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111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603, USA
Just imagine having 264,000 square-feet of modern art at your disposal seven days a week. That is exactly what you have if you visit the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago. Above is but one example of the funky-cool exhibits that await...
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220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
The interior architecture of Chicago’s MCA building is worth the price of admission. Four floors of exhibit halls branch off the central staircase pictured above, and the East and West facing glass walls have unparalleled views over Lake Michigan...
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1400 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605, USA
Dinosaurs, pyramids, cave paintings, sharks—if you don't like the Field Museum then you must never have been a kid. Home to an extensive assortment of magical displays highlighting all facets of natural history from around the world, the...
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1300 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605, USA
It’s difficult to design a museum suitable for both kids and adults, but Adler makes it look easy. Children will love the area known as Planet Explorers, where they can play astronaut with space rovers and rocket-launch simulators, peer...
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5700 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60637, USA
Anyone who's into model trains should visit the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. Originally opened in 1941, The Great Train Story was the largest model train of its day. After being briefly shuttered in 2002 for extensive additions, this...
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50 W Adams St, Chicago, IL 60610, USA
Alexander Calder is most famous for his giant mobiles but he builds stabiles too. Calder built this 53ft high stabile out of painted steel and placed it in a plaza surrounded by buildings designed by famous Chicago architect, Mies van der Rohe....
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201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60602, USA
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. ~ Marcel Proust. For my inaugural highlight on AFAR, I am starting with my wife's favorite quote, and a local sight in Chicago. Sometimes people feel they...
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2657 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60647, USA
In 2011, one of Chicago’s most popular restaurants, Longman & Eagle, expanded into an inn with the creation of six rooms. The owners, two of whom run the music venue Empty Bottle, built and outfitted the whole place. Each of the rooms is...
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The transit systems for most big cities run underground, but Chicago’s elevated train runs largely above ground, and its railway around the downtown area gave it the nickname “The Loop.” I wish I could have seen the first version of the L, a steam...
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1850 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, USA
The sign says “New Antique Store,” which might seem like a misnomer but is in fact a very accurate description of what Urban Remains offers. They sell reclaimed architectural artifacts from old buildings, mostly in the Chicago area and mostly from...
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221 N Columbus Dr, Chicago, IL 60601, USA
With rooms overlooking Millennium Park and a short walk to the shopping areas of State Street and the Magnificent Mile, Radisson Blu Aqua has an ideal location. However, it is a destination in its own right. With a comfortable yet shimmering...
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A European-style indoor outdoor market featuring more than 150 different vendors selling antiques, vintage finds and original artwork created by Chicago designers. The Chicago Antique Market is the one of the largest urban markets in the country...
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1816 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614, USA
Located in one of the safest areas of Chicago, right across the street from the free Lincoln Park Zoo, this hotel far exceeded my expectations. The staff could not have been more helpful and gave me great recommendations for things to do in the...
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2668 E 875th Rd, Oglesby, IL 61348, USA
Most people go to Starved Rock State Park in Illinois during the summer, or at least during the spring when the waterfalls are likely to be roaring. My favorite time is winter. Yes, the paths are icy, and it's best to bring trekkers because...
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745 Cochran Hill Rd, Louisville, KY 40206, USA
Cherokee Park is a favorite among locals, and there are no questions why. The park turns beautiful colors in the fall, and features a 2.4 mile scenic loop through the rolling hills, meadows and woodlands, with lanes for both vehicle and...