Sightseeing in Chicago

One Adult or Child Discovery Pass to The Field Museum (Up to 31% Off)

The Field Museum

Central Chicago

Explore ancient Egypt, see SUE the T. rex, and get access to temporary exhibitions exploring subjects like biomechanics

$18 $12.50

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Walking Tour from WendyCity (Up to 51% Off). Two Options Available.

WendyCity

Multiple Locations

Tour the Mag Mile and learn some of its history during a relaxed walk before the stores open

$50 $25

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Chocolate Tour of Chicago with Six Tastings for One, Two, or Four from Great Food Tours (Up to 60% Off)

Great Food Tours

Chicago

Sample Aztec chocolate drinks, cupcakes, truffles, and chocolate donuts during two-hour chocolate tour along the Magnificent Mile

$50 $25

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$50 for an Architectural Boat Tour for Two ($84 Value). Reservation through Groupon Required.

Chicago Line Cruises

Chicago

Docent-narrated tours cover the history of Chicago's architectural innovations and how they influenced the present-day skyline

$84 $50

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Three-Hour Walking Food Tour for One or Two from Sidewalk Food Tours of Chicago (Up to 41% Off)

Sidewalk Food Tours of Chicago

Multiple Locations

Local guides talk about the architecture and history of River North or Wicker Park while stopping at places such as Xoco and Antique Taco

$55 $34

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Tour by Bus for Two or Four from Chicago Crime Tours (Up to 53% Off)

Chicago Crime Tours

Chicago

Learn about more than 100 years of Chicago’s crime history in a 90-minute tour of famous crime scenes and landmarks

$79.90 $38

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Admission for Two, Four, or Six to National Hellenic Museum (Up to 53% Off)

National Hellenic Museum

West Town

Explore Greek culture and history inside a gorgeous 40,000 sq.-ft. limestone building filled with Greek-themed artwork and exhibits

$20 $10

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One-Year Membership to DuSable Museum of African American History (50% Off). Four Options Available.

DuSable Museum of African American History

Washington Park

Examine tales and artifacts of African American history with studies of African nations, murals, and even an animatronic Harold Washington

$60 $30

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Arcade/Bar Tournament League from BUCKit List Events - Individual or Team Registration (Up to 55% Off)

BUCKit List Events

Multiple Locations

Three-person teams go head-to-head in seven-week arcade tournament with one week of playoffs

$80 $39

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"Speakeasy" Social Game Experience for One, Two, Four, or Eight at Waxwing Puzzle Co. (Up to 57% Off)

Waxwing Puzzle Co.

Lincoln Square

Players take part in a role-playing event that is set in the prohibition era and pulls from mob folklore

$40 $20

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Haunted-History Walking Tour for Two or Four with Ghost-Hunting Equipment from Spirit Expeditions (50% Off)

Spirit Expeditions

South Loop

A two-hour walking tour covers most haunted areas and allows guests to conduct their own paranormal investigation

$50 $25

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Admission for Two or 1-Year Individual or Family Membership at International Museum of Surgical Science (50% Off)

International Museum of Surgical Science

Near North Side

More than 600 art pieces and 7,000 medical artifacts—including a working iron lung—trace the advancement of surgery throughout history

$30 $15

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Visit for One, Two, or Four to the Chicago History Museum (Up to 48% Off)

Chicago History Museum

Lincoln Park

Chicago museum brings history to life with 22 million artifacts & topical exhibits, including a look at 50 years of the Ebony Fashion Fair

$14 $8

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General, Family, or Friend Sponsor Annual Membership to the APR Pullman Porter Museum (Half Off)

APR Pullman Porter Museum

Far South Chicago

Museum celebrates the victories of the nation's first African-American labor unions and the history of African-American railroad workers

$50 $25

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Running Tours of Downtown Chicago from Chicago Running Tours & More (Up to 55% Off)

Chicago Running Tours & More

Central Chicago

Professional guides lead sightseeing tours at a jogging pace during excursions that emphasize fun and learning over speed

$32 $15

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Visit for Two or Four, or Individual or Family Membership to Museum of Broadcast Communications (Up to Half Off)

