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No matter what way your interests lie, if you think there's something related to them that you cannot find in Chicago you might want to consider staying home. Whether your taste runs to Shakespeare or meerkats, food or Jazz, airy museums or dank coffee houses, from the Museum of Science and Industry to the Brookfield Zoo, this city has everything a visitor could want - in spades.

For those who enjoy the fine arts, The Art Institute offers one of the best collections to be found anywhere in the world. Though much smaller than the Metropolitan in New York or the Louvre in Paris, the paintings and other objects on display are second to none.

For those who like their art more lively, the seven-story Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier offers works by the Bard and other world renowned artists.

Beyond this, Chicago has a theater district that has quite rightly earned the town the title Second City. Second in name, but not in quality. Shows here are as good as anything you'll find in New York, as the list of famous actors who have called it a professional home can show.

If shopping is more your style of entertainment, you don't have to go to New York, London or Paris to find anything you would look for there. With over 460 shops in the Magnificent Mile area alone, you'll run out of money and time long before you run out of stores.

Whether it's Nieman Marcus or Marshall Field's (the home grown department stores), or Cartier, Hermes, or Tiffany's imported from New York, there's something here to please even the most finicky.

Restaurants in Chicago are also first rate and it is worth traveling to Chicago just to eat!  Maybe you just want a great burger at Billy Goat Tavern in Navy Pier. Or, you might want the best pizza in the world. Gino's East at 8725 W. Higgins, or Pete's at 3737 N Western, or Home Run Inn at 4254 W 31st St, who can decide? You might prefer Brazilian at Sal & Carvao (739 N Clark St) or jambalaya at Joe's Be-Bop at Navy Pier.

If you want to just drink, there's no better place than Chicago for that. In fact, at Charlie's Ale House at Navy Pier you can find over 70 beers to choose from. Or, you can stroll into the Volo Restaurant Wine Bar (2008 W Roscoe St) for one of the finest selections served. After that you might want, or need, a cup of coffee. Try the Julius Meinl Cafe (3601 N. Southport) where the Viennese is authentic and you can hear a string quartet play while you sip your high class java.

For animal enjoyment there are the dead ones at The Field Museum where the largest T-Rex ever found is housed, or the live ones at Brookfield Zoo. Or, if you prefer live things, you can head over to the Shedd Aquarium and catch the Beluga whales or dozens of sharks looking for a meal.

Head out to one of the 500 parks around the city, but don't forget about the place with the name that is not a park - Hyde Park. Home to the Frank Lloyd Wright Studio and Home, as well as the Robie House and many other architectural icons, you'll find plenty to write home about.

Don't miss out on the view from up high. Be sure to visit the Sears Tower and the John Hancock Center, two great (almost) 100-story high observatories that will show you how the Windy City got its nickname.

If you think New York, London or Paris are among the world's great cities... you're right. Come to the bustling city on Lake Michigan and find out why Chicago is easily in the same class.  And, whether you think in terms of Al Capone, Walt Whitman, or Barack Obama,  you will always think about the great Chicago sights to see.  Such as...

John Hancock Center

Museum of Science and Industry

Parks:  Grant Park, MIllenium Park, Lincoln Park, Hyde Park

The Art Institute

The Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio

Brookfield Zoo

Magnificent Mile

Navy Pier

Shedd Aquarium

The Field Museum

The Sears Tower

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