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Downtown Chicago

Downtown Chicago

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Chicago is a city with an appetite—for food, of course, but also for design, history, and culture. Come here to marvel at the cutting-edge architecture or take in the gorgeous views of Lake Michigan; to spend a day cheering with baseball fans and a night laughing at a comedy show; to shop, to visit renowned institutions like the Field Museum and the Adler Planetarium, and to experience the legendary blues scene. To do all this, you'll need nourishment: taste deep-dish pizza, piled-high hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches, and more.

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Things You Can’t Miss

Samantha's Pick Art Institute of Chicago

Contemplate the deep thoughts of the anonymous diners of one of America’s most important and timeless paintings: Edward Hopper’s “Nighthawks.”

Art Institute of Chicago

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Samantha's Pick Passport to Beer

The Map Room is a great, friendly bar with 200 types of beer representing 36 brewing styles, and a proper glass is always used for each style of beer.

Passport to Beer

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Samantha's Pick Where to Stay

Chicago is an architectural showstopper, and I love to stay downtown to be surrounded by the swirl of art deco buildings and gleaming 20th-century towers.

Where to Stay

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Take a Stroll Through Millennium Park

Gaze at the reflected city skyline in Anish Kapoor's iconic, three-story sculpture, Cloud Gate, at this recent addition to Chicago's downtown area.

Take a Stroll Through Millennium Park

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See it All at the John Hancock Tower

For views as spectacular as those at the Willis Tower, and lines about half the size, this architectural gem in Chicago's northeast is a must visit.

See it All at the John Hancock Tower

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See Logan Square at Your Own Pace

Logan Square's sweeping boulevards make for some of Chicago’s best walking. Jump on the Blue Line and discover all that this neighborhood has to offer.

See Logan Square at Your Own Pace

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Laugh Out Loud at Second City

In the mood for comedy? Take the Brown Line over to Old Town for a night of laughs at Second City Theater – home of Chicago improv for over 50 years.

Laugh Out Loud at Second City

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