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From free concerts, walks through outdoor public art exhibitions, the Crown Fountain interactive video sculpture, Lurie garden, Cloud Gate sculpture, there is something to nurture every sense both day and night.
Summer fun with free concerts in the park, photo ops at Cloud Gaye/the Bean, water fun for kids of all ages from the large glass photo towers, beautiful plant and garden spaces, a beautiful span to walk into the A...
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Cloud Gate

I visit Chicago frequently and love to walk by “The Bean” as we affectionately call “Cloudgate” Great memories of taking our kids to Chicago when they were little and have them see themselves reflected in “The Bean”!
A peaceful oasis in the middle of busy downtown to walk around and enjoy natural plants, flowers, architecture and arts.
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The Magnificent Mlle is certainly magnificent with the high end stores and other shops along with the historic and new architecture for which Chicago is so justly proud.
May is my favorite time on this strip in Chicago because of all the tulips but this area of Chicago is always fun and bustling with lots of shops and things to do.
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You have to absolutely take the River Walk and look at all the amazing sky scrapers and historic buildings in the Loop.
Any location near or in the loop is a great view of downtown buildings but especially pretty from the lake walk or by Buckingham Fountain.
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Krape Park

Amphitheater features live entertainment for free on many summer weekends including an excellent traditional Independence Day celebration complete with cannons.
This is a really big park, with something for everyone . . .
This site, run by the National Park Service is well maintained and restored, with a visitor's center, a free guided tour of Lincoln's home, and several other restored homes.
Parking is available for $2 at the visitor center (which has nice bathrooms, beverage vending machine, gift shop, historical displays, etc...), which is also where you get your free tickets for the guided tour thr...
Awesome place; fun for kids and adults.
There is a donation box inside the park should you be able to spare a few bucks as this is a privately maintained park.
A federal, National Park Service official greets you upon entry, welcomes you, and offers to answer any questions you might later have.
If visiting Springfield I highly recommended viewing Lincoln’s tomb.
It was so neat being able to walk up to the top of the mailbox and see the town.
This was a fun stop on our cross country trip.
Great day trip spot.
Worth the trip
There are shows, old houses filled with antiques and complete with knowledgeable guides, carriage and oxen rides, hands-on activities, videos, and fun for all ages.
There are wagon rides, tours, films, and lots of beautiful historical places and sights to see.

Navy Pier

Its a very nice walk along the pier inside and out - tons of restaurant and bar choices - the boat tour activities you can sign up for are all well organized and the ferris wheel is a blast
The place is a mix of shops, resturantes and things of interest and a great place to visit, lots to do and see, with great views of like Michigan and Chicago.
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to explore the beautiful skyline of Chicago it is a must for every visitor to rent a bike abd follow the trail.
A great place to walk or bicycle for hours with beautiful views of the lake and cityscape.
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Take the Green Line out to the Conservatory stop (easily marked) and enjoy the delicate vines, flowers, and tropical plants.
About 20 minutes west of the loop via the Green Line, the Conservatory offers a number of indoor gardens, as well as seasonal outdoor gardens and children's classes.
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To them all in bloom at the same time is a special treat!
In the weekend there is a train, Santa Claus ,and you can purchase hot chocolate.
An oasis of quiet for prayer and meditation in the temple; friendly volunteer guides, displays, brief videos and a non-pressure bookstore in the Welcome Center.
Certainly worth a visit if you are into something a lot more memorable than Chicago deep dish pizza.
The landscape, small boutiques around town and the friendly locals made the experience even more special.
Such a fun stop!


There are a couple covered bridges, a Carillon tower that chimes on the hour as well as has summer recitals on Tuesday evenings in the summer.
It is very refreshing in all seasons and for all ages.
It's always beautiful, offers many places to stop and relax, have a picnic, or just enjoy the view.
Great scenic drive with places to park and enjoy the view.
... blocks from State to Lake Streets, linking a series of six distinct civic spaces, including food venders, seating to watch watercraft, wetland gardens, fishing, boating and kayak rentals and amphitheater seating.
Whether your enjoying a nice walk down the river or stopping at one of the many fine options for food and drink on a beautiful summer day or perhaps sitting in the heated outdoor "igloos" a City Winery during the...
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This park includes many different play structures and features for all ages of kids, including the largest - I think the slide was at least 2 stories high.
In the winter you can rent skates and skate along the path through the park.
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The museum is free but a $10 donation is suggested and the visit is well worth this - and more,
Free Admission (but we donated)
This is the old public library, it's full of Tiffany mosaics and has an amazing Tiffany glass dome, it's also free!
The city's central library is now housed across the Loop in the spacious, post-modernist Harold Washington Library Center, which opened in 1991.
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Take a walk or rent a bike and go along the lake shore trail.
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It’s a superb educational institution, but it also has a world class location on the lake in a serene suburb north of Chicago.
The educational standards are world-class along with the extracurricular activities and all the varsity and club sports.
We walked on, looking for a bridge, to make the loop back to the steps to the fort.
The visitors center is excellent with displays, tableaus, and a great video, “City of the Sun”, illustrating the culture and history of this pre-Columbian Native American city of the Mississippian people .
8. ALL OF THIS IS FREE! 9. Make sure you donate a couple of bucks or buy something in the gift shop- this is such a treasure!
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This place has all of Pontiac’s history right in one spot— military museum upstairs that honors the towns local vets going back to WWI, a gift shop, town history on the main floor and lastly the history and inspir...
Cute town!!!Great history along Route 66.You are greeted right away and you get a little explanation about the museum.Its free admission but accepts donations.My son who is pre-teen really enjoyed it.
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