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Chicago Museums & Culture

Explore Chicago’s illustrious cultural institutions and fascinating museums from the perfect location. Chicago is home to some of the world’s best cultural attractions, including the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Museum of Contemporary Art and The Art Institute of Chicago – to name just a few. Take a day (or several) to discover some of the history, science and art that the Windy City has to offer.

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Art Institute of Chicago

Housing 300,000 works, the Art Institute is Chicago’s most revered and well-known institution, famous for having one of the world’s largest impressionist collections. Pick up a map and make a plan or simply wander the incredible light-filled halls and galleries. With so much to see, you’ll want to return again and again.

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Field Museum of Chicago

Learn all about natural history at this revered institution, founded for the 1893 World’s Fair. With more than 300,000 square feet and 30 permanent exhibitions, the Field Museum’s star attractions include Sue the T. Rex and Maximo the Titanosaur.

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Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Visit the best place in the Midwest to see the latest up-and-comers, avant-garde exhibitions and permanent collections by Koons, Picasso, Calder and many more. Be sure to check out the events calendar for outstanding programming and upcoming exhibitions.

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Shedd Aquarium Chicago

Look nature in the eye at Shedd Aquarium, which takes a fun and holistic approach to ocean life and conservation that goes beyond expectations. Try outdoor yoga or enjoy a Chicago River kayaking trip. Aquarium favorites include the shark-filled wild reef exhibit, rescued sea otters of the Oceanarium, belugas and dolphins.

Explore More of Chicago

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Chicago Parks Guide

Take your choice of 600 city parks—from neighborhood nooks to lakeside retreats. Cycle, stroll, play sports and take advantage of endless cultural events.

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Chicago Shopping Guide

Shop for brand names or haute couture on the Magnificent Mile and Oak Street, discover historic department stores, bargain hunt at outlets or explore Chicago’s malls.

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Chicago Theater Guide

Take in award-winning dramas, cabarets, musicals or comedies, or go to the ballet or opera. You’ll be treated to some of the country’s best performances.

Fairmont Chicago

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