If you’re planning a trip to Chicago, you’ll want to make the most of your time and see highly recommended spots that the city is known for. Between museums, theater, architecture, and dining, there are tons of exciting things to do in Chicago.
Whether you’re traveling solo or with a crowd, here are the top attractions in Chicago you’ll want to check off your bucket list. The good news? If you can’t squeeze them all into your first visit, it just means you’ll have to come back. (And soon!)
Shop Along The Magnificent Mile
Looking for the ultimate strip to get your shopping done or browse some beautiful storefront windows? The Magnificent Mile on Michigan Avenue is the place to be. With both designer stores and department stores, like Bloomingdale’s or The Water Tour Place, there’s a budge and style for everyone. Plus, there are also some great restaurants along the way—all the shopping will work up an appetite!
Plus, be sure to inquire with your hotel, as there might be a Chicago shopping package opportunity.
See The Sea Creatures At Shedd Aquarium
Take some time to get in touch with your sea creature spirit by spending an afternoon at Shedd Aquarium and browsing different species of marine life. Not only are there many exhibits and sea creatures to explore, but there are also several events and classes each month that are specifically family-friendly. You can even find packages that offer discounts on tickets, by inquiring with your hotel concierge.
Go To Navy Pier
Fit for all ages, Navy Pier offers a plethora of activities, dining, events, and games year-round. You can take a ride on the Ferris Wheel, head to the Chicago Shakespeare Garden for live performances, take in a movie, or dine at one of the many restaurants, such as Giordano’s, DMK Burger Bar and Fish Bar, Billy Goat Tavern, or Harry Caray’s Tavern. Be sure to check the events calendar to see if there’s anything special going on during your visit.
Go To A Bulls Game
If you’re visiting Chicago, you’ll want to check out the sporting events when you’re in town. Heading to The United Center to see The Bulls play is a fun way to spend an evening—Big Star tacos or Gibson’s burgers, included. If basketball isn’t your sport, you can also see the Cubs, White Sox, or Blackhawks play, as these are all fantastic teams you’ll want to cheer on from the bleachers. Be sure to head to the gift store to grab a souvenir to take home.
Spend A Day At Millennium Park
Right on Michigan Avenue, Millennium Park in Chicago is the place to be if you’re looking for a way to spend a few hours. No matter the season, there’s always something fun in store.
In the warmer temperatures, you’ll want to head over to take a dip in the Crown Fountain or set up a picnic for live music. In the colder months, you can enjoy Christmas caroling (during the holidays) or ice skating at the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink. Check out the event calendar online to see if there are any notable performances during your stay.
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