Self-guided Sightseeing Tour #9 in Chicago, United States


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Tour Facts

Number of sights 18 sights
Distance 7.4 km
Ascend 795 m
Descend 812 m

Experience Chicago in United States in a whole new way with our self-guided sightseeing tour. This site not only offers you practical information and insider tips, but also a rich variety of activities and sights you shouldn't miss. Whether you love art and culture, want to explore historical sites or simply want to experience the vibrant atmosphere of a lively city - you'll find everything you need for your personal adventure here.

Activities in ChicagoIndividual Sights in Chicago

Sight 1: Grant Park

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Grant Park is a large urban park in the Loop community area of Chicago, Illinois. Located within the city's central business district, the 319-acre (1.29 km2) park's features include Millennium Park, Buckingham Fountain, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Museum Campus.

Wikipedia: Grant Park (Chicago) (EN), Website

1794 meters / 22 minutes

Sight 2: Seventeenth Church of Christ Scientist

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Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist, built in 1968, is a modern style Christian Science church building located in The Loop at 55 East Wacker Drive, in Chicago, Illinois in the United States. It was designed by noted Chicago-based architect Harry Weese, whose most famous work is the Washington Metro but who is remembered best as the architect who "shaped Chicago’s skyline and the way the city thought about everything from the lakefront to its treasure-trove of historical buildings."

Wikipedia: Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist (EN)

73 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 3: Chicago Riverwalk

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The Chicago Riverwalk is a multi-use public open space located on the south bank of the main branch of the Chicago River in Chicago, extending from Lake Michigan and the Outer Drive Bridge westward to Lake Street. The Chicago Riverwalk contains restaurants, bars, cafes, small parks, boat and kayak rentals, a Vietnam War memorial, and other amenities.

Wikipedia: Chicago Riverwalk (EN)

122 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 4: Heald Square Monument

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The Heald Square Monument is a bronze sculpture group by Lorado Taft in Heald Square, Chicago, Illinois. It depicts General George Washington and the two principal financiers of the American Revolution: Robert Morris and Haym Salomon. Following Taft's 1936 death, the sculpture was completed by his associates Leonard Crunelle, Nellie Walker and Fred Torrey.

Wikipedia: Heald Square Monument (EN)

43 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 5: Vietnam Veterans Memorial

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The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is a war memorial in Chicago, in the U.S. state of Illinois, dedicated on November 11, 2005.

Wikipedia: Vietnam Veterans Memorial (Chicago) (EN)

376 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 6: Irv Kupcinet

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An outdoor 2006 bronze statue of Irv Kupcinet by Preston Jackson is installed in Chicago, in the U.S. state of Illinois. It is located on the sidewalk of Wacker Drive near its intersection with Wabash Avenue, just steps from the Chicago Riverwalk. The left hand of the sculpture gestures in the direction of Tribune Tower across the Chicago River.

Wikipedia: Statue of Irv Kupcinet (EN)

373 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 7: Chicago Architecture Center

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The Chicago Architecture Center (CAC), formerly the Chicago Architecture Foundation, is a nonprofit cultural organization based in Chicago, Illinois, United States, whose mission is to inspire people to discover why design matters. Founded in 1966, its programs include public tours and programs, most notably the docent-led architecture cruise on the Chicago River, and other tours in the Chicago area. The river cruise is ranked in the top ten tours in the U.S. by TripAdvisor users. CAC includes conference and exhibition space, including a scale model of downtown Chicago.

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349 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 8: McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum

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The DuSable Bridge is a bascule bridge that carries Michigan Avenue across the main stem of the Chicago River in downtown Chicago, Illinois, United States. The bridge was proposed in the early 20th century as part of a plan to link Grant Park (downtown) and Lincoln Park (uptown) with a grand boulevard. Construction of the bridge started in 1918, it opened to traffic in 1920, and decorative work was completed in 1928. The bridge provides passage for vehicles and pedestrians on two levels. An example of a fixed trunnion bascule bridge, it may be raised to allow tall ships and boats to pass underneath. The bridge is included in the Michigan–Wacker Historic District and has been designated as a Chicago Landmark.

Wikipedia: DuSable Bridge (EN), Website

290 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 9: Jack Brickhouse

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An outdoor sculpture of Jack Brickhouse is installed along Michigan Avenue, near the Chicago River bridge, in Chicago, Illinois. The bust was originally dedicated in 2000, and renovated in 2009.

