Located on the southwest end of Lake Michigan, Chicago boasts world-class museums, fantastic landmarks and excellent recreation, making it a popular destination for families and museum buffs alike. Among Chicago's numerous offerings, the Art Institute of Chicago stands apart, with one of the best collections of impressionist and postimpressionist in the world. Other notable museums include the Field Museum, home to Sue, the largest and most complete T-rex skeleton ever discovered, and the Museum of Science and Industry, which houses the Apollo 8 spacecraft among its trove of technological treasures. A fixture of the Chicago skyline since 1968, the Hancock Building and its panoramic observatory are a perennial favorite among the city's visitors. The storied Wrigley Field is another fixture, no less impressive for the Cubs' less than impressive record there. Other must-see spots include "The Bean" in Millennium Park, Buckingham Fountain, and the shores of Lake Michigan itself. With world-class shopping available along the Magnificent Mile and more upscale boutique offerings around Oak Street Beach, bargain-hungry visitors to the windy city are sure not to be disappointed. Neither will food lovers, when they visit the world-class bars and restaurants around the Second City.

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