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Shedd Aquarium is great at sunset - great spot to get the skyline.

Adler's Planetarium great for skyline shot as sunset

Millennium Park in downtown Chicago, it is on the lakefront along Michigan Avenue. It starts at Randolph on the north end and is adjacent to Grant Park, which goes to Congress on the south end. Within these two parks are Cloud Gate (Chicagoans call it "the Bean") (which is fascinating), the Crown Fountain (unique), the Pritzker Pavilion, Wrigley Square, some beautiful gardens and, of course, Buckingham Fountain.  The Bean sculpture

Art Institute along Michigan Avenue is a beautiful building with a great collection of artwork.  South of downtown along the lakefront (Lake Shore Drive) is the Museum of Science and Industry.   It is the only building still standing from the Columbian Exposition in Chicago.  Louis Sullivan buildings for architecture. The Water Tower - corner of Chicago Ave & Michigan Ave., and the Museum of Contemporary Art 1/2 block east of Michigan Ave. on Chicago Ave. The Tribune Building at 401 N. Michigan Ave. The Wrigley Building (Michigan Avenue just north of the river) is beautiful.  If you keep going north on Michigan Avenue, you will come to the Water Tower - significant as the spot where the Great Chicago Fire came to a halt.  North Michigan Avenue is also a shopper's heaven. For an overall view of the City, go to the top of the Sears Tower (on Wacker Drive around Adams Street). Downtown Chicago is filled with modern artwork - most notably the Picasso at Daley Center (Washington between Randolph and Clark) and the Miro (across the street from the Picasso).  The Chicago River and the drawbridges over it.  The statue of Irv Kupcinet at Wacker Ave. and Wabash Ave. Grant Park a forest of 10-foot tall headless figures. BP Bridge, Lurie Garden

Lincoln Park Zoo

Frank Gehry Pavillion

Frank Lloyd Wright home and neighborhood, Wrigley Field, Buckingham Fountain Grant Park

Brookfield Zoo

Garfield Park Conservatory

At the far south end, at Michigan Avenue and Roosevelt (1200 South) is the Agora - a forest of 10-foot tall headless figures by Magdalena Abakanowicz.

Navy Pier - at Grand Avenue East of Lake Shore Drive, with its Ferris Wheel - go up in it, you'll have a marvelous view overlooking the city! I took some photos from the Ferris Wheel

Galena is a small town about 3 hours northwest of Chicago with quite a few historic buildings -- including a hotel that held one of the Lincoln/Douglass debates and the Ulysses S. Grant Home State Historic Site

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is about an hour southwest of Chicago.  Aside from the dunes and lakeshore there is the Chellberg Farm (typical 1890-1910 farmstead) and the Bailly Homestead (which is a National Historic Landmark).In addition, there are five homes from the 1933 Chicago World's Fair (Century of Progress).  They were moved to the dunes (Beverly Shores) a couple of years after the fair ended.

Peoria Festival of Lights in East Peoria during December. A mile long drive thru a park filled with lights in the shape of different things.

Wildlife Prairie Park Peoria.

Maeystown is a historical town with many old buildings, bridges and a river through town.

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