Being one of the most populous cities in the US, Chicago is a busy city with plenty of places to visit. It is also an international hub – which means it will never be short of tourist attractions. Excited to see what this city has to offer?
Here are the 12 places to visit in Chicago that you should not miss out on.
The Magnificent Mile
Located between Lake Shore Drive and the Chicago River, you would not expect that this is a shopper’s haven. From department stores, hotels, to renowned restaurants – get ready for a luxurious experience in one of the most attractive boulevards that can be found in America. Looking for some entertainment? The district also offers theaters that stage plays, musicals, and other entertaining acts.
This city’s largest public park is named after US President Abraham Lincoln. It is 11 kilometers long of beautiful greeneries, a magnificent shoreline, and a well-off neighborhood. It is located in the northern part of the state along Lake Michigan.
Lincoln Park Zoo
Explore the wildlife by visiting the Lincoln Park Zoo, located (obviously) inside Lincoln Park. It houses more than a hundred different species that are in their natural habitat. The best things in life are free, as there is no entrance fee to enter.
The name ‘Buckingham’ may sound like it is found in the UK, but this is considered a historic US landmark. This fountain is donated by the American philanthropist Kate Sturges Buckingham, which has an official name after his brother’s – Clarence Buckingham Memorial Fountain. It offers regular water shows from May to early October and is decorated with festival lights during the winter season.
Art Institute of Chicago
Also located in the Grant Park like the Buckingham Fountain, the Art Institute of Chicago is a must-see for every art lover. It is one of the world’s great art museums that can be found in the United States. Prepare to be amazed at the beautiful artworks and learn more about the historical pieces that can be found inside.
Originally an amusement area and a shipping facility in one, Navy Pier is now a popular tourist attraction of the city. Hop on the 150 feet Ferris Wheel or the legendary carousel that can be found in the area. The 50 acres of Navy Pier offers gardens, parks, and shops that the whole family will enjoy.
A baseball fan? Make sure you visit the Wrigley Field especially when you are rooting for the Chicago Cubs. It is a historic baseball park for the city, originally named Weeghman Park when it opened in 1914. Many viewers also like the hot dogs sold here during the games.
360 Chicago Observation Deck
Located on the 94th floor of the John Hancock Center Building, see the spectacular 360 views of the city. It offers an attraction called ’TILT’ – where the glass windows extend out of the building, enabling visitors to see The Magnificent Mile from over 1000 feet. Ticket prices start at US$30 and have special offers when you buy them online.
It is not suggested to go for a swim, but rather for a cruise. There are a number of companies offering historical and guided tours where you can learn more about the city’s architecture and take a photo with the fantastic skyline.
Holding more than 5 million gallons of water, it was once considered the largest indoor facility in the world. Visitors can explore the aquatic life that can be found in Lake Michigan, and also offer various shows and exhibitions inspired by the different marine life found in different parts of the world.
With its recent reconstruction, prepare to stroll the 1.25 mile of amazing views offered by the Chicago Riverwalk. It has six ‘coves’ that offer different attractions that are perfect during day or night. Physically challenged visitors are most welcome as there are areas that are accessible to them.
Museum of Science and Industry
Being a city that has an eye for innovation, it has an extensive museum that exhibits artifacts and activities for the curious mind. Aside from walking through different exhibitions, there is also an Omnimax Theater and live demonstration depending on the museum’s schedule.
Chicago is undeniably one of the best cities to visit in the United States. More than the wonderful parks, museums, and architectural beauty, it’s the history behind them that makes it a must-see for visitors and tourists alike.