12 Things You Can Only Do in Chicago

Chicago main skyline
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Chicago's one of the most unique cities on the planet -- world-class culture mixed with a population that's generally damn friendly and always eager to try a monstrously spectacular new cheeseburger. So we rounded up 12 things you can only do in this fair town of ours. Make the most of every moment you live here and try to do all of them at least once, and some of them at least once a week.

Architecture tour by boat
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1. Take an architecture tour by boat

Look at all these beautiful skyscrapers! What a well-planned city, and all we had to
do was torch our entire downtown... Anyway, take one of these and you'll pick up so many facts you'll forget them all and gladly take another tour.

2. That whole green river thing

It's a widely accepted fact that if your town's river isn't properly dyed, St. Patrick won't leave a bottle opener under your pillow.

Wrigley Rooftops
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3. Watch live baseball without going to the stadium

Sheffield and Waveland -- you couldn't have a better view of the game if you were Gary Sheffield, or Tim... Wavelandfield. Granted those video boards might obstruct things, but we'll just party right through that, because we're winners and winners don't quit.

Green Mill
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4. Drink in Capone's favorite booth

Capone's favorite booth is not in New York City, or even Atlantic City. It's right here, in this city.

Italian beef
Sean Cooley

5. Enjoy a proper Italian beef

If you can eat it cleanly, it is not proper.

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6. Movieoke

Did you know that, before Hollywood, Chicago was a major silent film production hub, and home to stars such as Charlie Chaplin? Who knows, maybe the people who love Movieoke are actually better at dialogue than him.

Pizza Pot Pie
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7. Feast on Pizza Pot Pie

While others around the country may have tried to duplicate Chicago Deep Dish, Chicago Pizza & Oven Grinder remains the only place to get this ridiculous cheese bomb. Of course Chicago is also pretty good at pizza in general.

Shots of Malort
Sean Cooley

8. Rip shots of Malort

It's so heinous you'll become a poet laureate describing it's filthy, ear waxy, bug spray taste. But it's our heinous.

T-Rex Sue
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9. Stare at Sue

Why would you go to an island populated by Jeff Goldblum when you could go to the Field and check out the largest assembled T-Rex skeleton on the planet?

Tribune Tower artifacts
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10. Touch the Pyramids & Great Wall of China in one afternoon

The Tribune Tower has pieces of so many local and national landmarks embedded in its facade, mostly acquired before people realized taking that stuff was kind of not cool.

Dog and Dogs
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11. Eat hot dogs in Anthony Bourdain's favorite hot dog city

Bourdain had some reservations about declaring Chicago's dog scene vastly superior to New York's, but in the end the NYC native couldn't argue with the truth: we've got mo' better hot dogs than anybody else.

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12. Visit a museum dedicated to saving you after you eat too many hot dogs

The International Museum of Surgical Science, filled with exhibits of all the weird methods doctors used to think worked, and all the weird mustaches they used to think inspired confidence in their infallibility.