Whether you're entertaining out-of-town guests or simply want to act like a tourist in your hometown by revisiting the best Chicago attractions, iconic venues and historical spots, make sightseeing a lot easier by consulting Time Out’s definitive guide to Chicago's best sights, top attractions and things to do. We've compiled our favorite popular sights in the city, featuring the best parks, museums, and hubs of arts and culture.
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Learn about the stars and cosmos at America's oldest planetarium.
The world renowned museum is home to rare paintings, sculptures and two famous lions.
Visit 450 species of animals spread over 216 acres of land.
The city landmark plays host to dance, music, art and more exhibits.
Photos, newspapers, costumes and more all about Chicago's past.
Stroll along the scenic downtown leg of the Chicago River.
Black history on display at the nation's oldest African American museum.
Discover bugs and bodies at the museum born from the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition.
Lush greenery, Buckingham Fountain and beautiful public art in the city's great park.
Jazz, liquor and some mob history lives on at Uptown's great club.
See four states from one of Chicago's tallest buildings.
Chicago's largest public park offers plenty of shade, a free zoo, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and more.
The free zoo is home to much of the animal kingdom.
Cloud Gate, concerts at Pritzker Pavilion, Crown Fountain and much more.
The art museum also boasts a theater, shop and restaurant.
Explore the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere.
Catch indie and foreign films at this magical movie theater.
View one of the largest collections of Mexican art from ancient art to contemporary pieces.
More than just Margaritaville. Check out the Ferris Wheel, IMAX and Chicago Shakespeare Theater.
Catch some rays and take a dip in Lake Michigan at one of the city's most popular beaches.
Visit over 1,000 butterflies and over 115 bird specimens.
Watch stingrays, fish and penguins at the world's largest indoor aquarium.
Shop till you drop at the Magnificent Mile's mega mall.
See the city from its tallest building.
The home of the Cubs, a winter ice rink and plenty of charity events.