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Chicago City Sites.

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Chicago is one of the world’s best cities.

Come visit! Come to Chicago for the diverse music, unique architecture, and famous festivals, museums and attractions.  Only minutes from the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan, HI-Chicago is so well positioned for you to get the very best of what this great city has to offer!

Best Attractions

HI-Chicago is Close to Everything!

Field MuseumOne of the largest and best natural history museums in the country with the most complete t-rex fossil in the world.

Shedd Aquarium: One of the largest indoor aquariums in the United States containing over 25,000 different fish and other marine life.

Adler PlanetariumExplore the universe with captivating sky shows, introductions to astronomy, and other space exlporation.

HotHouse: The center for international performance and exhibition in Chicago. A great place for all music and performance lovers.

Buddy Guy’s Legends : The place to go for Chicago blues with its amazing array of local and national blues performers.

Willis Tower: The world’s third tallest building and the tallest in the Americas. The sky deck offers a spectacular view of the city and the states that surround Illinois.

Lake Michigan and Monroe Harbor : One of the best views of Lake Michigan and located right in Grant Park.

Navy Pier: A great place to shop and eat, with one of the best views of the city’s views of Lake Michigan. Home to one of the first Ferris wheels, an IMAX theatre, miniature golf, boat tours and more.

The Art Institute: One of the world’s great art museums with an amazing impressionist collection and beautiful special exhibits.

Short ride on public transportation


Hancock Observatory Building:
Spectacular views of the city. Offers discounts to HI-Chicago.

Chicago History Museum:
Learn about Chicago’s history through the museum’s many exhibits and displays.

Museum of Science and Industry:
The largest science museum in the western hemisphere with exciting exhibits such as the Omnimax theater, coal mine, German U-boat, huge model train, and a Boeing 727 inside!

Best Activities

Before you visit, check out these sites for all the inside information about everything going on in Chicago including festivals, music, food and attractions.  Our hostel volunteers also provide up to date information as well as tours to guests at the hostel.

Important Chicago Government Sites