The Top 10 Must See Places and Things to do in Chicago

Chicago is an amazing place with many wonderful things to do. Here is our list of the top 10 attractions and places to see in the Chicago area.

Best Attractions in Chicago

Sky Deck Chicago!

Considered to be one of the “seven wonders of Chicago” standing at 1,451 ft. high, Willis Tower, formerly named Sears tower was the tallest building in the world at the time of completion in 1973. It now holds record place as tallest building in the Western Hemisphere! Enjoy a nice visit with a panoramic view at 1,353 ft. And if daring enough you can take a step out on their glass balcony that extends four feet out from the buildings edge! You can also get your head in the clouds with your kids as they have spectacular views in their “knee high Chicago”. Offering views on a clear day to neighboring states, Indiana and Wisconsin, Illinois’ Sky Deck Chicago is a great place to come from states away!

Art Institute of Chicago

Having over 15 collections on display which includes African, American, Ancient and Byzantine, Architecture and design, Arms, Armor, Medieval, and Renaissance, Asian, Contemporary, European Decorative Arts, European painting and sculpture, Indian art of the Americas, Modern, Photography, Prints and drawings, Textiles Thorne Miniature rooms The Art Institute of Chicago is the second largest museum in the world! They have new exhibitions every few months and multiple events to attend throughout the day! Family visits? Kids under 14 get in for free! The Art Institute of Chicago is a wonderful place to learn targeting every age group; there is something there to satiate everyone’s hunger for learning.

Chicago Dine Around

Want to tantalize your taste buds? Afraid you will waste precious time to explore Chicago to have to sit down to eat? Well, with this progressive dining tour that takes you through Chicago stylishly in comfort, you won’t have to! Accommodating up to 500 size events if need be, you will be able to relax and interact with guests while enjoying a city tour! The bus will make multiple stops where you will be escorted and accompanied into spectacular restaurants. First stop, being served hors d’oeuvers to kick things off! Second up, will the main course and last but definitely not least on the plate, dessert!

Adler Planetarium

You ever get your head stuck in the clouds? Well, at Adler planetarium you will enjoy having your head “stuck in the clouds” with daily programs, exhibitions and special lectures this is the place to go. They have things to do whether you have just an hour or all day. Adler was founded in 1930 by a Chicago business lead, Max Adler and America’s first planetarium. Adler planetarium is located on Northerly Island in Chicago and is a part of Chicago’s museum campus which also includes the John G. Shedd  Aquarium and also The Field museum. The buildings are about a 15 minute walk from each other so it’s conveniently located to visit all of them.

Shedd Aquarium

Located on the shores of lake Michigan in Chicago’s museum campus you will be able to see what the sea is really like at the Shedd aquarium! Having more than 32,500 animals from 1,500 species, it shouldn’t be difficult to be fascinated. They have dolphins, fish, piranha, eel, sea turtles, otters, sea jellies and much, much more! Come in and amaze the kids with wonder with the floor to ceiling exhibit. Shedd aquarium is truly a wonderful place to visit for people of any age!

The Field Museum

The Field museum, located in Chicago’s museum campus, is home of the world’s most complete Tyrannosaurs rex fossil! The museum holds 25 million objects in six permanent collections which include the following:

  • Anthropology
  • Botany
  • Environment, culture, and conservation
  • Geology
  • Library/archives
  • Zoology

Let your imagination of history come to life as you get to gaze upon the vast array of fossils, mummies, hieroglyphics, glass that is over 8,00 years old, and different gems, and plants!

Millennium Park

Millennium Park now celebrates over 10 years of showing off Chicago’s best Architecture, landscape design, music, cutting edge art and much more although you wouldn’t have thought that before the park was birthed in 1997 as it was an “industrial wasteland” owned by the Illinois Central railroad.on 24.5 acres, It is now an extraordinary place to visit. In 2009 it won the Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence.  You can attend a hands on workshop for adults and families at their fragrant,5 acre Lurie Garden, take a tour around the park on a Segway or bike at McDonald’s cycle center, visit Boeing Galleries which provides fine historical, social and culture context of the art and architecture of our time, or just take a nice stroll and Relax in Wrigley Square . You can also book private events such as corporate and wedding ceremonies etc. At Millennium Park the opportunities are endless!

The Brookfield Zoo

The Brookfield zoo has 20 exhibits including the famous Great Bear wilderness that stretches out over an expanse of 7.3 miles. It mimics what the bears would naturally live in here in North America.Now you can travel the seven seas here in one destination with the “seven seas” exhibit. This is just a teaser of what you will find at The Brookfield Zoo so don’t take my word for it. Go and explore!

Hop on Hop off Trolly

Hop aboard these, darling not so little Trollies with new upper decks! You have access to jump on and off the Trolley while it takes you on a tour around Chicago’s lakefront downtown area where you will be able to see Navy Pier, Water Tower, Rock ‘n’ Roll McDonald’s, Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Wrigley Building, and Macys. These Trollies are a special ride as they do look like the cable cars in San Francisco!

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Home and Studio

Frank was a famous architect who developed the style known as Prairie school. He was born in 1867 and owned this house from 1889 to 1909 where the first 20 years of his career happened. At this house he experimented with design and concepts that were the beginning of his architectural philosophy. Frank Lloyd Wright’s work is found in buildings such as The Rookery, Unity Temple, Fredrick C. Robie House, and the Bach House. So, come see where it all began and visit his this unique home and studio.

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