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My daughter and I visited Chicago for her birthday this year (in March, BRRR!), and to be honest we just kind of wandered around because we were completely clueless as to where to go and what to see. I had researched it online before we hit the road, but there were varying reviews of everything, so we just kind of picked things at random and went for it.

Must See in Chicago

If I had a book like 1,000 Places to See Before You Die before I went on my trip (or even the App!), I think it would've been much more organized! I'm heading back in July, and have put these places on my list of must-sees. We did get to see Millenium Park, but it's so awesome I'm going back!

Art Institute of Chicago

Why it's a must see: Amazing collection of paintings and masterpieces. Plus a roof-top terrace with views of the Chicago Skyline.

How to get more information: www.artinstitutechicago.org / 312-443-3600

Chicago Architecture Tour

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Why it's a must see: After the Great Fire of 1871, Chicago had to rebuild, and rebuild it did! The architecture in Chicago is like no place else on Earth. It's simply breathtaking. Guided walking and bus tours – plus a boat tour from May through November.

How to get more information: www.architecture.org / 312-922-3432

Museum of Science and Industry

Why it's a must see: Lots of hands-on fun! Tour an authentic WWII German submarine, explore a coal mine, and more. This is great for kids and adults alike.

How to get more information: www.msichicago.org / 773-684-1414

Millenium Park

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Why it's a must see: The Cloud Gate AKA The “BEAN”! Plus, free concerts from June to August – and a free ice skating rink November through March.

How to get more information: www.millenniumpark.org / 312-742-2963

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Laurie Bennett

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I am a wife, mother of two, entrepreneur and life style blogger. I grew up in sunny Southern California and moved to Bozeman, MT in 2001. After our children were grown, and we were semi-retired, we decided to become snow birds and alternate between Montana and Arizona, as our home. Today I spend my time working on my weight watchers friendly blog at www.slapdashmom.com, working in my garden, tending to my animals and dreaming up ways to help and teach others how to start a successful online business.


  1. stonehenge during the longest night of the year for the druid festival

  2. I would like to go to Alaska in honor of my Aunt Diane. That is one place she always wanted to go but never go to. Unfotunately she is gone now but if I went it would be in her honor

  3. Australia would be my dream vacation

  4. Mom: a tour of Europe. Dad: Tibet and New Zealand. Jack: Chuckie Cheese.

  5. At first , I thought that Tahiti would be a great place to visit…and it would be , but I would like to see Croatia before I die. Thereis where my grandparents came from.

  6. Jamaica! Sun and sand! :)
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  7. Ireland…………..to see the blarney Stone since my husband says I’m so full of it!

  8. I’d like to see the Greek Isles.

  9. I would go to Rio. Thanks for the giveaway.

  10. I would visit Maine… Not sure where, but have Lways wanted to since reading Sarah, Plain and Tall

  11. Ireland with my son.


  12. I want to go to Seoul, South Korea, Tokyo, Japan or London, England.

  13. might seem simple but Hawaii is where I want to go

  14. I would love to travel to Australia. It has always been a fantasy of mine. Thank you for the opportunity to win this book of wonderful ideas.

  15. If I could go anywhere in the world I would love to go to Bora Bora.

  16. I would love to go to Paris and New York :-)
    Thank You So Much for the giveaway!

  17. San Sebastian, Spain. Great beaches!

  18. I’m from NW IN and used to live less than an hour from Good ol’ Chi-town!
    Suggestions for your next visit:
    Sear tower
    John Hancock building
    Navy pier(Bring LOTS of quarters!)
    Lincoln park zoo
    Museum of Natural History(Rawr! Dinosaurs and mummys and more cool stuff oh my!!!)
    Shedd Aquarium
    Glad y’all had fun!!!

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