Student groups will know they have landed in the windy city not only by the scent of Chicago-style pizza wafting on the breeze, but the roaring of a sea of baseball fans at Wrigley Field will be a dead giveaway that you’re in the home of the Chicago Cubs! With everything from internationally acclaimed museums to sophisticated shopping districts, entertainment venues, and more, Chicago is one of the country's most coveted trip destinations. Foodies, you’ve got to experience the spirited atmosphere that defines Ed Debevic’s where you’ll quickly discover why the motto is, “Eat and get out!”

Cloud Gate

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Speaking of food, “The Bean” (an informal title for Cloud Gate) is a bean shaped reflective sculpture in Millennium Park that will offer loads of amusement as you distort yourselves and the cityscape behind you in it’s unusual shape. It's also great for pictures! For the animal lovers among you, 35-acre Lincoln Park Zoo, an admission-free, huge and marvelously refreshing oasis in the midst of Chicago’s Skyscraper Country offers a wonderful natural habitat to interesting, wild and exotic creatures from around the world!Plan to burn at least part of a day at historic hotspot Navy Pier: Pier park features an 18 hole miniature golf course, a 15 story Ferris wheel, a colorful carousel and other classic amusements like the Amazing Funhouse Maze. Marvel at Smith’s museum gorgeous stained glass windows, grab some candy and popcorn before you catch an IMAX movie or take in a live show at Pepsi’s skyline stage or Chicago Shakespeare theater.

If you’re of an inquiring mindset, the Museum of Science and Industry is the largest science museum in the western hemisphere and the second largest cultural attraction in Chicago. A must-see with over 2,000 marvelous exhibits displayed in 75 halls, this museum allows you to experience a recreation of working, deep-shaft bituminous coal mine and a genuine Stuka dive bomber. At some point in your wanderings, you may wonder how you’re doing for cash; when was the last time you saw a $10,000 bill? Sounds like a stop at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago could be in order! Create your own $1.00 coins, pose for a portrait with a million bucks and walk off with a souvenir bag of shredded green!

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