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Institute for the Study of Ancient Cultures

Without leaving Chicago, you can see far-off and ancient civilizations thanks to the Oriental Institute Museum. The Institute Museum, a part of the University of Chicago campus in Hyde Park, houses top-notch anthropological and archaeological displays regarding the first human civilizations that emerged in the East. Visitors can reflect on man's accomplishments as they examine rare artifacts from historic nations including Turkey, Israel, Egypt, Mesopotamia, Iran, and Palestine. Afterwards, browse the "Suq" (Arabic for "market") for Eastern finds and unusual gifts. Guided group tours and workshops are available to ease the trip for you.

Willis Tower

Formerly the Sears Tower, the Willis Tower stands proud at a towering 1450 feet (442.1 meters). The 108 storied landmark was a pinnacle of modern architecture when it was completed in 1973 and held the title of the Western Hemisphere's highest skyscraper till 2014. The top of the building's 1353-foot (412.4 meters) Skydeck on the 103rd floor features bird's eye views of Lake Michigan, both the North and South Sides of the city, the surrounding suburbs and on clear days, parts of Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan. The Skydeck Tour also includes a multimedia presentation and an exhibit with information on the Willis Tower and other architecturally significant buildings.

The Merchandise Mart

The Merchandise Mart is one of the world's largest commercial centers and largest wholesale design centers. The enormous property sits on 42,000,000 square feet (3901927 square meters) and is one of Chicago's premier international business locations. The upper levels of office space, designer showrooms, and conference center space are closed to the general public. The first two floors, however, have been converted into a full retail mall that includes specialty stores and a food court. For more information, visit the website.

Maggie Daley Park

Located close to Lake Michigan, Maggie Daley Park is a lush green, spacious expanse with several interesting features to keep you entertained. The park is named after the former first lady of Chicago who passed away in the year 2011. Within its premises, the park has rock-climbing facilities, a ribbon like space for ice-skating, wooded picnic spots, a cafe, a playground for kids, and more. All in all, this is a great place to spend a fun day out with the family.

DuSable Black History Museum and Education Center

DuSable Museum of African American History is an unparalleled place to salute the contributions made by African-Americans to world history and learn about their culturally rich heritage. The iconic museum showcases extensive collections of award-winning paintings, photography, sculptures, and other works by various African and African-American artists. Original slave documents and civil rights memorabilia are also displayed here. The museum hosts numerous public programs throughout the year, including lectures, special exhibits, and workshops. An incredible place of immense significance, a visit here is a must as it is a much-needed history lesson.

875 North Michigan Avenue

875 North Michigan Avenue, formerly the John Hancock Center, has been gracing Chicago's skyline since 1969. An architectural marvel, this 100-story structural expressionist building is among the world's tallest buildings. Its X-braced glass facade is crowned with a band of changing lights that can be seen from across the city at night. A trip to the 94th floor observatory reveals a breathtaking picture of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline. Talking telescopes provide information on the sights below, while an open-air skywalk promises a chance to experience why Chicago is called the Windy City from 1,000 feet (304 meters) up. Virtual tours of popular Chicago sights are available here. One of the city's major attractions, 875 North Michigan Avenue is truly iconic.

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