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Old 08-27-2011, 05:37 PM
 
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I will be in Chicago over Labor Day weekend and I need some MUST do things in this city. I've never been there before so any help would be appreciated.

I want to do the "touristy" things but also, I want to go to some of the places that locals go too. I'm in my mid-20s, young professional so I would like to see similar people while I'm out. I guess good neighborhoods or areas would be most helpful but anything I MUST do is what I'm looking for here. Thanks ahead for the help!!!
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Old 08-28-2011, 08:34 AM
 
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So much to see. Depends a lot on your interests. Many local residents and tourists love the official Architecture Foundation boat tour Chicago Architecture Foundation - Architecture River Cruise
It winds through both branches of the Chicago River which goes all through the middle of downtown. The guides are very knowledgeable volunteers and will explain everything about the buildings you see, etc. These tours almost always sell out on weekends so purchase in advance.

The Lincoln Park Zoo is fun and in the middle of a great park. Check out the Art Institute on S. Michigan Ave. Walk the entirety of North Michigan where the mega stores are located (and visit State St in the Loop for more of the same). Go to the top of the John Hancock center and/or Sears (now called Willis Tower).

We have many fun local neighborhoods where lots of 20 yo.'s reside. Check out Lincoln Park and Lakeview. Walk north on Clark from Fullerton to Clark/Broadway/Diversey. Lots of small shops and restaurants. You can then continue up N. Broadway for much more fun streetlife. When you get to Addison walk west a few blocks and visit Wrigley Field. Lots of sports bars around that area.

If you like Saturday Night Live style comedy you need to see a show at Second City or Second City Etc. Both are at N Wells and North Ave. Purchase tkts in advance as many are sell outs.

There are too many little pockets to mention I hope you have great weather and a good trip.

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Old 08-28-2011, 08:10 PM
 
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So much to see. Depends a lot on your interests. Many local residents and tourists love the official Architecture Foundation boat tour Chicago Architecture Foundation - Architecture River Cruise
It winds through both branches of the Chicago River which goes all through the middle of downtown. The guides are very knowledgeable volunteers and will explain everything about the buildings you see, etc. These tours almost always sell out on weekends so purchase in advance.

The Lincoln Park Zoo is fun and in the middle of a great park. Check out the Art Institute on S. Michigan Ave. Walk the entirety of North Michigan where the mega stores are located (and visit State St in the Loop for more of the same). Go to the top of the John Hancock center and/or Sears (now called Willis Tower).

We have many fun local neighborhoods where lots of 20 yo.'s reside. Check out Lincoln Park and Lakeview. Walk north on Clark from Fullerton to Clark/Broadway/Diversey. Lots of small shops and restaurants. You can then continue up N. Broadway for much more fun streetlife. When you get to Addison walk west a few blocks and visit Wrigley Field. Lots of sports bars around that area.

If you like Saturday Night Live style comedy you need to see a show at Second City or Second City Etc. Both are at N Wells and North Ave. Purchase tkts in advance as many are sell outs.

There are too many little pockets to mention I hope you have great weather and a good trip.
Thank you for the insight!!! I will definitely check these out, especially the boat tour!
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