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The cityscape from Skydeck Chicago on the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower

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Chicago, Illinois: Attractions and Live Entertainment for Everyone

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The heart of Chicago lies in its world-class attractions, performances and sports.

Chicago, Illinois is a stunning landscape of architectural wonder is the ultimate travel destination for millions of people seeking fun, adventure and excitement. Many of these cultural experiences can only be found in Chicago. Be sure to check out these six must-sees during your stay.

Adler Planetarium

The Adler Planetarium was the first ever planetarium located in the Western Hemisphere. Its exhibitions inspire imagination with top-notch technology, a variety of family-friendly activities and three cinemas. Be sure to visit the Grainger Sky Theatre, a domed theatre that puts you in the center of the action; enjoy the Mission Moon exhibit for an interactive journey; and take the little ones to the Planet Explorers Exhibit, where they can climb, crawl and even “fly” through space.

Adler Planetarium, a public museum dedicated to the study of astronomy and astrophysics

Adler Planetarium, a public museum dedicated to the study of astronomy and astrophysics
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Chicago’s Broadway Scene

Broadway in Chicago is the source for the most exciting shows in the city’s bustling Downtown Theatre District. At the incredible Oriental Theatre, the Cadillac Palace Theatre, the CIBC Theatre, the Auditorium Theatre and the Broadway Playhouse, you can enjoy an array of authentic Broadway shows and even world premieres.

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Lincoln Park Zoo

Take a look at the wild lions, meerkats, gorillas and more at the Lincoln Park Zoo. The zoo is located in the southern half of Lincoln Park and is free to the public. Come close to the animals of Africa: wild orangutans, red wolves, black bears, wild dogs, rhinos and pygmy hippos. Watch frolicking snow monkeys at the Macaque Forest, or gaze in awe at the polar bear in the Arctic Tundra. In addition to providing shelter for hundreds of animals, the Lincoln Park Zoo also organizes animal conservation and science programs with one of the largest programs in the country.

Beloved lion Adelor memorialized in bronze at the Lincoln Park Zoo

Beloved lion Adelor memorialized in bronze at the Lincoln Park Zoo
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Skydeck Chicago

Located on the 103rd floor of famed Willis Tower, Skydeck Chicago gives you spectacular views of the skyline, Lake Michigan and beyond up to 50 kilometers away. Take a step out on the Ledge, enclosed glass balconies that extend 1.3 meters from the Skydeck, and immerse yourself in the Chicago skyline. You can also experience various interactive exhibits and learn all about the city.

Checking out the view from the glass-bottomed platforms at Skydeck Chicago

Checking out the view from the glass-bottomed platforms at Skydeck Chicago
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Chicago Cubs

Wrigley Field is the USA’s second oldest baseball stadium and home of the 2016 Major League Baseball World Series champions, the Chicago Cubs. It has a distinctive character all its own – with the ivy-wrapped outfield and the original scoreboard that was built in 1937. Featured in such iconic films as “Rookie of the Year”, “Taking Care of Business” and “A League of Their Own”, Wrigley Field needs to be on your list of stops in Chicago. Tours are available if you don’t have the chance to catch a game.

Statue of former Chicago Cubs player Ernie "Mr. Cub" Banks outside Wrigley Field

Statue of former Chicago Cubs player Ernie "Mr. Cub" Banks outside Wrigley Field
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Chicago Bulls

Catch a professional National Basketball Association game at the United Center, home of the Chicago Bulls and the largest arena in the USA. The Bulls boast six NBA championships, cementing them as one of the best teams to ever play. From the introduction of the players to the final whistle stop, each game is filled with intense excitement. While you’re there, pay tribute to the huge bronze statue of Michael Jordan. Standing at roughly 3.7 meters tall, the statue depicts Jordan airborne as he prepares to dunk the ball. It is a sight to see for any basketball fan. Preseason starts in early October and games last through April.

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