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Top 5 Things to Do in Chicago

See the visual splendor of one of America's foremost collections of art, enjoy an educational stroll through a 16-foot human heart or take in the majesty of Lake Michigan...from 1,454 feet in the air. These are just a few of the alluring attractions of Chicago. From its early days as a haven for mob kingpins and shady politicians to its current place as an architectural and artistic melting pot, Chicago has always been a city on the move.

As one of America's favorite cities, this hard-working town has a style all of its own. From its passionate sports fans, who consider Sunday a holy day simply because Da Bears are playing, to its impressive theater section, where many of Broadway's hits have their test runs, Chicago is one of a kind. If you're planning a visit to the Windy City, then here are the top five things to do in Chicago.

The Places to See in Chicago

No. 1 -- The Sears Tower

Although it's no longer the world's tallest building, the Sears Tower is still a must-see for any visitor to Chicago. The SkyDeck offers an uncompromised view of the surrounding areas in all of their glory from 1,454 feet up. See the vastness of Lake Michigan, the sprawling cityscape below and on a clear day, the views extend all the way to Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan. Enjoy the multimedia tour of the Sears Tower and learn how the building can actually sway four feet in each direction on a windy day! Seeing this marvel of architecture should be on the list of anyone planning to do Chicago on a budget.

No. 2 -- The Art Institute of Chicago

The glorious artwork of Rembrandt, Monet, Renoir, van Gogh and many others are always on display at the Art Institute of Chicago. As one of the nation's leading art collections, the Institute houses master artwork from numerous continents and from various centuries. The museum also offers complete guided tours and educational programs.

No. 3 -- The Museum of Science and Industry

The Museum of Science and Industry is edutainment at its finest. With interactive presentations and displays like the recent U-505 Submarine exhibit, your imagination will run wild while you learn about some of the most ingenious inventions of the modern age and their origins. There's always something exciting showing at the Omnimax Theatre and advance tickets are now available for the eagerly anticipated Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination exhibit.

No. 4 -- The Field Museum

Thousands of visitors arrive at the Field Museum on their Chicago travel plans each year to have a glimpse of Sue. Who's Sue? She's only the most complete, best preserved T-Rex skeleton ever unearthed and she's a main draw of this world-class museum. An incredible litany of animals, cultures and artifacts make this a must-see for any family looking for an exciting time. From eye-opening permanent exhibitions like Sue, to the special temporary ones like Darwin and Cheyenne Visions, there's always something different to enjoy with each visit.

No. 5 -- The John G. Shedd Aquarium & Oceanarium

The John G. Shedd Aquarium & Oceanarium has been enticing kids and adults alike for generations. From the 90,000 gallon coral reef display to the hypnotizing antics of the dolphins and whales, this aquarium is one of the most visited in the country. Over 650 species of fish, mammals and other creatures are yours to enjoy and learn about. Kneel before the Komodo King and stare in wonder at the new shark-filled Wild Reef exhibit, as you think about which Chicago restaurant you will be dining at for the evening.

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