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Chicago: 10 places to visit

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Adler’s Planetarium

Even though the planetarium is equipped with the latest technology, the guests of the Astronomical Museum are captivated by another thing – real-virtual travel in time and space in the Sky Theater, which takes place in super-high resolution.

The themes of performances tend to center around the unidentified universe and its interactions with humans throughout human history. The recently restored Mission Moon exhibit allows visitors to see the Gemini-12 capsule and learn more about the history of space exploration.

Brookfield Zoo

The zoo, which is spread over 87 hectares of land, is home to more than 6,000 animals. The main exposition of the zoo – the Great Bear Wilderness exhibit, which occupies 3 hectares, presents the natural habitat of the inhabitants of North America – polar bears, grizzly bears, Mexican gray wolves, bison, eagles, and ravens.

The pavilion dedicated to the tropics deserves special attention – an enclosed space with an artificial microclimate of humid forests. Once there, you will be able to observe how primates sway on vines, and strange birds fly and sing overhead. Brookfield Zoo has truly ideal conditions for animal life, in which some of the fauna often produce offspring.

Historical Museum of Chicago

The Historical Museum of Chicago is a place where people can talk about seemingly boring events and things – interesting and unusual. The collection of the museum contains many exhibits and antiques, through which you can study the history of the city of Chicago and the entire state of Illinois.

Bright and important moments in the history of the city are presented in the format of dioramas. Besides, the museum houses impressive relics such as the bed in which President Lincoln died.

DuSable Museum of African American History

The history of the museum dates back to 1961, when the doctor, writer, and historian Margaret Taylor-Burroughs gathered at home a small collection of artifacts relating to the history of the African American people. Since then, the collection has grown into the largest and oldest museum of African American history, culture, and art in the United States.

The museum managed to go through really difficult times, but since the beginning of the 90s of the last century, it began to flourish and enjoy popularity among visitors to the city of Chicago. The museum contains about 15,000 various exhibits – paintings, sculptures, prints, and more.

Grant Park

Grant Park covers an area of ​​almost 130 hectares. It is located along the coastal area of ​​Chicago. The city’s famous landmarks are located here – Millennium Park, Buckingham Fountain, the Museum of Art, and the Museum Campus, which brings together several art institutions worthy of your attention.

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In summer, the park hosts the Lollapalooza, Blues Fest, and Taste of Chicago festivals.

John Hancock Observatory

Formerly the John Hancock Observatory, today the Chicago 360 Observatory, offers delicious dinners and lunches, breathtaking views, and interactive tours at 305 meters. The site is located on the 94th floor, from where you can see four neighboring states from a bird’s eye view. The latest novelty of the observation deck is an “attraction” that allows visitors to view the city from a transparent platform, which is located at an angle of 30 degrees.

Lincoln Park Zoo

This small zoo covers just 14 hectares of land and is considered one of the oldest zoos in the United States. Admission is free, which is rare for historical and cultural sites in America. The zoo is home to about 1200 animals – from monkeys to zebras.

Special attention should be paid to the Kovler pavilion with the lion’s family and the Regenstein center with African monkeys. The center’s latest innovation is the Monkey Forest, where you can watch Japanese macaques wandering through the trees and taking hot baths.

Museum of Contemporary Art

Within the walls of this museum is one of the largest collections of national contemporary art. Moreover, it often hosts large exhibitions and film screenings. After interesting excursions, visitors can always enjoy delicious food in the museum restaurant or dine in the picturesque sculpture garden. A must-see is the gift shop that boasts the city’s best selection of quirky trinkets.

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Cinema Music box

For true moviegoers who skip trendy Hollywood blockbusters in favor of art-house films and documentaries, there is no better movie theater than Music Box. This state-of-the-art dual-screen cinema showcases independent films and foreign films all year round. The grand main hall of the cinema often hosts midnight screenings of movie classics. Besides, only here offer popcorn with real butter.

Naval pier

This tourist favorite has it all: shops, eateries, an IMAX cinema, and an abundance of sightseeing boat tours. In the park, on the pier, there is a 45-meter-high Ferris wheel, an old carousel, and an 18-hole mini-golf course.

Also, you should look into the children’s museum and enjoy the show on the Family Pavilion Stage, where the entertainment program is constantly changing. This park is constantly boiling with life, regardless of the season and weather.

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