THE THIRD LARGEST NORTH AMERICAN CITY, CHICAGO RISES BOLDLY FROM THE PRAIRIE ALONG THE SPARKLING SHORES OF LAKE MICHIGAN.

The birthplace of the skyscraper, and home to some of the most celebrated theaters, museums, and architectural landmarks in the United States, the city’s legacy merges with a stunning natural lakeside landscape. Dine at standout restaurants, explore innovative parks and green spaces, and get lost for hours wandering through the vibrant neighborhoods of Chicago.

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Midway Airport (MDW), O'Hare International Airport (ORD)

DISCOVERIES

606 TRAIL
BETWEEN ASHLAND (1600W) AND RIDGEWAY (3750W) AVENUES
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A defunct elevated train rail line has been reinvented as a park and trail system connecting neighborhoods and reviving communities with much-needed green space. Hope on and off and several stops to bike or stroll the 2.7-mile recreational and cultural pathway lined with art exhibitions and distinctive landscape architecture.

ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO
111 SOUTH MICHIGAN AVENUE
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Stroll the skybridge from Millennium Park which connects to the Art Institute of Chicago’s glassy Modern Wing, designed by prize-winning architect Renzo Piano. At this renowned museum, contemporary work, European art, African sculpture, Islamic ceramics, and Chinese stoneware are displayed alongside American masters like Whistler, Homer, and O’Keeffe. As well, a distinctive series of miniature interiors depicting a Shaker living room, a Louis XV-era boudoir, and a traditional Japanese home are on view.

BIKE THE LAKEFRONT AND MUSEUM CAMPUS
CHICAGO LAKEFRONT
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One of the most scenic ways to explore the Windy City is on two wheels. Pedal the 26-miles of dedicated bike paths along Lake Michigan’s sparkling shoreline, and stop by the Museum Campus to stretch legs and take in the sites. Ditting this 57-acre museum park is North America’s first planetarium, the Field Museum of Natural History, Shedd Aquarium and Soldier Field which is the home stadium of the Chicago Bears.

CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE FOUNDATION RIVER CRUISE
112 EAST WACKER DRIVE
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Board Chicago’s First Lady for a leisurely architecture-geared boat cruise down the Chicago River. Knowledgeable docents from the Chicago Architecture Foundation impart the story, building by impressive building, of how this humble town rose from the prairie to become one of the world’s most architecturally daring cities.

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT HOME AND STUDIO
951 CHICAGO AVENUE, OAK PARK
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Renowned architect and designer Frank Lloyd Wright established his first studio in his home just west of Chicago in the suburb of Oak Park. Take the comprehensive tour of Wright’s home and personal effects-packed studio for an intimate glimpse into the life and work of the influential Prairie School Movement leader.

MILLENNIUM PARK
201 EAST RANDOLPH STREET
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Capture your reflection in Anish Kapoor’s polished, bean-shaped “Cloud Gate” sculpture known locally as “The Bean,” and splash in the puddles created by Jaume Plensa’s innovative “Crown Fountain” within Millennium Park. The open-air Jay Pritzker pavilion undulates with architect Frank Gehry’s signature brushed steel ribbons and is host to free concerts from a range of musicians from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to Wilco. Once a neglected industrial patch of parking lots and defunct railyard, its been transformed into 24-acres of green space, gardens and world-class architecture.

RIVERWALK
LAKE SHORE DRIVE TO FRANKLIN STREET
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Spend a few hours kayaking along the south bank of Chicago River before tieing up and coming on land to refuel. This lively pedestrian pathway has several dining and cocktail options, including a tiki-themed bar and the City Winery which also hosts live music, for a bite to eat with wonderful water views.

SECOND CITY THEATER
1616 N. WELLS STREET
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Catch comedy’s next-big-star at the legendary Second City Theater. Established in 1959, this performance space, acting and writing school for improvisational theater is where Bill Murray, John Belushi, Tina Fey, Amy Sedaris and a list of who’s-who of comedy got their start. Stay up late for the second performance of the mainstage sketch revue, which is followed by an outlandish improv session based on help from the audience.

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THE SHEDD AQUARIUM

OPENED IN 1930, THE SHEDD AQUARIUM REMAINS AN INNOVATIVE CENTER FOR AQUATIC LIFE AND IS HOME TO 32,000 ANIMALS, INCLUDING BELUGA WHALES.

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