Museum of Broadcast Communications

Near North Side

Artifacts and digitized recordings detail the history of radio and television; interactive station lets visitors anchor their own newscasts

$24 $12

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Admission for One or Two to Chicago Sports Tours (Up to 52% Off)

Chicago Sports Tours

Chicago

Saturday sports tours explore Chicago's rich history of football, baseball, basketball, and hockey

$42 $21

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$37 for a Two-Hour Segway Tour of Downtown Chicago from Segway Experience of Chicago (Up to $65 Value)

Segway Experience of Chicago

The Loop

Atop a latest-generation Segway PT, guests coast past Buckingham Fountain and Millennium Park, occasionally pausing for photo ops

$65 $37

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One-Year Individual or Family Membership at The Adler Planetarium (Up to 39% Off)

The Adler Planetarium

Central Chicago

See the Chicago night sky as it looked in 1913, view a Mars rover replica, and explore the makeup of the universe—from galaxies to atoms

$89 $59

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Historic spacecraft, fragments of faraway worlds, and maps of the galaxy make outer space seem completely within reach. That's the magic of The Adler Planetarium. From the moment visitors pass through the Clark Family Welcome Gallery?a portal of aluminum tubing, fabric, and video projections?they embark on a journey through space, time, and imagination.

  • Eye Catcher: Earth's neighbors and one massive yellow sun hang overhead in Our Solar System, which also includes a fragment of meteorite and a replica of the Mars rover.
  • Permanent Mainstay: The Historic Atwood Sphere, Chicago's oldest planetarium, where guests can step under a steel dome to view the night sky as it appeared in 1913 thanks to 692 drilled holes.
  • Hands-On Experiments: In The Universe: A Walk Through Space and Time, you can send yourself digital postcards from across the universe; it'll only take four hours for one to arrive from Neptune, but be prepared to wait 2.5 million years for one to arrive from the Andromeda galaxy.
  • Hidden Gem: The space visualization lab introduces guests to cutting edge research that astronomers use to convey the vastness of space or the size of the castle they want to build on the moon.
  • Don't Miss: The live planetarium show, Destination Solar System, blends a sci-fi plot with real science as it journeys to Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn's moon Titan.
  • Special Programs: Every third Thursday of the month, Adler After Dark lets amateur astronomers 21 and older spend the evening gazing at the stars with cocktails in hand.

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How an Adler Planetarium scientist and "Lalaloopsy" TV writer propelled their audience across the solar system.
1300 S Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago,
IL
US

Today, millions of people live and thrive among the streets and skyscrapers of Chicago, but at one time the bustling metropolis had only one resident?namely, the city's apocryphal, somewhat legendary founder, Jean Baptist Point DuSable. A Haitian of French and African descent, DuSable was the first of Chicago's great African Americans, a company that includes the city's first black mayor, Harold Washington. In one of the DuSable Museum's standing exhibits, the Thomas Miller mosaics, portraits of DuSable and Washington peer out along with eight of the founding members of the museum?a constellation of lodestars reminding visitors to maintain Chicago's diverse heritage.

While the mosaics incorporate the museum's own story, other exhibits examine African American achievements of all kinds. Red, White, Blue & Black, for instance, examines the contributions of black men and women in the armed forces. In A Slow Walk to Greatness: The Harold Washington Story, visitors explore the nuances of the momentous campaign through memorabilia and more than 150 mayoral artifacts. An animatronic likeness of Mayor Washington himself even steps in to relay stories and first-hand accounts made possible by animatronic robots' ability to travel through time. In addition to the permanent exhibits, the museum also hosts musical performance, film festivals, and book signings that introduce members to more aspects of African American history, including the scholars who continue to uncover it.

740 E 56th Pl.
Chicago,
IL
US

The Chicago Academy of Sciences created a library and collection of flora and fauna specimens that burnt in the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, just 14 years after its inception. By 1894, the academy had regrouped and rebuilt its collection in Lincoln Park, where it stood for more than 100 years. In 1999, the academy turned it into the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, a family-friendly museum filled with exhibits that let visitors explore the flora, fauna, and ecology of the Great Lakes region.

