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Chicago, Illinois Vacation Destinations For 2008
By Annie Celsia

Sears Tower This is a must-see for any visitor to Chicago, IL. Standing 1454 feet high, this skyscraper is indeed a wondrous sight! You can ride up this 110-story building on a 70-second elevator ride and catch breath-taking views of Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin from the 103rd floor sky deck. You can learn more about the history of Chicago and the construction of the tower, right here.

Navy Pier The Chicago navy pier is bustling with sights and sounds. There's a fifteen-story Ferris wheel, lots of refreshments, an IMAX theater, troupe performances and so much more. There's even a children's museum that you're kids will absolutely love. Kids can explore a whole lot of things from dinosaurs to sailboats at this wonderful museum. Of course, there's the beautiful view of the lake that's a treat to your eyes.

Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum This twelve-sided building includes two sky theaters, one of which was the first planetarium in this part of the world. The theaters allow you to take an up-close look at distant stars and planets. You will also enjoy the Star Rider Theater that features virtual reality shows using 3-D simulation technology.

Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio Guided tours are offered through this historic building, constructed in 1889 by renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright. You can see Wright's studio and its chain-hung balcony, along with a playroom designed for his children. You will marvel at the intricate design and the exquisite features of this unique home.

Wrigley Field A trip to Chicago is incomplete without a visit to this cozy stadium - the favorite haunt of the Chicago Cubs fans. The stadium first opened in 1914 and boasts ivy-covered brick walls in the outfield and a manual scoreboard, just like in the previous era.

Field Museum of Natural History Enter this powerhouse of knowledge and you are greeted by two massive elephants and Sue, the museum's famous Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton. Here, you will discover a world of wonders from botany, geology, paleontology and much more.

Chicago Botanic Garden Located 25 miles from the city, this place features recreated prairies, Japanese gardens, and giant topiaries and nearly 20 varieties of gardens. The Bee Line, a glass case that features over 10,000 pollinating bees is a major attraction. The garden is a 400-acre preserve and is a great place for a picnic and a fun afternoon with the family.

Chinatown Chinatown has a wide array of Chinese and Cantonese restaurants and offers a Far Eastern feel in the heart of Chicago. The place comes to life with colors and decorations during the Chinese New Year Celebrations. Visitors can hunt for bargains in the gift shops and book stores.

Don't forget to taste the real flavor of Chicago - the famous Chicago Deep Dish Pizza. It tastes like nothing you have ever had before. Also, experience the magic of jazz and the blues in the city's many live music clubs, because these are the things that make Chicago, a great vacation destination. Chicago - It's not just a city. It's an experience, you'll never forget!

Annie Celsia is a freelance writer who works for MontalbanoHomes, a popular home builder in Arizona and Illinois states.

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