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1180 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago,
IL
US

1538 N Wells St
Chicago,
IL
US

There was at least one time the Chicago sky lit up before 1900: the Great Fire of 1871. In the Chicago History Museum’s largest permanent exhibit, guests can see household objects fused together by the fire’s heat before exploring the city’s jazz clubs, retro fashions, and even Lincoln Logs.

1601 N Clark St
Chicago,
IL
US

If 360 Chicago—the the John Hancock observation deck—had a baseball card, the stats on the back would be pretty impressive: it's perched 1,000 feet in the air on the 94th floor, and on clear days, visibility stretches up to 50 miles. With the Magnificent Mile bustling below and Lake Michigan sprawling endlessly nearby, the popular attraction provides some of the best views in the country according to Travel and Leisure magazine.

But stunning vistas and the chance to witness sailboats below floating in the shape of the mayor's face aren't the only reasons to visit. In 2014, 360 Chicago opened Tilt, an attraction that brings brave guests face to face with a moving set of windows that angle 30 degrees downward for a spine-tingling glimpse of the streets below. Plus, interactive multimedia stations in seven languages share loads of information about the city and its architecture, and an onsite cafe serves snacks, drinks, and plenty of liquid courage.

875 N Michigan Ave
Chicago,
IL
US