The windy city is home to millions of people and, ironically, there are about a million different attractions, restaurants, bars, stores and museums that could keep you busy until the end of time. So, if you are new to area or just visiting and need a little help deciding what to check out first, we are here to help! Let us be your guide for all that Chicago has to offer!
If marine life is your thing then you need to make your way over to the Shedd Aquarium. The aquarium contains over 32,000 animals and used to be the largest aquarium in the world with over 5,000,000 gallons of water. It is surrounded by the Campus Chicago Museum, the Adler Planetarium and the Field Museum of Natural History.
For sports fanatics, Wrigley Field is an absolute must! It is the oldest national league ballpark, the second-oldest active major league ballpark and the only remaining federal league park. Grab a hot dog and enjoy the ballgame.
Art Institute of Chicago
Another great attraction to visit is the Art Institute of Chicago. It houses thousands of collections from all eras, including ancient, classical, Egyptian art, modern, contemporary art, architecture and graphic design. It also contains the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries. It is one of the most visited museums in the world with about 1.5 million visitors annually. It also spans one million square feet in eight buildings and is the second-largest art museum in the United States.
The Walnut Room
Located on the 7th floor of Macy’s, the Walnut Room is the first restaurant ever opened in a department store. It features Circassian wood paneling imported from Russia and Austrian chandeliers. It’s an excellent choice as a break from shopping or for a meal and glass of wine before a show.
In the mood for a show? Then make your way to the Chicago Theatre and be prepared to be blown away by Broadway entertainment. Built in 1921, the theatre is an iconic landmark in the city and frequently appears in films, television, artwork and photography.
Chicago Jazz Festival
Chicago is home to one of the biggest jazz music festivals every Labor Day Weekend. It promotes awareness and appreciation for all forms of jazz through free musical performances. The festival prides itself on artistic creativity for all those who participate and has been a time-honored tradition since 1979.
Finally, no adventure around Chicago is complete without a trip to Navy Pier, a premier event and entertainment attraction that stretches 3,300 feet out into Lake Michigan. The pier is home to an iMax theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Pepsi Skyline Stage, children’s museum, Landshark Beer Garden, maze, restaurants and even a ferris wheel. You can spend an entire day absorbing everything the pier has to offer, and then some!
With all the amazing things to do and see, we are sure you will love Chicago!