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Visit the Art Institute of Chicago, on South Michigan Avenue, where you can admire popular Rembrandt masterpieces, as well as other beautiful art works offered in one of the finest art collections in the world, including guided museum tours and various educational programs.
Show your kids a good time in an educational manor, during your stay in Chicago, by taking them to John G. Shedd Aquarium, on South Lake Shore Drive, where they can see hundreds of species of fish, reptiles, birds, mammals and invertebrates from all over the world.
Spend a fun day out with the family, or friends, at Millennium Park, which can be found on East Randolph Street, featuring a large variety of indoor, as well as outdoor recreational opportunities for the entire family. If you're on vacation in Chicago, with your half, and you're trying to offer her a memorable experience, try taking a late night walk in the park. You won't regret it!
Visit Lincoln Park Zoo, located on North Clark Street, a great Chicago family attraction, representing one of the oldest zoological gardens in the country, dating since 1868, housing various species of animals, bird, reptiles and many other creatures.
Considered to be one of the most popular annual sporting events in Chicago, the Annual Chicago Half Marathon and 5K, which happens in September, is the 5th largest half marathon in USA, as well as the 21st largest road race in the country.
The 2010 marathon will be held in Jackson Park, which offers visitors, as well as runners, more than 600 acres of recreational opportunities, a perfect place for nature lovers, beach goers and athletes, alike. Last year, the marathon attracted a number of 20 000 participants, who were taken through the most scenic areas of the city, including downtown and along Michigan Lake. After the race, there is a great party happening in beautiful Jackson Park, in which everybody is invited.
The list of popular annual festivals and fairs in Chicago includes the fun Street Art Fair which is celebrated in June, taking place in Chicago's historic Hyde Park, featuring lots of fun art-related activities, as well as plenty of quality art pieces made from glass or leather, including jewelry, paintings, ceramics and fiber. The organizers invite everybody in this family friendly, alcohol-free annual event, which also features hands-on activities and playgrounds for children, dedicated especially to people who are fond of culture and art.
Chicago's nightlife scene is considered to be among the most electrifying in the world, featuring lots of great bars and pubs, as well as popular dancing clubs and fine restaurants.
If you're tired and thirsty, after a long sightseeing day in Chicago, try the Goose Island Wrigleyville Brew Pub, on N Clark Street, or the Goose Island Brewing Co., which can be found on N Clybourn Street, and where you can also taste a few of the American traditional eats, besides a cold glass of beer, such as wings, BBQ or delicious sandwiches.
If you plan to dance the night away with your friends, here are some of the best places in Chicago to be in after the sun goes down: there is Beaumont, on N Halsted Street, which offers party-lovers a spacious dance floor, attracting a young and energetic crowd, there is also Berlin, on W Belmont Avenue, which was named the `Best Dance Club` in Chicago, by the `Rolling Stone` magazine, as well as other popular dancing spots such as Club 720, on N Wells Street, the Copa Lounge, on N Clybourne Avenue, including Crobar, on N Kingsbury St, Hydrate, on N Halsted Street, and Rednofive/The Fifth Floor, situated on N Halsted Avenue.
Whatever your preferences are, during your stay, vacation or business trip in Chicago, you will certainly find entertaining things to do after the night sets in!
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