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“Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men's blood,” advised one of Chicago's leading architects nearly a century ago. Chicagoans listened. You can't visit the Windy City today and find much that's small about it.

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Chicago, Illinois

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Let yourself be whisked 1,353 feet up the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) in a high-speed elevator to Skydeck Chicago (233 S. Wacker Dr.), where you can start your vacation with a view of the entire city spread out before you and, on a clear day, see four states.
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Forget about those wildlife shows on HD TV, the Brookfield Zoo (8400 W. 31st St.) lets kids watch real-life animal antics up close. See bears swimming at Great Bear Wilderness and dolphins leaping at Seven Seas. Cameras let the whole family spy on Mexican gray wolves, while another exhibit re-creates a tropical rain forest.
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Shopping

Even if you hate shopping and only set foot in a store when absolutely necessary, you owe it to yourself to spend part of your vacation strolling along the stretch of Michigan Avenue running from the Chicago River north to Oak Street in Chicago's Near North Side. This glass, steel and concrete canyon bears the august designation of “The Magnificent Mile,” a title that would seem like just another overwrought marketing gimmick cooked up by Chicago tourism boosters if it wasn't—in many senses—true.
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Chicago, Illinois

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