Chicago is an amazing place to both live and vacation, with all the offerings of a major city. There is an endless list of things to do and see, including world-class museums, vibrant shopping districts, energetic nightlife, and iconic sports teams. If you find yourself in Chicago, here are 9 things that you need to do while in the city.
1) Millennium Park
This park is located in the Loop community area of Chicago and showcases some cutting-edge art, architecture and landscaping. You will find frequent concerts and festivals taking place in the park. The Crown Fountain and Cloud Gate attract many visitors as well.
2) The Field Museum
The Field Museum of Natural History is one of the largest natural history museums in the world. You will find artifacts that span history and the globe, such an in-depth look into Ancient Egypt and the Restoring Earth exhibit.
3) Wrigley Field
A game at Wrigley Field is an incredible experience with some of the most passionate fans in baseball. The stadium itself has been the home of the Cubs for over 100 years and is the second-oldest baseball stadium behind Boston’s Fenway Park.
4) Art Institute of Chicago
The Art Institute of Chicago is home to one of the most impressive Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art collections in the country. There are over 300,000 works from all around the world along with traveling exhibitions showcasing a diverse array of artists and genres.
5) Willis Tower Skydeck
Located on the 100-story of Willis Tower – the second-tallest building in the Western Hemisphere after One World Trade Center — this skydeck provides unparalleled views of the city and surrounding area.
6) Navy Pier
Navy Pier is located on Lake Michigan and is the perfect place to spend time with the whole family. There is plenty for kids to do, from thrill rides to miniature golf to hands-on exhibits. Parents can mind a number of great shops or bars to grab a drink.
7) Grant Park & Buckingham Fountain
Grant Park is commonly referred to as “Chicago’s front yard,” with access to the Field Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Shedd Aquarium. Buckingham Fountain, located in the heart of the park, is one of the largest fountains in the world with 134 jets shooting water has high as 150 feet into the air.
8) The Magnificent Mile
This stretch of Michigan Avenue is home to world-class shopping and fine dining options. The buildings that line the streets are breathtaking and the energy from the people make this a great way to spend an afternoon.
9) Chicago Theatre
The Chicago Theatre first opened its doors in 1921 and to this day is one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks. You do not need to attend a show to admire the theatre, as there are tours available year round. But if you have the opportunity to catch a show then you will not be disappointed.