Wikipedia: Bust of Jack Brickhouse (EN)

420 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 10: Chicago Rising from the Lake

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Chicago Rising from the Lake

Chicago Rising from the Lake (1954) is a bronze sculpture by Milton Horn. The sculpture shows a woman, rising from waters of Lake Michigan, with flames, animals and wheat. It represents Chicago's rebirth after the Great Chicago Fire, and subsequent rise to become a leader in transportation, stockyards and commodities.

Wikipedia: Chicago Rising from the Lake (EN)

199 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 11: Ogden Plaza

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William Ogden Plaza Park is a 1.38-acre (0.56 ha) park in Streeterville, Chicago, in the U.S. state of Illinois. The park is named after William B. Ogden.

Wikipedia: Ogden Plaza Park (EN), Website

433 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 12: Nicholas J. Melas Centennial Fountain

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Nicholas J Melas Centennial Fountain is located on the north bank of the Chicago River at McClurg Court in Near North Side, Chicago. It was dedicated in 1989, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, perhaps best known for its major achievement in reversing the flow of the Chicago River in 1900; and in 1999, this system was named a "Civil Engineering Monument of the Millennium" by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

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842 meters / 10 minutes

Sight 13: Polk Bros Park

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Polk Bros ParkMatt Kieffer from London, United Kingdom / CC BY-SA 2.0

Polk Bros Park is a 13-acre (5.3 ha) park at Chicago's Navy Pier. The park features the Peoples Energy Welcome Pavilion, Polk Bros Fountain, and the Polk Bros Performance Lawns, a pair of lawns with stages called City Stage and Lake Stage.

Wikipedia: Polk Bros Park (EN)

229 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 14: Captain on the Helm

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Captain on the Helm, also known as Captain at the Helm, is an outdoor bronze sculpture by Michael Martino, installed at Chicago's Navy Pier, in the U.S. state of Illinois. The statue was donated by the Chicago Lodge of Shipmasters International and dedicated on May 19, 2000. A plaque reads, "To those courageous mariners who guided their ships through perilous waters, carrying cargo and people. Their contributions have been so much a part of our history. May they never be forgotten."

Wikipedia: Captain on the Helm (EN)

105 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 15: Chicago Children's Museum

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The Chicago Children's Museum is located at Navy Pier in Chicago, Illinois. It was founded in 1982 by The Junior League of Chicago who were responding to programming cutbacks in the Chicago Public Schools. Originally housed in two hallways of the Chicago Public Library, it soon began to offer trunk shows and traveling exhibits in response to capacity crowds on-site.

Wikipedia: Chicago Children's Museum (EN), Website

285 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 16: Chicago Shakespeare Theater

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Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) is a non-profit, professional theater company located at Navy Pier in Chicago, Illinois. Its more than six hundred annual performances performed 48 weeks of the year include its critically acclaimed Shakespeare series, its World's Stage touring productions, and youth education and family oriented programming. The theater had garnered 77 Joseph Jefferson awards and three Laurence Olivier Awards. In 2008, it was the winner of the Regional Theatre Tony Award.

Wikipedia: Chicago Shakespeare Theater (EN), Website

158 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 17: Navy Pier

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Navy Pier is a 3,300-foot-long (1,010 m) pier on the shoreline of Lake Michigan, located in the Streeterville neighborhood of the Near North Side community area in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Navy Pier encompasses over 50 acres (20 ha) of shops, restaurants, live theaters, family attractions, parks, gardens, and exhibition facilities and is one of the top destinations in the Midwestern United States, drawing over nine million visitors annually. It is one of the most visited attractions in the entire Midwest and is Chicago's second-most visited tourist attraction.

Wikipedia: Navy Pier (EN), Website

1277 meters / 15 minutes

Sight 18: Milton Lee Olive Park

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Milton Lee Olive Park is a public park in the city of Chicago, Illinois. Designed by Dan Kiley, the park is located west of the James W. Jardine Water Purification Plant and adjacent to Jane Addams Memorial Park and Ohio Street Beach. The park provides large grassy areas for recreation as well as paths for walking, jogging, and biking. Several benches are located in the park either in open, sunny areas or areas shaded by tall honey locust trees. The park contains multiple fountains creating large, circular seating areas. Open views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline can be appreciated from the park.

Wikipedia: Milton Lee Olive Park (EN)


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