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Chicago Beer Garden

Situated on the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan, this is the best spot in Chicago to relax with a beer and enjoy a free concert, while also learning about the region's brewing industry.

Tours of the Chicago Brewery: 7:30pm, 9:30pm, 11pm For $10, visitors can enjoy the guided tour. Or the self-guided tour of Chicago's largest brewery. You can learn about the history of the brewery and about the different breweries in Chicago. Chicago Spotlight is a huge, free display of the great works of famous and upcoming artists. Open from Thursday to Sunday 13 W. Monroe St. In the basement of the Chicago Cultural Center, you will find the Chicago Spotlight. This massive arts and culture exhibit showcases the best in Chicago in creative ways.

Chicago Public Library

Chicago Public Library (also known as the 'oldest free public library system in the country') is the most visited library in the world, with 521 branch locations and more than seven million visitors annually. A free general admission pass to all branch locations is included with every Chicago Public Library card, including the Lincoln Park and Washington Park locations.

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Open since 2001, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago offers "the widest range of contemporary art in the world, including contemporary African, South Asian, Latin American, and Western European art and film."

Chicago Dining

There are many restaurants to choose from when you visit. Restaurants include Fluff, Brixx Wood Fired Pizza, Naha, Kaanapali, the Duck Inn, Donut Bar, Rosebud Saloon, Redstar, Taipei 101 and many more. If you're interested in local and unique eateries and have time for a little more shopping, check out Tinseltown Mall, which includes the famous food court Taste of China.

Chicago Restaurants

Chicago is one of the greatest cities for foodies. From Michelin star cuisine to inexpensive neighborhood places serving basic American meals, Chicago has a lot to offer in this department.

Chicago Art Museum

The Art Institute of Chicago – the world’s largest museum of Asian art and an iconic tourist destination for families and the world’s finest urban museum, housing the world’s largest collection of Asian art. Includes modern and contemporary art, European and American decorative arts and sculpture, ancient world art and archaeology, modern art and photography.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture – the nation’s first and only national museum dedicated to showcasing the rich and diverse African American experience.

Lake Michigan

Lake Michigan is one of the biggest attractions of Chicago. If you visit, you can take boat cruises, go on pontoon tours, etc. This includes the Chicago Riverwalk which is an underground pedestrian walkway. There are miles and miles of picturesque promenades, outdoor cafes and art. You can also visit the Shedd Aquarium which includes multiple levels and special exhibits.

Other Chicago Activities

PBS Cinema Center: The Cinema Center on the first floor of the Biograph Theater is home to the Viewfinder Film Festival which showcases independent films.

Alliance Francaise: The Alliance Française in Chicago can help you learn more about the French language.

Chicago Architecture Foundation: If you're looking to explore the city's history, the Chicago Architecture Foundation is a great place to visit.

Zed Chicago: This dog-friendly pub and restaurant has a variety of appetizers, pasta dishes and burgers, which you can buy as snacks or go all the way with the thick cut bacon or stuffed pepper.

The Goodman Theatre: Another one of Chicago's oldest theaters, The Goodman Theatre, has performances at the times of the day that you want. The main stage performances are at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. and it’s really worth a visit if you make it to Chicago

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