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Think of it as the Paris of the Midwest. With museums like the Chicago Art Institute, breathtaking architecture from Renzo Piano and Frank Lloyd Wright, soaring Sears Tower, and sparkling Lake Michigan, it's no mystery why this city is one of the top-searched tourist spots on Yahoo!.

Year in Review 2012: Most searched-for cities

One point we've gathered from the millions of searches on Yahoo! -- our users let their fingers do the traveling. We've tracked surges of searches on the Web to these top cities in the last year to see what most captures the attention of vacationers. And it's a diverse and at times surprising list. Here, the most searched-for cities on Yahoo!. -- By Claudine Zap, Yahoo!