Chicago is rich with museums, skyscrapers, breathtaking parts, and countless other attractions that make this city great. When taking a tour of the windy city, no matter your interests you’ll never find yourself short of things to do. With a booming tourism industry, this is one of the best places to travel at any time of the year. Following are nine top picks of great places to visit in Chicago for couples, professionals, and families alike.
Take a tour of one of Chicago’s finest lakefront views by visiting Grant Park. This park spans 319 acres and contains a number of notable landmarks like the Buckingham Fountain and Millennium Park. It’s a great place for an afternoon stroll or grab some great Chicago food and enjoy the views. Native Chicagoans know this is the place to be on a warm, sunny day.
With an impressive 216 acres to explore, Chicago’s Brookfield Zoo is a must-see for all animal lovers. The Great Bear Wilderness Exhibit spans 7.5 acres and is a massive replica of common habitats for bison, Mexican gray wolves, bald eagles, and polar bears. There are more than 3,000 invertebrates, 6,000 animals and a total of 436 species to take see.
A “must-see” for any tourist. This popular attraction of Chicago highlights local tourism at it’s best. Navy Pier features an IMAX cinema, Children’s Museum, countless opportunities to dine and shop, and a number of sightseeing boat tours that let you tour the lake up close. You can also play mini-golf, ride the Ferris wheel, and complete your tour with an old-fashion swing-style ride.
Some of the best films are hosted at the Movie Box, despite the fact that many of the movies featured here aren’t your traditional blockbusters. This two-screen theater boasts breathtaking decor and regularly shows the latest art house and independent films.
Catch a baseball game of course! This legendary stadium always has something fun for tourists to do, even outside of baseball season. During the winter months, lace up your skates and enjoy the ice rink that’s right out side. Seasonal tours and other events are commonly hosted here as are charity events and ice-hockey games. After a game, skating, or a tour, don’t forget all the great bars and restaurants just waiting for you outside Wrigley Field’s doors.
Architecture buffs will love the Chicago Riverwalk. It offers expansive views of some of the best-known architecture of the city. Water taxis and boat tours will allow you to recline in comfort and style as you learn more about the history of the area and enjoy the many waterfront restaurants and cafes.
Museum of Contemporary Art
Take in one of the largest collections of modern art in the country by visiting the Museum of Contemporary Art. With a picturesque garden, a gift shop and a restaurant, this is a great way to spend a relaxing afternoon learning more about the local art scene.
DuSable Museum of African American History
One of the country’s most important, cultural museums, this establishment hosts centuries of exhibits that highlight the lives African Americans and their unique history. Art connoisseurs and history buffs alike will be dazzled by the collections of art and memorabilia that are housed here.
Located on the Museum Campus near downtown, the Shedd is a must see stop for the young and old. It is home to over 80 habitats, 32,00 animals, award-winning exhibits, and lots to see and do. From dolphins to jellyfish, from to turtles and frogs, from sharks to the belugas, there are so many water-loving creatures from around the world!
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