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Chicago is a vibrant metropolis and a world-class city of unsurpassed beauty, attracting visitors from around the world. Located on the shores of Lake Michigan in the heart of the Midwest, the city is famous for blues music, professional sports teams, an internationally renowned symphony orchestra, spectacular live theater, celebrated architecture, thousands of restaurants, world-class museums, and legendary shopping. You'll also find the nation's largest convention center, Wrigley Field, Willis Tower, delicious deep-dish Chicago pizza, and fun family activities.

Chicago Tours

For visitors on the go, the Go Chicago Card and Chicago Explorer Pass offer unsurpassed access to the best Chicago attractions. The Go Chicago Card is a multi-attraction pass that gives you the most choices at Chicago's top attractions. Attractions include Navy Pier, museums and Willis Tower. Or, create your own itinerary with the Chicago Explorer Pass. The Explorer Pass includes admission to five attractions for one low price.

Adler Planetarium

Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum was the first planetarium in the Western Hemisphere. Adler fuels the imagination with state-of-the-art computer technology in the world's first StarRider Theater, while showcasing a renowned collection of historical astronomy artifacts. The first Friday of every month is Far Out Friday, from 9:00 am - 10:00 pm. Visit www.adlerplanetarium.org for more info on upcoming events.

Field Museum of Natural History

Founded in 1893, the Field Museum in Chicago displays 20 million biological and anthropological specimens, complemented by a natural history library. Discover Sue, the largest and most complete T-Rex ever found. Get a bug's-eye view in Underground Adventure. Descend into an Egyptian tomb or watch a glowing lava flow. Be dazzled by sparkling gems and come nose-to-nose with the man-eating lions of Tsavo. The Field Museum offers opportunities for research and learning through exhibits and innovative educational programs. Visit www.fieldmuseum.org.

Museum of Science and Industry

The Museum of Science and Industry is the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere, featuring 14 acres of hands-on exhibits. Explore a World War II German submarine, see your blood running through your veins or manipulate a live 40-foot tornado. Located only a few miles from downtown, the museum is easily accessible via public transportation (CTA trains or buses) or there is convenient underground parking. MSI is open every day from 9:30 am -4 pm, with extended hours until 5:30 pm during summer, holidays and spring breaks. Visit www.msichicago.org.

McCormick Place Convention Center

McCormick Place Convention Center in downtown Chicago is North America's premier convention facility, comprising the state-of-the-art South and North buildings and the Lakeside Center. The epicenter of business in Chicago, McCormick Place features 2.2 million sq. ft. of exhibit halls, 112 meeting rooms, assembly seating for 10,000 people, three 345-seat theaters, the largest ballroom in Chicago, and the Arie Crown Theater. McCormick Place Convention Center is also the nation's largest convention space. Visit www.mccormick.com or call 312-791-7000.

Museum of Contemporary Art

Just steps from Michigan Avenue and the historic Water Tower in downtown Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art highlights today's innovative artists. Take a free guided tour and stroll through the grand, barrel-vaulted galleries overlooking Lake Michigan. Enjoy lunch at the museum's Wolfgang Puck Café and shop in the MCA Store.Visit www.mcachicago.org for info on upcoming exhibits.

Children's Museum

The anchor of Navy Pier, the Children's Museum features engaging interactive exhibits and fun things to do for kids. Dig deep in the Dinosaur Expedition, get wet at WaterWays, or climb to the crow's nest on the Kovler Family Climbing Schooner. Younger kids can have fun in Playmaze and Treehouse Trails. Hourly art workshops happen in the Kraft Artabounds Studio, and Members and children under 1 are free. Permanent exhibits include Design Your Dreams and Play it Safe. Visit www.chicagochildrensmuseum.org.

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