First Timer's Guide To Chicago

First Timer's Guide To Chicago

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You're in Chicago for the first time ever. You've got 72 hours and an appetite for everything. Where do you start? Here's the answer.

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    Play some pickup volleyball. Casually execute the Maverick flex/watch check. -- Thrillist via Foursquare
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    Artifacts from Asia and the Middle East. There are lectures, audio tours, and a huge statue of King Tut. Free admission. -- Cheapism via Foursquare
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    This beach has unofficially been claimed as the gay beach, but it is a great beach for all. Nice shallow water, lifeguards, and expansive beach front with soft sand. -- Chris Duhaime via Foursquare
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    During the cold winter in Chicago is the beat place to spend some hours enjoying sales in good shops and great taste and fresh meal in a large list of restaurants -- Francesco Peciarolo via Foursquare
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    Beautiful addition to the AIC. Nice to see modern on display all the time. Also a fantastic gift shop here and a very good restaurant. -- Kirstjen Lorenz via Foursquare
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    The museum was incorporated in 1893 as the Columbian Museum of Chicago, but the name was changed in 1905 to Field Museum of Natural History to better reflect its focus on the natural sciences. -- HISTORY via Foursquare
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    This is the quick and easy beach for high schoolers in the city. However there are options for much less crowded and much more cleaner beaches in this area such as Montrose and Loyola beach. -- Rowan Quinain via Foursquare
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    Oak Street beach in the summer is a great place to sun bathe, dip in Lake Michigan and people watch. You can even run, bike or walk along the entire lake front path for miles. - Nikki -- Showtime Network via Foursquare
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    Don't miss the U-505 Submarine exhibit, the first enemy warship apprehended by the US Navy since 1815. -- Green Guide Editor -- Michelin Travel & Lifestyle via Foursquare
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    The MCA’s monthly First Fridays event remains a solid spot for mingling year-round, with an in-the-know crowd flocking there in droves no matter what the weather has in store. -- AskMen via Foursquare
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    Check out Nature on Tap, the last Tuesday of every month from 6 to 9:30 p.m., to awaken your inner child. This is an adults-only event that includes admission to all exhibits and local craft beer. -- Chicagoist via Foursquare
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    Traveling with kids? Splash around in the Crown Fountain in Millennium Park before attending a free family lecture, workshop or tour. -- Green Guide Editor -- Michelin Travel & Lifestyle via Foursquare
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