The 6.35-acre campus hosts more than 15,000 plants, 13,000 birds, and 22,000 amphibians and reptiles in its specimen collections. As visitors walk through Popular attractions include the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven, where visitors can stand in a swirl of 1,000 exotic butterflies, and Mysteries of the Marsh and the Istock Family Look-in Lab, which feature dozens of living creatures, such as turtles, snakes, and giant bugs. The two-story Extreme Green House offers a hands-on look at the materials and technologies that surround us.

In addition to educating the public, the museum is a local leader in wildlife conservation. It's nestled in acres of restored prairie, where visitors can spot migratory birds and other native critters and plants. Outdoor exhibits include 17,000 square feet of green roofs, a restored-prairie nature trail, and a rooftop birdwalk.

2430 N Cannon Dr
Chicago,
IL
US

The creative team of framers and decorators at Foursided stocks stacks of creative greeting cards and paraphernalia. The self-described "frame nerds" do more than cultivate a collection of stationery by planting paper seeds in nearby printing presses; they also place prints and objects into frames and furnish homes with original pieces by a handful of favored artists. Staffers also buy and sell vintage flash cards, puzzle pieces, and letter tiles harvested from a variety of objects.

Owner Todd Mack has worked in framing for 20 years, and he draws on his vast experience when custom mounting a broad spectrum of pieces. Vintage and recycled frames, archival framing, and shadow boxes are a few of the options available. Mack's interest in shadow boxes makes perfect sense to visitors who take a look at his own art, which assembles found photos and objects in forms that aren't always 2-D.

On HGTV's Urban Oasis, interior designer Vern Yip ornamented a luxury apartment with prints gathered from Foursided's expansive collection. In that collection, colorful shelves of letter blocks, maps, corks, baby-doll heads, and harmonicas turn personal, nostalgic objects into stylish new decorations. Candles, jewelry, and books round out the gift selections.

5061 N Clark St
Chicago,
IL
US

When entrepreneur Harold Pierce opened the first Harold’s Chicken Shack on Chicago’s South Side in 1950, his chefs fried chicken as it was ordered, filling customers' empty hands with baskets of fresh, piping-hot chicken in 12–15 minutes. Today, the chain of 62 restaurants peppered across the Midwest and Southwest continues the old tradition of rewarding patience with astonishingly delicious chicken. The long-standing shop specializes in a simple order—breaded chicken fried in a rich mix of vegetable oil and beef tallow for a home-cooked flavor. Chefs prep the chicken Chicago style by pouring a dash of sauce over the basket, which soaks into the white bread and crinkle fries that come with every order. Marked with the famed emblem of a cook chasing a chicken with a hatchet, the restaurant has saturated the city’s consciousness, earning a mention in Tucker Max’s I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell, an appearance in Kanye West’s music video Through the Wire, and its own chicken hologram projected over the skyline. Serious Eats sums up citywide sentiment for the chain: "When the words 'fried chicken' are uttered in Chicago, it’s a fair bet that the name Harold’s Chicken Shack will usually follow."

1134 W Washington Blvd
Chicago,
IL
US

Transistor’s love for local art and music is immediately evident when patrons enter the store’s Lincoln Avenue space, with visitors greeted by an eye-pleasing mélange of books, records, electronics, and musical instruments, many with Chicago connections. Deep-pine-green walls bear paintings, photographs, and prints by locally based visual artists, as well as silk-screened gig posters from bygone local shows. Books from Chicago arts-and-culture publishers such as Continuum and Taschen delve into film, photography, music, and other forms of creative expression. An ample stock of vinyl and CDs by indie-rock, punk, and classic-rock artists pairs with high-quality sound equipment, such as turntables and headphones from Numark. Regular in-store live performances by area musicians are dutifully recorded and posted on Transistor’s website, also home to a regular podcast featuring music curated by an eclectically minded five-person crew of store DJs. Periodic classes in skills such as oil and acrylic painting, home recording technology, and basic photography help transform art lovers into artists.

5045 N Clark St
Chicago,
IL
US

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