Chicago’s Most Popular Tourist Attractions

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Chicago is Midwest’s biggest city and home to many attractions. Chicago has something for everyone including sports fans, culture lovers, and comedy aficionados. Here is our list of Chicago’s famous tourist attractions.

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Millennium Park

Millennium Park is Chicago’s #1 tourist attraction. The park has many interesting things including an ice skating rink in winter. The park is home to the famous Bean (see below), temporary art galleries, fountains, and an outdoor pavilion which frequently hosts music concerts. The park is the city’s most famous meeting place and is also popular with exercising locals, running toddlers and visitors with pets. Chicago’s visitors enjoy the beautiful views of the skyline as seen from Millennium Park.

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Cloud Gate Sculpture

Cloud Gate sculpture is Chicago’s famous tourist attraction located inside Millennium Park. Also known as the Bean, this is a free attraction and includes a silver mirrored bean-shaped sculpture that reflects the Chicago skyline. People love taking aphoto of the bean and it is Chicago’s most Instagrammed spot. The lit-up skyline looks especially beautiful on the Bean at night and is one of the most popular things to see in Chicago.

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Buckingham Fountain

Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park is a soaring water fountain that operates in summer and fall. The fountain sculpture has exceptional architecture. The water fountain display is timed and every ten minutes or so a giant jet leaps up in the sky. In the evening, the Buckingham fountain displays music and lights water show, which is attended by many visitors. Buckingham fountain also has great views of Chicago, including Willis Tower.

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Willis Tower

Willis Tower is the tallest building in Chicago. This skyscraper held the record for being the tallest building in the country and western hemisphere before the construction of One World Trade Center in New York. Willis Tower has an observation deck on its 103rd floor that on a clear day offers beautiful 360-degree views of Chicago and the 4 states of Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Indiana. The most popular feature of the observation deck is its glass balconies. These balconies are made completely out of glass and visitors like stepping on the transparent balconies and see Chicago roads and traffic below them. Chicago Downtown looks spectacular when seen from the Willis Tower Observation deck.

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Navy Pier

Navy Pier is the most popular tourist attraction for families. Entrance to the Navy Pier is free and it has many attractions. The Chicago Children’s Museum is located at the Navy Pier. Navy Pier also has an Imax, a glass-covered tropical garden called the Crystal Gardens, a giant Ferris Wheel and many other child-friendly attractions. Chicago River cruises also depart from the Navy Pier. There are many types of cruises including speedboat cruise, dinner cruise, private sailing tours, and yacht cruises. Navy Pier also has free fireworks during the summer and on special occasions.

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