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Local Experiences in Chicago

By Viator, July 2018

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Willis Tower and Navy Pier are by no means hidden gems to locals of Chicago. But when was the last time, if ever, you’ve actually visited the top of the former Sears Tower or braved the crowds on the waterfront for an old-fashioned day of family fun?
 
Many locals overlook the touristy delights that make visitors fall in love with their city. If you're not sure where to start, our Viator Insiders have created a 25-item bucket list for locals. We’ve even left three of the 25 items blank so you can write in your own must-do activities. 

You can get reacquainted with — or introduce your guests to — all the city has to offer with admission to the Art Institute of Chicago or an architecture cruise along the river. For more playful outings, go back to the Windy City’s underground heyday on a crime and mob tour or an evening Prohibition tour
 
It’s travel, without the jet lag.

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Skydeck Chicago Admission, Chicago, null
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Skydeck Chicago Admission

4.5 star rating: Recommended 587 Reviews

Gaze upon the city sights from the pinnacle of Chicago, the Skydeck. Located on the 103rd floor of Willis Tower, formerly Sears Tower -- the third-tallest ...  Read more

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Duration: Flexible

From USD $22.00
$24.00 Save $2.00
Tommy Gun's Garage Dinner and Show, Chicago, Attraction Tickets
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Tommy Gun's Garage Dinner and Show

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 153 Reviews

Welcome to the only speakeasy dinner show in Chicago Tommy Gun's Garage! Just say the password and you'll be transported back to the roaring twenties. You'll ...  Read more

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $67.00
Blue Man Group at the Briar Street Theater in Chicago, Chicago, Dinner Packages
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Blue Man Group at the Briar Street Theater in Chicago

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 101 Reviews

See the Blue Man Group, one of Chicago's longest running shows, at the Briar Street Theater in downtown Chicago. The phenomenon that has visited cities around ...  Read more

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Duration: 105 minutes (approx.)

From USD $54.60
$69.60 Save $15.00
Art Institute of Chicago Fast Pass Admission, Chicago, Theater, Shows & Musicals
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Art Institute of Chicago Fast Pass Admission

4.5 star rating: Recommended 44 Reviews

Art lover or not, the Art Institute of Chicago – the second-largest art museum in America – is not to be missed. Located in Chicago’s Grant Park, this amazing ...  Read more

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Duration: Varies

From USD $35.00
Chicago Odyssey Dinner Cruise, Chicago, Museum Tickets & Passes
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Chicago Odyssey Dinner Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 43 Reviews

Expect the exceptional on this 2.5-3 hour premier Chicago dinner cruise experience. Newly renovated, this luxury vessel features a newly furnished rooftop ...  Read more

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Duration: 2.5 to 3 hours

From USD $101.86
Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum, Chicago, Dinner Cruises
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Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum

4.5 star rating: Recommended 24 Reviews

Explore space with us! Roll up your sleeves and let curiosity be your guide. At the Adler Planetarium, you’ll find hands-on, minds-on activities and explore ...  Read more

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Duration: Flexible

From USD $34.95
Private Day Sailing Excursion on Lake Michigan, Chicago, Museum Tickets & Passes
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Private Day Sailing Excursion on Lake Michigan

Enjoy a private two-hour sailing experience for up to six people along Chicago’s beautiful lakefront.  Kick back, relax, and let the US Coast Guard licensed ...  Read more

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $389.76
Lake Michigan Speedboat Ride, Chicago, Day Cruises
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Lake Michigan Speedboat Ride

4.5 star rating: Recommended 28 Reviews

Feel the need for speed? This exhilarating speedboat ride takes you out onto Lake Michigan for the ride of a lifetime. Experience the roar of the ...  Read more

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Duration: 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $32.14
Museum of Science and Industry Chicago, Chicago, Jet Boats & Speed Boats
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Museum of Science and Industry Chicago

4.5 star rating: Recommended 7 Reviews

The Museum of Science and Industry Chicago is the largest science museum in the country.  Housed in the only remaining building from the 1893 World’s Fair, ...  Read more

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Duration: Flexible

From USD $19.95
Prison Break Escape Room in Chicago, Chicago, Museum Tickets & Passes
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Prison Break Escape Room in Chicago

Can you escape our hardest game? Located in River North just two blocks away from Michigan Ave, The Escape Game offers an escape from ordinary life and allows ...  Read more

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $38.14

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