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  • ebkader
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates134 contributions
    Given the proximity to "corner of Wabash and Lake" used by Neo and Trinity to exit the Matrix, this piece of art is just trippy enough to be worthy of its proximity to the legendary location used in The Matrix. Best view is from the bottom wher it feels you're in a gigantic kaleidoscope.
    Written 27 November 2022
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  • upsi91
    Los Angeles, CA2 contributions
    Its a beautiful park with elaborate gardens, structures, art installations and playground for children as well. One can comfortably spend a few hours relaxing and enjoying the site. The Bean steals the show in the park. Loved it.. Downtown Chicago is fun..
    Written 28 November 2022
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  • Slowe4
    12 contributions
    From shopping to amazing skyscrappers, this part of the city is a must do when visiting. Very Clean!
    Written 14 November 2022
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  • Amit Rathour
    Hyderabad, India26 contributions
    It was beautiful to walk - This is by far one of the highlights of my trip to Chicago. Great place to see the architecture and enjoy the passing boats
    Written 26 October 2022
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  • paul w
    London, UK15 contributions
    Can't belive this place is FREEEEE to visit, it's way better than London Zoo imo, great staff, amazing animals and the enviromets looked really well kept and plenty of space, there is also a really good place to get a Chicago Dog just to keep you going.

    You can give donations which of course we did, amazing place.
    Written 28 November 2022
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  • FAY E
    108 contributions
    This building must be priceless given the architecture, marble, dimensions, etc. Really awesome to visit and photograph.
    Written 8 November 2022
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  • Acampbell10
    Detroit, MI38 contributions
    The Conservatory was a wonderful way to spend the morning. The plants/landscapes were so nice to walk through. The staff was very friendly and plants were identified for easy recognition. I Highly recommend visiting for a peaceful 2 hours
    Written 15 October 2022
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  • Amanda C
    Gold Coast, Australia1,647 contributions
    A fantastic trail area along Lake Michigan.
    I walked from town to the Aquarium and Field Museum over a couple of different days and enjoyed the Autumn leaves blowing everywhere, the Canada Geese that had come to visit and getting out into the fresh air.
    If I'd travelled with friends, I definitely would have hired the bikes and done some additional riding and exploring.
    A great open space area for residents and visitors alike.
    Written 30 October 2022
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  • Jesus Z
    Monterrey, Mexico36 contributions
    It's a great area.
    You'll walk a lot so make sure you have comfortable shoes. There are a lot of bars, restaurants, shops.
    You can rent scooters and bikes.
    Written 30 September 2022
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  • Grover R
    Pensacola, FL16,956 contributions
    One of the great outdoor features in Chicago is this fountain in Grant Park. It was the opening for the TV show Married with Children. It has also been featured in many other shows set in Chicago.

    Unfortunately, both times we visited the fountain it was down for repairs, while they started. However, the last day before we left, we caught a glimpse of the fountain working as we left town. I greatly enjoyed this fountain, especially the way it is set against the skyline. It was made for pictures.
    Written 27 November 2022
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  • Bowmanator22
    Charlotte, NC5,018 contributions
    Ran the loop before sunrise one day. Honestly I must admit that certain parts were too dark to fully take in the view, since I got there at 5:30am. But it was a wonderful run as the sun was coming up.
    Written 22 September 2022
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  • FAY E
    108 contributions
    I have traveled extensively. This skyline is top of the list in America. Nice to photograph even on a rainy day.
    Written 8 November 2022
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  • Angie
    Northfield, OH119 contributions
    Spent the weekend in Chicago with family. This is a hidden gem! Beautiful both inside and out. Best of all its FREE! Check it out!
    Written 16 October 2022
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, IL8,016 contributions
    You can't visit Chicago's Millennium Park without taking an obligatory side trip to Maggie Daley Park, one of the largest and busiest playgrounds in the city. Located at 337 East Randolph Street, bounded by Randolph, Monroe, Columbus and Lake Shore Drive, connected to Millennium Park by the BP Pedestrian Bridge, it is a 25-acre public park in Chicago's Loop. Opened in 2014 and named after the former first lady of the city who died of cancer in 2011, the $60 million venue is situated on land where Daley Bicentennial Plaza previously stood. It was almost entirely remade with multiple new features, including a new field house, a quarter-mile-long ice skating ribbon, rock climbing walls, a dozen tennis courts, picnic groves, three open lawn areas, landscaped gardens and children's playground. Open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily, the three-acre Play Garden is perhaps the most popular attraction in the park. Available for children ages 12 and under, it contains six different play areas--The Wave Lawn, The Harbor, The Watering Hole, The Slide Crater, The Enchanted Forest and The Sea. The Sea is an 8,500-square-foot "play loop" that features a large metal play ship. The Enchanted Forest is a 3,590-square-foot network of pathways that also includes a Kaleidoscope or mirror maze. The 12,000-square-foot Slide Center that features two slides. The 1,200-square-foot Watering Hole is an animal-themed play space that features several plastic animals, including a whale. The 2,000-square-foot Harbor features three full-sized play boats. The 16,530-square-foot Wave Lawn cuts a swath through the center of the Play Garden.
    Written 27 November 2022
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  • Terri P
    Baltimore, MD215 contributions
    This place is nice with a mix of tourist and regulars. Nice waterfront spot. Take time to see. Great views of the city and buildings. It is free so nothing to loose.
    Written 29 October 2022
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