When visiting the Windy City, you have your pick of countless landmarks to explore. At the very least, check out these three spots. You’ll learn more about Chicago’s history and have fun while you’re at it.

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The Millennium Park in Chicago.

Millennium Park

Millennium Park is a favorite gathering spot in Chicago. This expansive 24.5-acre park sits near the Loop, which is the city’s central business district and downtown area. Smack dab in the center of the park is the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, which hosts fun outdoor concerts and festivals throughout the year.

Hungry? Grab food at the Park Grill, which offers al fresco dining and lovely park views. Then stroll across one of the pedestrian bridges to get to Maggie Daley Park or the Art Institute of Chicago.

Another reason to visit Millennium Park is to see The Cloud Gate Sculpture, better known as “the bean.” This world-famous shiny structure is photo-op central. Visitors can stay near the park at the Central Loop Hotel, a modern hotel that houses an English pub. For a budget-friendly lodging option, check out Comfort Suites Michigan Avenue-Loop.

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Wrigley Field in Chicago.

Wrigley Field

Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs, took center stage during the 2016 World Series. The Cubs won the pennant for the first time in more than a century, making history and thrilling fans across the country. During a visit to Chicago, check out this iconic landmark in Wrigleyville. Even if it’s not baseball season, visitors can explore the park, nosh on baseball fare, and admire the hall of fame.

Hotels near Wrigley Field include Best Western Plus Hawthorne Terrace, the Hotel Lincoln — a funky lodging spot with free rooftop yoga — and the Majestic Hotel, a cozy and family-friendly hotel that serves warm cookies each afternoon.

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The Lincoln Park Zoo.

Lincoln Park Zoo

When traveling to Chicago with children or animal lovers, you absolutely must visit the Lincoln Park Zoo. More than 1,200 animals call this 35-acre zoo home, drawing people from across the globe. It’s open 365 days a year, and admission is, believe it or not, free. The exhibits are split by habitat, so going through the zoo feels like you’re taking a trip around the world. The latest exhibit is the Robert and Mayari Pritzker Penguin Cove, where visitors can watch a cozy colony of African penguins frolic, dive, and swim.

Hotels near the zoo include the upscale Thompson Chicago and the AC Hotel by Marriott Chicago Downtown.

These three attractions offer a unique glimpse into the history and culture of Chicago.