Known for Museums, Theaters and Architecture
Discover sightseeing, shopping and sports in Chicago. Illinois’ largest city has a cultural scene that is as impressive as its skyline on the shores of Lake Michigan.
Within downtown Chicago’s Loop, visit galleries and restaurants. Snap a photo of Cloud Gate, known as The Bean, the iconic silver sculpture in Millennium Park. See the city unfold beneath you from the glass-bottomed ledge of Willis Tower.
Explore the neighborhood of Lincoln Park. Sunbathe on the namesake park’s public beaches, visit the animals in the Lincoln Park Zoo and discover exotic plants in the Lincoln Park Conservatory.
Ride the Ferris wheel in the waterfront Navy Pier district. Go shopping along the Magnificent Mile, the city’s famed shopping strip.
At Ernest Hemingway Birthplace and Museum, tour the childhood home of one of America’s most enduring authors. Visit Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio for a peek into the legendary architect’s life and work. Nearby, see the self-proclaimed “jewel” that Wright designed, Unity Temple.
Team spirit is strong in Chicago. Watch the Chicago Bears play on their home turf at Soldier Field. Root for a home run for the Chicago Cubs at iconic Wrigley Field.
Visit Chicago’s many outstanding museums. See ancient Mesopotamian carvings and art by Claude Monet at the Art Institute of Chicago. Learn about the city’s past at the Chicago History Museum. Check out the Apollo 8 spacecraft and other fascinating exhibits at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. See dinosaur bones and Egyptian mummies at Field Museum of Natural History.
Transport yourself to an African savannah, the Australian outback and the Arctic tundra at the Brookfield Zoo.
Explore beyond Downtown Chicago and visit Shedd Aquarium. Farther afield, the North Suburbs, West Suburbs and Aurora offer a break from the city bustle. Visit LEGOLAND in Schaumburg or see a polo match in Oak Brook. Spin through dozens of roller coasters and rides at Six Flags America in Gurnee.
Take in the view from the sky-high heights of the Willis Tower, the second-tallest building in the United States. From the 103rd floor, look out over 4 states and the Windy City's urban sprawl, and then test your vertigo on a glass balcony to peer down at the streets and skyscrapers of Chicago beneath your feet.
Explore Chicago's seedy underworld on this guided bus tour of its most famous gangsters and mobsters. Investigate the former haunts of legends like Al Capone, The Untouchables, and John Dillinger as you explore the sites of major crimes, violent deaths, and shocking trials on this guided excursion.
If you're in Chicago and you're part of the cider's fan club, make sure to make a stop at the Northman. This place has a vast selection of American and imported ciders that should please your tastebuds. It's impossible to not find your match made in heaven. Service is great.
The Chicago Botanic Gardens are easy to get to via bicyle. Rent at any of the local bike shops and take a few hours to ride the paths in and around the gardens. Visit in the early summer to see most everything in bloom, or in the early fall to see the leaves change.
If you've got children or you're just a big kid yourself, the ToyMaker 3000 is not to be missed. Why buy something from a gift shop when you can actually build your own souvenir with automated robots?
Head North on Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile to do some serious window shopping. As you get closer to the lake, the stores get nicer. And if your budget allows, sneak off to one of the side streets to get a treat at Jimmy Choo or Prada.
If you’re visiting the Art Institute or Millennium Park, The Gage is a perfect spot to visit for lunch. Their daytime menu prices are surprisingly affordable for such a high-tourism area, and the food is always delicious.