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What Can I Do in Chicago, Illinois?

Chicago has plenty of daytime and night-time activities.
The "Bean", properly called Cloud Gate, can be seen at Millenium Park.
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No matter what your interests are, you're sure to find a great variety of things to do in Chicago. Whether you’re outdoors or indoors, Chicago’s attractions are endless. Frank Lloyd Wright's Home and Studio, Art Institute of Chicago, Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum, Lamb's Farm and the Navy Pier offer just a few of the many great sights and sound of Chicago.

The Navy Pier at Chicago's lakefront area has restaurants, shopping and attractions such as a huge Ferris wheel and an IMAX theater. A carousel, mini golf course and children's museum can also be found here. One of the most popular things to do at the Navy Pier is to spend at least twenty minutes walking through the Amazing Chicago Funhouse Maze. The activity is educational and fun as you walk in Chicago settings including Above Chicago, Landmark Chicago and Underground Chicago as you experience special effects such as funhouse mirrors and lights.

Lamb's Farm is a great place to take children as it has a petting zoo, miniature golf and a miniature train. It's a popular place for birthday parties and has a restaurant, bakery and ice cream parlor. Lamb's Farm was started in 1961 by two special education teachers, Robert Terese and Corrine Owen, and the Farm employs adults with mental disabilities in a supportive live and work environment.

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Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum is a world-class museum with many exhibits and astronomical discoveries from ancient times to the modern day. Adler is educational for all ages and has a digital theater, valuable books, interactive exhibits, computer games and films. The Art Institute of Chicago is another interesting and educational place perfect for all ages. The Institute has American, Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works such as pieces by Cezanne, Renoir, Monet, Seurat, Rembrandt and Van Gogh. The new Modern Art Wing has paintings by Picasso, Magritte and Matisse as well as sculptures, drawings and textile art from Africa and Asia.

Architect Frank Lloyd Wright's Home and Studio is located in Oak Park, Chicago. Wright built the home for his wife, Catherine, and their six children. The family lived here from 1889-1901. Many of Wright's well-known design principles were illustrated first in this home and studio. Guided tours may be available and you can tour the home and studio and see beautiful details such as the art glass window in the children's playroom.

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