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Chicago Tourist Attractions

Chicago tourist attractions draw a large number of visitors to the city round the year. Some of the attractions are also accessible by the tourists free of cost. They can also participate in the various cultural events that take place in Chicago city and the neighboring places.

There are many interesting places to visit in Chicago. Chicago tourist attractions comprise amusement parks, theaters, shopping centers, downtown Chicago, art galleries, and beaches. Downtown Chicago is a hub of cultural centers, bars, and nightclubs. The Central Business District in Chicago is where the corporate buildings and skyscrapers are situated.

Below given are some of the most visited tourist destinations in Chicago:

  • Buckingham Fountain
    The Buckingham Fountain is located along Lake Michigan. It was opened to the public on May 26, 1927. This centerpiece is a popular destination for tourists and the local residents. The architectural design and color of the fountain is the most fascinating feature of the place. The fountain is made of pink marble. Visitors can enjoy the light and sound show that takes place in the evening. The light and sound display gives a stunning look to the fountain. The show lasts for around 20 minutes. It is a perfect place to visit with your children as well.

    Congress Parkway and Columbus Drive
    Chicago, IL 60605
    Tel: (312) 747-2474

  • Field Museum of Natural History
    The Field Museum is located in Museum Campus near Chicago’s lakefront. It is one of the most visited places in the lakefront region. Attracting a huge number of tourists every year, the museum houses some of the exclusive exhibits on nature, animals, and Chicago culture. Some of the prominent exhibits at the Field Museum of Natural History include the following:

    • Nature
    • Animals, Plants, Ecosystems
    • Rocks and Fossils
    • Culture
    • Africa
    • Asia and the Pacific
    • Global Themes
    • Evolving Planet

    Hours of operation:
    The Field Museum is open every day except on Christmas.
    Timings: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily. Last public admission at 4 p.m.

    Field Museum ticket rates:
    • General Admission (includes museum entry, SUE, Evolving Planet, and Inside Ancient Egypt) – Adults - $14; Seniors (ages 65+), Students (with ID) - $11; Children (ages 4-11) - $9.
    • Diamond Pass (general + all special exhibits): Adults - $33; Seniors, Students - $30; Children - $17.
    • Gold Pass (general + one special exhibit): Adults - $22; Seniors, Students - $19; Children - $12.
    • Platinum Pass (general + two special exhibits): Adults - $28; Seniors, Students - $25; Children - $15.

    1400 South Lake Shore Drive
    Tel: 312-922-9410

  • Chicago Funhouse Maze
    The Maze is located on the Navy Pier. You can have a delightful experience at this place. It is one of the major attractions in Navy Pier. The Maze has several twists and turns, and spiraling pathways. The rainbow Tunnel, Elevator, Mirror Maze, and the Blaze Maze offer great moments of fun and excitement to the family. The place also offers incredible optical illusions, the dark tunnel effect, and the fun of being lost.

    Ticket Rates of Chicago Funhouse Maze
    One time pass: Adults (13+) - $10.95; Children - $9.95
    Three time pass: Adults and Children - $12.95
    "4 pack" admission - $39.95.

    600 E. Grand Avenue (Navy Pier)
    Chicago, Il 60611
    Tel: 888-893-7300

    Other popular Chicago tourist attractions are the following:
    • Lincoln Park Zoo
    • Navy Pier
    • Hancock Observatory
    • Millennium Park
    • Sears Tower Skydeck
    • Shedd Aquarium
    • Wringley Field