What to Do in Chicago

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There are so many things to do and see in Chicago that it would take you a month to experience them all! Below are listed just a handful of the highlights of the Windy City (named not for a weather phenomenon -- although the winds can blow pretty strong down by the lakefront -- but awarded the moniker in the 1800's for all the hot air bellowing from politicians!).

We certainly couldn't begin to try to list all there is to do and see in Chicago, so go to www.choosechicago.com for a comprehensive guide to everything our great city has to offer visitors: from attractions and bookstores to ethnic dining delights to fabulous shopping, from museums to the Magnificent Mile!

Click here for Shopping Packages at Fashion Outlets of Chicago Mall with more than 210 stores and The Arts Initiative art gallery. Directions: take River Road-South to Technology Blvd. (1/10th of a mile past Balmoral, turn right when you see McCormick & Schmick's Seafood)

Rivers Casino: At Rivers Casino, step into the excitement of nearly 1,050 slots and nearly 50 table games. Find all of your favorites and so much more on our entirely non-smoking 43,000 square foot gaming floor. - See more at: http://www.riverscasino.com/desplaines/casino/#sthash.Hhhwe15Y.dpuf

Step into the excitement of nearly 1,050 slots and 48 game tables, including dollar slots and video poker -- plus a tantalizing variety of food, beverage and entertainment. You'll find all of your favorites on the entirely non-smoking 44,000 sq.ft. game floor.

Donald E. Stephens Museum of Hummels, 9511 Higgins Road, Rosemont. 847-692-4000; call for tours. Open Monday - Friday only. Take a close look at more than 1,000 rare M.I. Hummels and ANRI woodcarvings. Admission and parking are free.For more information or to arrange a private group viewing call (847) 692-4000.

Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore: Chicago's PREMIER mystery bookstore! The atmosphere is warm and friendly with oak bookcases labeled with the historical era or subject matter of the books on the shelves. There are two Windsor chairs, a rocking chair, and a church pew to sit on while reviewing books prior to your purchases. C&S has frequent author signings, of histories, biographies, and mysteries, for both adults & children. In some cases, C&S has visits from the famous/infamous -- i.e., Napoleon, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Luther, Twain, Elizabeth I, Joan of Arc, Isabella of Castile, F.D.R. and others -- who have "passed on" and whom you can argue with when they appear -- portrayed by members of C&S's History Discussion Group in its Meeting of Minds series. Click here to check out some of Chicago's other great independant and used bookstores.

Navy Pier: shops, exhibits, the Big Ferris Wheel, tall ships and more!

Water Tower Place: Chicago's mecca of shopping on the Magnificent Mile features seven levels of name brand stores and one-of-a-kind boutiques.

Shedd Aquarium: the largest indoor aquarium in the world!

Art Institute of Chicago: Chicago's crown jewel houses more than 300,000 works of art and includes among its treasures American Gothic by Grant Wood and Edward Hopper's Nighthawks

The Field Museum: From Dinosaurs to DNA, take a journey that spans billions of years at the Field Museum in Chicago.

Lincoln Park Zoo: One of the nation's oldest zoos housing 1,200 animals representing 230 species, with a children's zoo, carousel and paddle boats.

Museum of Science and Industry: The largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere. Visit and enjoy live science experiences, displays and demonstrations from all walks of life, around the word and in outer space; tour a World War II sub; watch a big-screen film at the Omnimax Theater; and more!

Adler Planetarium: America's first planetarium and a premiere resource for inspiring the next generation of space explorers.

Chicago Cultural Center: The Chicago Cultural Center, opened in 1897, is a Chicago Landmark building that houses the city's official reception venue where the Mayor of Chicago has welcomed Presidents and royalty, diplomats and community leaders.

Robie House, created by Frank Lloyd Wright, is considered one of the most important buildings in American architecture.

DuSable Museum of African American History: America's foremost museum of African American history. Founded in 1957 by Dr. Margaret T. and Charles G. Burroughs on the south side of Chicago, dedicated to the study and conservation of African American history, culture, and art.

Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio: Located in nearby Oak Park, the architect's home and studio have been lovingly and faithfully restored by the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust to its appearance in 1909, the last year Frank Lloyd Wright lived there with his family.

Ernest Hemingway Birthplace Home & Museum: host to permanent and temporary exhibits that explore the author's life, including exhibits of rare photos and artifacts, such as his childhood diary and the famous letter from nurse Agnes von Kurowsky-later portrayed in A Farewell to Arms.

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