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Top 10 Chicago by Elaine Glusac, Elisa Kronish

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South Loop

Just south of the business-centric Loop, this sprawling area mixes ethnic enclaves such as Chinatown (founded in the 1870s by migrant transcontinental railroad workers) with upper crust addresses, built after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. The region has many Chicago “must-sees,” but the jewel in the crown is undisputedly the impressive Museum Campus: here, the Field Museum, John G. Shedd Aquarium, and Adler Planetarium celebrate the wonders of the earth, sea, and sky respectively, collectively drawing over four million visitors each year. The highway that once separated the Field from its neighbors has been replaced by an inviting green ...

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