Chicago Sightseeing Tips

Illinois & Chicago Area Sightseeing


Chicago Area

Buckingham Fountain Grant Park

Chicago, IL 60614

One of the largest fountains in

the world!

Hancock Observatory John Hancock Center

875 N. Michigan Avenue

Chicago, IL

(888) 875-VIEW

Millenium Park

55 N. Michigan Avenue

Chicago, IL 60614

(312) 742-5222

Navy Pier

600 East Grand Avenue

Chicago, IL 60611

(312) 595-7437

(800) 595-7437

Willis Tower

233 South Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606

(312) 875-9696

Visitor Information Centers

Chicago has three downtown Visitor Information Centers. Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph St., and Chicago Water Works, 163 E. Pearson St., are open Mon.-Thurs. 8am-7pm, Fri. 8am-6pm, Sat. 9am-6pm, Sun. 10am-6pm and Holidays 10am-4pm. Millennium Park Welcome Center, 201 E. Randolph St., is open daily 10am-4pm and in spring and summer 9am-7pm. Information counters are also available at Midway and O'Hare Airports. Call Chicago Visitor Information toll-free at 877-244-2246 or 866-710-0294 (TTY).

Chicago's Street Numbering System

Chicago street numbers start at State and Madison downtown. State Street divides east and west addresses and Madison Street divides north and south addresses. Even- numbered addresses are on the west and north sides of the street and odd-numbered addresses on the south and east sides.

CTA Visitor Pass

The Chicago Transit Authority's Visitor Pass offers unlimited rides on CTA buses and trains all day: $5.75 for 1-day pass, $14 for 3-day pass, $23 for 7-day pass, $86 for 30-day pass. Full fare per ride with CTA fare card is currently $2.00 (bus) or $2.25 (train); the cost of the first transfer is 25 cents, the second is free, good for rides within 2 hours. Cash fare (bus only) is $2.25 per ride. Passes may be purchased at the airports, certain train stations and at retail locations around town. For advance purchase, call 888-968-7282 or 888-282-8891 (TTY) or go to

Attraction Passes

If you plan to visit numerous attractions in Chicago, then you may save money by buying a pass that covers admission to the top sites. There are two passes to choose from: CityPass (888-330-5008, and Go Chicago Card (800-887-9103,

Chicago Guidebook of Special Values

This coupon book from the Chicago Office of Tourism has discounts and 2-for-1 offers for attractions and sightseeing, entertainment, museums, dining and shopping. There's also a long list of free attractions and events. The Guidebook is available online at and at Visitor Information Centers.

Free Tours from Chicago Greeter

Get an inside perspective on the Windy City, with more than 40 special interest areas and 25 neighborhoods to choose from. These free 2 to 4-hour tours, guided by local volunteers, all begin at the Visitor Information Center at 77 E. Randolph. For details, call 312-744-8000 or go to

MP3 Tours of the Loop

The Chicago Loop Alliance website offers free, self-guided audio tours that can be downloaded to MP3 players. Three tours with maps-Art Loop, Landmark Loop and Theatre Loop-are available online at Or you can reserve a fully-loaded "Loop the Loop" MP3 player at the ArchiCenter, 224 South Michigan Ave. (across from the Art Institute), 312-922-8687.

Download Chicago Tours

The Chicago Office of Tourism offers free downloadable tours which can be listened to and viewed at home or downloaded to an MP3 player. Tours include "The History of Chicago Blues, Narrated by Buddy Guy," "Millennium Park Enhanced Audio Tour," and "Chicago for Kids." All are available in English, Spanish, German, Japanese and Chinese Mandarin. Go to

Chicago Parking Locator

Finding the closest public parking lot or a garage is a snap when you use Just enter the street address and an area map showing all the nearby parking pops up. Then a click on the desired garage displays exact address, website and phone number.

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Woodstock Historic Square

Dean & South Streets

Woodstock, IL 60098

Northern Cook

Chicago Botanic Garden

1000 Lake Cook Road

Glencoe, IL 60022

(847) 835-5440


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Timber Ridge Gardens
201 S. Elizabeth Scales Mound Road
Elizabeth, IL 61028
(815) 858-3740

Linmar Gardens
504 South Prospect Street
Galena, IL 61036
(815) 777-1177

Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden
2701 Clifton Avenue

Rockford, IL 61102

(815) 965-8146


Grant's Farm
10501 Gravois Rd
St. Louis, MO 63123
(314) 843-1700

Missouri Botanical Garden
4344 Shaw Blvd.

St. Louis, MO 63110

(314) 577-5100

The Gateway Arch

707 North First Street

St. Louis, MO 63102

(877) 982-1410


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Morton Arboretum

4100 Illinois Route 53

Lisle, IL 60532

(630) 968-0074

Cantigny Park

1S151 Winfield Road

Wheaton, IL 60187

(630) 668-5161




















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