in the world. But it's still one of the tallest. Formally known as the Sears Tower, it has a nice observation deck that lets you look down from under your feet. And of course, it is one of Chicago's landmarks.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The line may be very long depending on what day you visit. Best to visit on a weekday.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #15 of 671 things to do in Chicago
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Must do for tourists 10/12/2017
    • Feedback 10/12/2017
    • Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower
    Address:
    233 S. Wacker Drive
    Entrance on Jackson Blvd
    Chicago, IL 60606-7147
    Phone:
    +1 312-875-9447
    Price range:
    US$22 - US$22
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 22:00
    Other:
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    Yolk
    Restaurants (American)
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    ZafferB Says:

    This is one of the best brunch places in Chicago. This location in particular is on the south end of Michigan ave. Decently south. A short bus ride. They're Red Velvet French Toast is the best I've had. They have a great variety and portions are large.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Depending on day and time, the wait can be an hour. So plan ahead
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #24 of 6,051 restaurants in Chicago
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • All around great 10/12/2017
    • good place for a filling breakfast..when you are very hungry! 08/12/2017
    • Yolk
    Address:
    1120 S Michigan Ave
    Chicago, IL 60605-2301
    Phone:
    +1 312-789-9655
    Price range:
    US$8 - US$25
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    06:00 - 15:00
    Sat - Sun
    07:00 - 15:00
    Other:
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    Pequods Pizza
    Restaurants (Italian, Pizza)
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    ZafferB Says:

    Best deep dish in Chicago. This place might be a little hard to get to, but it's worth it. They do a something special to the crust to make the pizza taste good. This place is a Chicagoan's place to go besides Giordano's.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Depending on time, the wait is quite long. Call ahead to plan.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #110 of 6,051 restaurants in Chicago
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best Deep Dish--HANDS DOWN! 10/12/2017
    • Great experience 24/11/2017
    • Pequods Pizza
    Address:
    2207 N Clybourn Ave
    Chicago, IL 60614-3011
    Phone:
    +1 773-327-1512
    Price range:
    US$1 - US$20
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 - 00:00
    Mon - Sat
    11:00 - 02:00
    Other:
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    Wendella Sightseeing Boats
    Boat Tours
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    ZafferB Says:

    For the tourist, this is a great way to see the architecture and the city skyline from lake. They will take you throughout the Chicago river and take you out to Lake Michigan.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The location of the boat is a bit odd. It is near the bridge and you have to go down the stairs to get to it. Plan ahead and be weary of the location.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 55 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Chicago
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Chicago as seen from an amazing prospective 06/12/2017
    • Architecture tour 04/12/2017
    • Wendella Sightseeing Boats
    Address:
    400 North Michigan Ave
    Departing from Michigan Ave at the historic Wrigley Building
    Chicago, IL 60611
    Phone:
    +1 312-337-1446
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 21:00
    Other:
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