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The Navy Pier is one of the biggest highlights of any trip to Chicago, with this 50-acre area playing host to museums, activities and restaurants. It’s an ideal spot for families as there’s so much to do here, from the Funhouse Maze to a dinosaur expedition.
Spanning 25-acres of beautiful landscape, Millennium Park is synonymous with Chicago. Here you’ll find iconic displays of art, including Cloud Gate or ‘The Bean’ as it’s known, as well as striking architecture and picturesque fountains. Grab a picnic, head down to the park and enjoy the sunshine; alternatively, Millennium Park is truly breath-taking in the winter, with carolling and ice skating to enjoy.
This is one of the largest natural history museums in the world, with some spectacular artefact and specimen exhibitions. Anyone interested in history will be in their element here – it’s a great place to learn about different cultures, fossils and wildlife species.
360 CHICAGO Observation Deck
Towering 1000 feet above the iconic Magnificent Mile, the views from this observation deck are simply phenomenal. Located in the famous John Hancock Building, you'll enjoy 360 degree views of the city skyline. If you dare, we'd recommend trying out the city's highest thrill ride, 'TILT' - an enclosed moving platform on the 94th floor that tilts you out over Michigan Avenue.
The Sky Deck at Willis Tower
Known as the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, this is a fantastic way to see the city skyline - and even look out to up to four states. Rising 1,353 feet into the air, treat yourself to unsurpassable views from The Ledge, a glass balcony that extends out 4.3 feet from the Skydeck.
As one of the world's largest indoor aquariums, it'll come as no surprise that this attraction is brimming with incredible marine life - the perfect day trip for a young family. Explore the institution and you'll come across frogs and snakes of the Amazon, turtles and moray ell from the Caribbean, predator sharks, cute penguins and even sea lions and otters.
Art Institute of Chicago
Those fascinated by the arts will relish an exploration of this dynamic art institute. One of the largest art museums in the USA, you'll find a permanent collection of more than 300,000 artworks, from ancient Greek sculptures and Japanese prints, as well as a few classic paintings, including Grant Wood's American Gothic.
Architecture River Cruise
Learn more about Chicago's amazing skyscrapers and jaw-dropping architecture on this fascination river cruise, which offers fantastic insights into well-known structures, including the Fulton House, the Leo Burnett Building, and the Wrigley Building.