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For many tourists, a visit to Chicago is centered on the Loop - the small downtown area known for its historic architecture, gourmet culinary options and plethora of museums. However, there's much more to the Windy City than you can find compacted in its central neighborhood. Take some time to explore the neighborhoods and suburbs that give Chicagoland its unique character. Consider visiting some of these attractions:
Home to the Chicago Fire Major League Soccer team, Toyota Park is located on the outskirts of Chicago in the delightful suburb of Bridgeview. The city’s soccer club, the Great Chicago Fire, is known for some truly thrilling games, which is no huge surprise when you consider that the team won the MLS Cup in its first league season in 1998 and went on to contend in the Rose Bowl several times. The facility, which opened in 2006, can fit up to 20,000 excited fans, and the stands are often brimming. After all, Toyota Park has earned its reputation as the beating heart of soccer in the Midwest.
LEGOLAND Discovery Center
If you're seeking a little something for the kids, take a trip to the LEGOLAND Discovery Center. Located in Schaumburg, this facility is a massive, indoor world of LEGOs aimed at children ages 3-10 but equipped to keep any adult entertained. Take a walk through MINILAND, a recreation of Chicago's most iconic landmarks made up of more than 1 million building blocks, and watch a movie like no other in a 4-D Theater. Adults can cool down with a meal in the cafe while kids engage in interactive activities and rides, such as the Kingdom Quest Laser Ride, which lets you take an adventure to save a princess, and the Merlin Apprentice Ride that lets kids pedal into the skies.
There are many famed museums in Chicago, such as the Field Museum, Art Institute of Chicago and Museum of Science and Industry. But if you're looking for something a little less touristy, head over to 40 East Erie Street in the Near North Side Neighborhood for an exploration of the Driehaus Museum. This institution was once the home of Samuel Mayo Nickerson, a banker who thrived during the Gilded Age. Philanthropist Richard H. Driehaus turned the home into a museum in 2003 as an effort to preserve a beloved piece of architecture and teach about design and engineering feats across the city and beyond. Walk through to find galleries filled with fine art, decorative pieces and other artifacts that teach about the rich culture and deep roots of Chicago.