The Art Institute of Chicago
Home to one of the country's leading art colleges, it also houses a vast and extensive collection of artefacts from throughout the ages. Amongst the collection of paintings are famous works by some of the biggest names in 19th and 20th century painting. Renoir's Two Sisters is housed here, as is Georges Seurat's Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. There are also many works by other masters amongst which Pablo Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Cézanne are just a few. The museum also has a large section devoted to contemporary American art.
A living museum of architecture, The Loop is Chicago's central business district and where the world's first skyscraper was built. It now boasts the Sears Tower, North America's tallest building, and the Monadnock Building, the tallest load-bearing masonry structure in the world.
Sears Tower Skydeck
Until 1996 this was the tallest structure in the world; now it's the second. In 1996 a building erected in Kuala Lumpur robbed the tower of its title, although the building still has the world's highest roof. It's the place to go for spectacular views of Chicago.
Chicago Board of Trade
The Chicago Board of Trade was established in 1848 and is the world's oldest and largest futures exchange.
The Field Museum
The Field Museum contains an Egyptian tomb, a superb collection of American Plains Indian artefacts and in 2000 it acquired Sue, the largest Tyrannosaurus Rex ever discovered.
Originally built for commercial shipping, this large pier was completely overhauled in the early nineties. Now, what was a dirty and derelict area boasts many shops, an IMAX cinema, big wheel, restaurants, an ice rink and other exciting activities for the pleasure seeker.
Museum of Science and Industry
World-famous museum with 800 interactive exhibits.
Shedd Aquarium / Oceanarium
The world's largest indoor aquarium features more than 6000 aquatic animals.
This is Chicago's most prestigious area, lined with distinguished shops, boutiques, opulent hotels and exclusive residential and office buildings.