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The Perfect Day in Chicago

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Just 24 hours in Chicago is hardly time enough to enjoy the best of Chicago's best. The stellar museums along the lakefront, the architectural wonders, walking through the Loop, exploring the distinctive neighborhoods—get out early and stay out late!
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Chicago, IL 60601, USA
Luminous Field did a light display on Cloud Gate (aka The Bean) in Millennium Park. Several hundred people gathered around to watch this free display.
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1400 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605, USA
The Field Museum is a must-see for anyone who could be interested in just about anything. Choose a topic, and chances are you could learn about it here. The dinosaur skeletons are truly spectacular.
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111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603, USA
Wow. The last time I was here was on a high school field trip 35 years ago, and the museum has definitely grown. What an amazing collection—I could have spent days here, but I only had two hours. I followed the museum's suggested top 10, and...
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112 E Upper Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601, USA
The Chicago River and Lake Michigan are two of the city’s greatest assets, and there’s no better way to experience both than with an architectural boat tour. While there are plenty of reliable options around, go with First Lady...
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2007 W Churchill St, Chicago, IL 60647, USA
The 606, Chicago’s answer to New York’s High Line, debuted in 2015. The parks and trails on 2.7 miles of repurposed elevated train tracks connect four neighborhoods, bringing green space to places that need it.
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3154 W Diversey Ave, Chicago, IL 60647, USA
If there were ever a city where a tiki bar is bound to succeed, it’s Chicago—during warmer months, they can help us embrace our short-lived summers; and during winter months, they help us escape the reality of subzero temps. As such,...
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19 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
It’s easy to stay awhile at this River North hostel, where life-size Jenga and a surplus of comfy booths serve as an entrance to the lobby level’s focal point: A bar where the team takes a creative and quirky approach to drams and...
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1723 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614, USA
Grant Achatz outdid himself as usual. What a wonderful sensory experience in indulgence. Surrounded by other food lovers and watching courses come out in sequence we were always balancing whether to enjoy our own course or be excited about what...
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2136 W Fulton St unit j, Chicago, IL 60612, USA
The inspiration for this Chicago-based apparel retailer came from the desire to make timeless, hardy menswear at the right price—and in the United States. As such, its pieces range from button-down sports shirts and heavy-duty-denim work...
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Magnificent Mile, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
Chicago’s Magnificent Mile runs along Michigan Avenue between the Gold Coast and the Loop. There are 460 retail stores, from high-end designers like Gucci, Cartier, and Louis Vuitton to local boutiques and trendsetting fashion stores. In between...