The Windy City is home to millions of people – and about a million attractions, restaurants, bars, stores and museums that could keep you busy until the end of time. So, if you are new to Chicagoland or are just visiting, let us be your guide for major attractions to check out first.
If marine life is your thing, then you need to make your way over to the Shedd Aquarium. The aquarium contains more than 32,000 animals and used to be the largest aquarium in the world, with more than 5 million gallons of water. It is surrounded by the Chicago Museum Campus, which also boasts 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 a Cubs game.
Art Institute of Chicago
Another great attraction to visit is the Art Institute of Chicago. It houses thousands of collections from all eras and styles, including ancient, classical, Egyptian, modern, contemporary, 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 for 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 theater 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 the Navy Pier, a premier entertainment attraction that stretches 3,300 feet out into Lake Michigan. The pier is home to an iMax theater, the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, a children’s museum, restaurants and even a Ferris wheel. You can spend an entire day absorbing everything the pier has to offer.
With all the amazing things to do and see, we are sure you will love Chicago!
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