Chicago – The city that was reborn from the ashes!! I simply couldn’t believe my eyes for the magnificent architectural beauty I saw in this amazing city of the United States. Be it the sky-touching high-rise giant steel buildings or a historically significant iconic sculpture on the ground, everything in Chicago is a jaw-dropping beauty. Lying along the shores of the Lake Michigan, the city is famous worldwide for its unique architecture and interesting art scene. There are millions of places to see and things to do in Chicago, yes, millions!! So, with the motto of making your travel easier, here we list the top places to See, Eat, Stay and things to do during your visit to the Chi-Town.
Top Places To See In Chicago
1. The Willis Tower / Skydeck Chicago
Stretching 1454 feet high, the Willis Tower is the tallest building in the western hemisphere. Located atop the Willis Tower, Skydeck Chicago is a must visit when you’re in the Windy City. At 103rd floor of the building, the Skydeck allows you to see few incredible views of the Chicago city and beyond. If you’re brave enough, you can step out onto The Ledge, a 4-feet glass-enclosed balcony, where you can stand and soak in the marvelous beauty of the spectacular Skyline. Believe it not, the glass floor is only 1.5 inches thick and standing there feels exactly like you’re suspended 1,353 feet off the ground.
2. Millennium Park & Cloud Gate
Featuring the iconic sculpture, Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate, also known as ‘The Bean’, this 24.5 acre park is now one of the most famous traveler’s choice destination in Chicago. You’ll also see many other interesting and fascinating structures here that includes Frank Gehry’s Pritzker Pavilion, serpentine bridge, the Lurie Garden and the Crown Fountain that shows array of local faces water spouting from their mouths.
3. Art Institute of Chicago
photo credit: Fountain of the Great Lakes, Art Institute of Chicago Building via photopin (license)
It’s voted as the #1 museum in the world by the TripAdvisor. Showcasing famous masterpieces and hundreds of thousands of outstanding art pieces, the Art Institute of Chicago is a world class museum and is definitely one of the top things to do while you’re here.
4. Adler Planetarium
Oh sure, this place will take you deep inside the universe with their virtual-reality trips through time and space in the Sky Theater. In fact, blindly choose any show here and believe it, you’ll not regret. The planetarium is home to one of the world’s most technologically advanced dome theaters featuring the highest resolution and best possible quality.
5. Shedd Aquarium
Shedd Aquarium is a 75 years old institution featuring more than 80 habitats with some 32,000 different aquatic animals from around the world. Above all, the aquarium also features a 100-plus-year Australian lungfish that is believed to be the longest living fish in any aquarium in the world.
6. The Field Museum
photo credit: Sue (Tyrannosaurus rex) at the Field Museum, Chicago, IL via photopin (license)
Covering over 300,000 square feet, the museum covers more than 30 permanent exhibits. You surely cannot cover all of them even if you spend a day inside it. The guide described the Field Museum as “The Passport To Travel The World Under One-roof”. Keep a note that, it’s also one of the few places in the States that features ancient Egyptian tomb where you can see mummies and also their life history.
7. Navy Pier
This is one of my favorite place in the Chi-Town – great dining and absolutely relaxing!! Navy Pier is the lakefront area featuring 50 acres of gardens, attractions, shops, restaurants and amusement parks. It’s truly city within a city! Initially, Navy pier was opened as an amusement park and shipping requirements but now it has become one of the most famous tourist destination in Chicago. Keep a note – Cruise ships on various sightseeing tours such as Chicago Architectural River Cruise , Chicago Urban Adventure Cruise and Chicago by Night Cruise starts from here.
8. Lincoln Park and Lincoln Park Zoo
Stretching over 6 miles along the edge of Lake Michigan, this is the city’s biggest park. Featuring a number of significant statues and pieces of public art along with the country’s one of the oldest zoos, the Lincoln Park Zoo, this is a place you shouldn’t miss while you’re in the city.
9. 360 Chicago
Formerly known as The John Hancock Center, it’s a 1,125 ft high dark metallic looking building that features an observation deck on it’s 94th floor. You can enjoy the stunning views of the Windy City from the skywalk here. You can also check out the feature TILT, that safely extents from the edge of the building at a 30 degree angle.
10. The Magnificent Mile
So, shopaholics!! This place is like heaven for you!! The Magnificent Mile is the heart of the city’s shopping and dining attractions. Filled with luxury branded shops, galleries, numerous restaurants, and varieties of stores for something for everyone, this is probably one of the most attractive streets in the United States.
Top Places To Stay in Chicago
Luxury Hotels : Luxury Hotels in Chicago
Mid-Range Hotels: Mid-Range Hotels in Chicago
Budget Hotels: Cheap Hotels in Chicago