Top 10 To Do:
- Navy Pier: The Pier has served as a military training site during two world wars and a venue for concerts and exhibitions. Today, Navy Pier showcases a unique collection of restaurants and shops in addition to unequaled recreational and exhibition facilities.
- Six Flags Great America: There are lots of thrill rides for the adventurous, as well as family rides. Entertainment includes shows, concerts and festivals.
- Brookfield Zoo: The Zoo is located on 216 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, featuring over 2,000 animals.
- Shedd Aquarium: Is the world's largest indoor aquarium with more than 8,000 aquatic animals representing more than 700 species from all parts of the world.
- Hancock Observatory: Located on the 94th floor of the John Hancock Building, 1,000 feet above the Magnificent Mile. It is the city's only open-air skywalk.
- Magnificent Mile: Is the name given to the stretch along Michigan Avenue. The "Mile" offers 460 stores, 275 restaurants, 51 hotels, 2 unique museums and a variety of sightseeing and entertainment attractions to more than 22 million visitors each year.
- Cultural Center: One of the most comprehensive free arts showcases in the United States, this landmark building is the setting for hundreds of programs and exhibitions.
- Time Escape: Located at Navy Pier, is an exciting time travel ride that combines eye-popping 3-D projections, state -of-the-art computer graphics, incredible live special effects, robotics and high impact motion simulation to create an unforgettable adventure through the past, present and future of Chicago.
- Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio: More than one hundred years ago, Frank Lloyd Wright sparked an architectural revolution with the opening of his Oak Park studio.
- Sears Tower Skydeck: The view from the Skydeck on the 103rd floor of the Sears Tower is amazing! On a clear day, you can see 40-50 miles -- the city of Chicago and it's beautiful architecture, Michigan, Indiana and Wisconsin!
Top 5 Things To See:
- Harold Washington Library: The building is neo-classical, with its design using elements of ancient Greek and Roman structures. It appeared in The Guinness Book of Records as the largest public library building in the world.
- The Buckingham Fountain: It is located in Grant Park and is one of Chicago's most popular attractions as well as one of the largest fountains in the world. The four sea horses on its sides represent the four states that touch Lake Michigan: Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan.
- Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum: It has new exhibits, state-of-the-art computer technology and the world's first StarRider Theater, while showcasing a renowned collection of historical astronomy artifacts.
- Union Station: An historical landmark in Chicago, the last remaining of Chicago's great turn-of-the-century train depots.
- The Art Institute of Chicago: Considered one of the finest and most comprehensive in the world, the collection includes more than 1,500 paintings and sculptures representing every significant movement in Europe and America throughout the 20th century.
Best Time of Year to Visit: The summer time for all the different events, especially June for the more pleasant weather.
5 Things to Do With Kids:
Lincoln Park Zoo: In addition to observing all of the wonderful animals, Lincoln Park Zoo features its SBC Endangered Species Carousel ride, paddle boat and swan boat rides, the LPZOO Express train ride, the 4-D Virtual Safari simulator and a Safari Audio Tour.
CoCo Key Water Resort: A combination of the fun and excitement of Illinois' largest waterpark with all the amenities of a nationally renowned hotel!
Northbrook Theatre: A professional musical theatre for young audiences
Amazing Chicago: The city's first full-sensory funhouse & maze experience. In this attraction you’ll navigate your way through four thousand square feet of exhilarating mirror mazes and tunnels set in a twisted Chicago Landscape.
ESPN Zone: A combination sports, entertainment and dining venue featuring the Sports Arena for interactive sports and the Screening Room for viewing sporting events.
5 Great Evening Entertainment Options:
- Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament: Guests enjoy an authentic medieval four-course feast while valiant knights battle on horseback.
- Chicago Dinner Cruise: A three hour tour, including dinner and dancing, departing from the Navy Pier in the Odyssey.
Andy's Jazz Club: One of Chicago's best-known and most respected Jazz establishments, offers casual dinning and live jazz.
The Chicago Theatre: The Chicago Theatre reopened on September 10, 1986 with a glittering performance by Frank Sinatra. It now features plays, musicals, concerts and more.
The Bamboo Room: This enormous tiki club is a playground for suburban grown-ups craving tropical surroundings and Polynesian bar fare.
5 Great Restaurants:
- Tru: Voted No. 1 for popularity in Chicago by Zagat Survey. Chef Rick Tramonto and Gale Gand perform their wonderful culinary magic in a "theatre style" kitchen.
- La Cantina Enoteca: It is a steak and seafood house. Customers dine amongst the salt water fish tanks while enjoying a menu filled with steak and seafood dishes from all regions of Italy.
- Cesars: Colorful interiors, superb service, excellent drinks, and a fun atmosphere makes Cesar's a top dining destination. They are also known for the best margaritas in Chicago.
- Platiyo: High quality Mexican food presented in a fun, festive, casual, relaxed atmosphere. An extensive selection of the finest tequilas are offered.
- Park Grill: Offers outstanding eclectic, new American food in a comfortable atmosphere with views of the Millennium Park. Enjoy the year-round seasonal entertainment: in winter, an ice rink; in the warm-weather months, the city's largest al fresco dining with live entertainment.
See Also Links:
- Wikipedia on Chicago
- Chicago Traveler
- Chicago Attractions