The “Windy City” of Chicago has one of the most iconic skylines in America, with towering skyscrapers piercing the heavens and waves lapping onto the shores of Lake Michigan. Nature and architecture go hand in hand in Chicago, along with famous museums, art galleries and renowned shopping promenades. Here are a few of the top attractions in Chicago for any type of traveler.
Regardless of your creative inclinations, it’s hard to resist exploring culture in the “City of Museums.” You can dive headfirst into eclectic world cultures at the Field Museum, or get your brain-game on with an afternoon at the Museum of Science and Industry. Above all, don’t miss a trip to the Art Institute of Chicago, where you’ll view originals by the world’s greatest masters, including Van Gogh, Seurat and Renoir.
If you can’t resist the pull of what’s arguably the glitziest shopping strip in America, then put on some walking shoes and march along the Magnificent Mile on North Michigan Avenue. Even if you don’t have lots of cash to splash, it’s worth the experience of gazing at dazzling displays, elegant boutiques and famous fashion houses selling designer originals. There are plenty of cafes, cocktail bars and espresso shops along the Magnificent Mile, so snag a window seat and watch the parade of people strutting their stuff.
Shopping and culture aren’t the only games in town when visiting Chicago. Sports aficionados get their kicks at Wrigley Field while watching the Chicago Cubs knock it out of the famous ballpark. You can also pick up tickets to see action from the Bears, Blackhawks and Bulls while you’re in town. On down days for actual games, there are still plenty of sports-related venues to explore, including the Blackhawk’s Store on Michigan Avenue and the Chicago Sports Museum, located next door to Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch
Chicago certainly doesn’t ignore the little ones, with family attractions such as Navy Pier. A 150-foot high Ferris wheel whirls and twirls through the sky, while ground level is home to at least 50 acres of family fun, arcade games, souvenir shops and kid-friendly cafes. Lincoln Park Zoo is another family favorite, with free admission and entrance to the Kovler Seal Pool, Lion House and more than 200 different species of animals.
Also at Lincoln Park, you can take a stroll on the Nature Boardwalk and have a picnic at the pavilion. If you’re into botanicals, don’t miss the orchid and palm rooms at Lincoln Park Conservatory, a Victorian-era glass structure with thousands of treasured plant species. Let millions of artifacts, manuscripts and documents bring history alive at the Chicago History Museum, including Chicago’s first railroad locomotive.
Chicago is a city that reinvents itself over and over again, meaning you’ll always return to the Windy City with more to see and explore. Attractions in Chicago run the gamut from traditional arts to cutting-edge technology, with plenty of action day and night. It’s the perfect vacation destination for visitors of all ages.