On South Michigan Avenue, two bronze lions guard the treasured masterpieces inside the Art Institute of Chicago, the crown jewel of Chicago museums and one often heralded as the world’s best. Another renowned destination is the Chicago Cultural Center—as the country’s first free municipal cultural center, it may not technically be a museum, but the Tiffany dome and documentations of visits from world leaders sure make it feel like one. Those interested in more than just art and architecture should probably check out the Field Museum, where you can visit Sue, the world’s largest, most complete T. Rex ever found, and the Chicago Children’s Museum, where kids can explore an array of interactive exhibits.

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