As one of the 3 largest cities in the US, the Windy City won’t disappoint you if you decide to stop by. Famous for its cultural contribution, Chicago is flourishing with numerous different museums, galleries, and theaters, but it’s also known for its vibrant nightlife which is one of the main things tourists cite as their reason of visiting. Chicago’s incredible architecture and parks won’t leave you indifferent either.
So, here are the spots in Chicago you should check off your to-see list.
For anyone who comes to Chicago, Millennium Park is a must-see. Built at the turn of the millennium, the park is supposed to celebrate the second millennium. This amazing park provides an escape from the concrete jungle and offers a versatility of landscapes, fountains and art pieces. The park covers an area of 24.5 acres and is home to two of the most famous tourist attractions in Chicago – Cloud Gate (also known as “The Bean”) and the Crown Fountain. Millennium Park is where the biggest concerts in the city take place.
2. Navy Pier
One of the main tourist destinations in the city, Navy Pier, is the place where you should come to rest from all the sightseeing and relax with some good old-fashioned shopping. Chicago is, after all, one of the best shopping destinations in America. Apart from shops, you can find plenty of restaurants here and the amazing Pier Park where the Ferris wheel is situated, as well as a carousel and a miniature golf course. This is an excellent spot for some quality fun for the whole family.
This incredible museum is a must-see spot, especially if you’re a science buff. You will love the fantastic atmosphere of the restaurants that take you back through centuries of innovation and creativity through more than 35,000 artifacts on display. You will hear about some of the most famous scientists like Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison and explore various different topics. If you’re a creative type, you can try your luck in some of the many interactive exhibits at the museum.
4. 360 CHICAGO
Prepare for a view you will never forget when you ascend to the 94th floor of the John Hancock Center. 360 CHICAGO offers a mesmerizing view of the Chicago skyline and the view extends to 4 states on a clear day. You can relax with a glass of wine while you enjoy the view, or, if you’re bit more adventurous, you can try the 360 CHICAGO latest addition called TILT. This option will literally tilt you down 30 degrees towards North Michigan Avenue. Another similar spot in the city is the Willis Tower which will take you to the 102nd floor and give you a unique experience of walking on a glass platform that will take your breath away for sure.
5. Grant Park
Popularly nicknamed “Chicago’s Front Yard”, Grant Park is one of the most visited spots in the city. While you’re there, you can check out other important places such as the Art Institute of Chicago and Field Museum, which are all located inside the park. But the most stunning view in the park is that of Buckingham Fountain. This majestic fountain is one of the biggest in the world and it shoots water up to 150 feet high. The real treat happens at night because the fountain turns into a beautiful show of light, music and water.
Take a stroll along the Magnificent Mile and enjoy everything from fascinating architecture to expensive shops. This is what makes this part of Chicago so amazing – there is something for everyone. If you’re a fan of shopping, and you can afford it, feel free to roam through some of the most famous shops in the world. But you can just enjoy your walk and maybe grab a bite to eat or have a drink in some of the bars along the way. The most luxurious hotels such as the Four Seasons and The Drake are also located in this part of Michigan Avenue.
If you’re travelling with children, visiting Lincoln Park Zoo is a must. Located in the beautiful Lincoln Park, the Zoo is home to some 1,200 animals. It’s not big, but the children will utterly enjoy seeing animals such as zebras, lions and gorillas in their natural habitats. The Farm-in-the-Zoo section is one of the favorite parts for the youngest ones. And don’t worry about the price, because the admission is completely free. Many visitors claim that Lincoln Park Zoo is one of Chicago’s biggest treasures.
You shouldn’t pass up the opportunity to visit one of the most amazing museums in the country. The Art Institute of Chicago has over 300,000 pieces of art from all over the world created by some of the most influential artists ever, such as Manet, Rembrandt, Van Gogh and numerous others. Even if you’re not a big art enthusiast, you will find the Institute to be a memorable and inspiring experience.