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9 Tourist Traps Real Chicagoans Will Avoid At All Costs

From dining and shopping to nightlife and outdoor attractions, there is no shortage of things to enjoy in the Windy City. Make the most of your visit by avoiding these tumultuous tourist traps.

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#1. The Cloud Gate at Millennium Park

Unveiled at the opening of Millennium Park in 2004, The Cloud Gate sculpture–known locally as “The Bean”–will probably eat your soul.
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Unveiled at the opening of Millennium Park in 2004, The Cloud Gate sculpture–known locally as “The Bean”–will probably eat your soul.

#2. Willis Tower Ledge

Extending four feet outside the 103rd floor of Willis Tower, Willis Tower Ledge sits mightily atop the tourist selfie indulgence totem. We can’t say “cheese” enough.
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Extending four feet outside the 103rd floor of Willis Tower, Willis Tower Ledge sits mightily atop the tourist selfie indulgence totem. We can’t say “cheese” enough.

#3. Navy Pier

Do you enjoy large crowds, long lines, and overpriced fun? Well then step right up to Navy Pier! Seriously though, treat yourself to a quiet stroll through the Lincoln Park Zoo instead.
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Do you enjoy large crowds, long lines, and overpriced fun? Well then step right up to Navy Pier! Seriously though, treat yourself to a quiet stroll through the Lincoln Park Zoo instead.

#4. Gino’s East

Ok, let’s be honest–the pizza ain’t bad! It’s the crowds that’ll ruin ya. Snap a quick shot of the exterior, if you must, and head to Pequod’s. You can thank us later.
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Ok, let’s be honest–the pizza ain’t bad! It’s the crowds that’ll ruin ya. Snap a quick shot of the exterior, if you must, and head to Pequod’s. You can thank us later.

#5. Rock N Roll McDonald’s

You have eaten at a McDonald’s, yes? If so, you have already eaten at Rock N Roll McDonald’s. Keith Richards wouldn’t be caught dead here. Neither should you.
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You have eaten at a McDonald’s, yes? If so, you have already eaten at Rock N Roll McDonald’s. Keith Richards wouldn’t be caught dead here. Neither should you.

#6. Electric Riverboat Tour

“Let’s spend the afternoon and a whole heap of cash on a small floating vessel with strangers while enjoying BYOB refreshments and “serene” city views from 20 ft. below street level.” Pass, thanks.
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“Let’s spend the afternoon and a whole heap of cash on a small floating vessel with strangers while enjoying BYOB refreshments and “serene” city views from 20 ft. below street level.” Pass, thanks.

#7. Double Decker Bus Tour

Are you in London, England? No? Then back away from the double decker bus and find yourself a quality hot dog stand. Extra mustard, please!
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Are you in London, England? No? Then back away from the double decker bus and find yourself a quality hot dog stand. Extra mustard, please!

#8. The Magnificent Mile

Museums and dining and lodging, oh my! This upscale portion of Chicago is home to the city’s largest shopping district, as well as some of its largest crowds. Fun Fact: rent on The Magnificent Mile is the eighth most expensive in the country, behind Fifth Avenue in New York.
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Museums and dining and lodging, oh my! This upscale portion of Chicago is home to the city’s largest shopping district, as well as some of its largest crowds. Fun Fact: rent on The Magnificent Mile is the eighth most expensive in the country, behind Fifth Avenue in New York.

#9. Buckingham Fountain

Love and marriage, love and marriage…. Unless you’re planning a Married With Children themed proposal–which you should–there’s little to see here.
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Love and marriage, love and marriage…. Unless you’re planning a Married With Children themed proposal–which you should–there’s little to see here.

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