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This Amazing America: Chicago

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In 1938, Greyhound published the booklet This Amazing America highlighting some of the great things you can do when you travel. Today, we call these Hound Gems. Here’s a look back at what we thought you should visit then with a few more of our favorite attractions.

You may be familiar with the tradition of dying the Chicago river green for St. Patrick’s Day every year, but did you know engineers found a way to fight back against waterborne diseases from sewage contamination in 1900 by making the Chicago River flow backward away from Lake Michigan and into the Mississippi River and Gulf of Mexico? We recommended visiting the river in Chicago in 1938, and still do today before heading to these attractions.


  • The Money Museum: This free tour is open Monday through Friday during regular business hours and is a great way for visitors to learn more about the Federal Reserve – plus you’ll walk away with $300 cash at the end! (All shredded of course!)
  • 360 Chicago (Formerly the John Hancock Observatory): There’s a whole lot to see from this observation deck – four states to be precise. While most Chicago visitors head to the Willis Tower, this observatory offers spectacular views from the heart of downtown.
  • Walking tours: Walking tours are a great way to get you wandering around the Windy City with someone who can tell you all about its history, architecture and culture.
  • Weird Chicago tours: Looking for a tour of the city that’s a bit out of the ordinary? Weird Chicago tours change each night and will take you through town talking about all kinds of things from historic crime, serial killers, ghosts, gangsters and the roaring 20s in the city.
  • Navy Pier: The Chicago Navy Pier is a perfect family stop because there’s something for everyone to enjoy. You can ride the Ferris wheel, get lost in the maze, visit the Children’s Museum, take in a show at the Shakespearian theatre, and so much more.


Think we missed something important? Tell us what’s on your must-see list next time you’re headed to Chicago.

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