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Buy a CITYPASS ($94 adult / $79 child) and enjoy VIP access to the Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium, and 360 Chicago or the Museum of Science and Industry

Art Institute of Chicago
Charles Ray:  Sculpture 1997 – 2014
May 17 – October 4, 2015

The Field Museum
Extinct Madagascar:  Picturing the Island’s Past
August 30, 2014 to October 1, 2015

Museum of Contemporary Art
Faheem Majeed
March 10 – July 7, 2015

Museum of Science and Industry
Numbers in Nature

Shedd Aquarium
one of the largest aquariums in the country

Adler Planetarium

Chicago History Museum
Railroaders:  Jack Delano’s Homefront Photography
Open through August 10, 2015
Vivian Maier’s Chicago
1968 (Opens October 4)

The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Butterfly Haven
Nature’s Struggle:  Survival & Extinction

DuSable Museum of African American History

National Museum of Mexican Art


Navy Pier
Fireworks Wednesday and Saturday evening
Stained Glass Museum

Millennium Park
Frank Gehry designed Pritzker Pavilion, world class sculpture Cloud Gate (better known as the Bean to natives) by Anish Kapoor and Crown Fountain by Jaume Plensa.

Lincoln Park Zoo

Brookfield Zoo

360 Chicago (also known as John Hancock Observatory)

Willis Tower Skydeck (formerly Sears tower)
test your nerve on The Ledge (glass box extending 4.3 feet) from the skydeck of the tallest building in Chicago

Water Tower Place

Chicago Cultural Center
Two beautiful stained glass domes by Tiffany and Healy and Millet

Chicago Riverwalk

Wrigley Field – Chicago Cubs baseball

Chicago White Sox baseball

Shoreline Sightseeing - $2 off an architecture tour
Guided architectural tours on the Chicago River and classic tours on Lake Michigan.

Use code: 5ICCH for $2 off of an architecture Tour. Offer expires June 30, 2015.


Chicago-Style Deep Dish Pizza

Thick and crumbly crust with a chunky tomato sauce – try:

      • Lou Malnati’s, 805 S. State Street
      • Uno’s, 29 E. Ohio
      • Gino’s East. 521 S. Dearborn

Chicago also has Stuffed (additional layer of dough above cheese and below the sauce), the most famous of which is Giordano’s.

Chicago-Style Hot Dogs

All-beef hot dog with mustard (never ketchup!) at Portillo’s – 100 West Ontario

Chicago Jazz
The Green Mill is a great venue!


O’Hare Airport  - Take the Blue Line downtown and exit at MONROE stop, walk east (one block) to Palmer House

Midway Airport – Take the Orange Line downtown and exit at MADISON/WABASH stop, walk south one block and west one block


June – from 61-80 degrees, bring a raincoat / umbrella


Films set in Chicago:

  • The Blues Brothers
  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  • Risky Business
  • High Fidelity
  • The Untouchables
  • The Dark Knight
  • North by Northwest

A $100 Weekend in Chicago

The New York Times’ Frugal Traveler offers suggestions for an inexpensive weekend in Chicago, not including airfare or accommodations. $100 Weekend in Chicago