Favorite Things to do in Chicago

Magnificent Mile

Magnificent Mile Downtown Chicago at Night

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Chicago Cultural Center

Chicago Cultural Center

World-Class Shopping

World-Class Shopping


Shopaholics come from all over the world to experience the Chicago shopping offerings. Tourists count shopping as one of their favorite things to do in Chicago

  • Magnificent Mile: Head to one of the most famous streets in all of Chicago.  Put on your comfy walking shoes, and hit the road.  You'll be able to explore over 400 shops on this stretch of shopping wonderland.  The Shops at North Bridge span six whole blocks!  Stock up on  jewelry, clothing, and other accessories on the first and second levels.  On the third floor, it's a children's paradise of toys galore
  • 900 North Michigan Shops: This high-end destination for shopping resides at the north end of the Magnificent Mile.  More than 70 luxury retailers have stores here.  You'll get your exercise exploring 7 levels of shops including a gigantic Bloomingdale's.  Get European city clothing from Gucci.  For clothing styles that are clean and classic with a twist, MaxMara is your store.  Make working more fun with fancy writing instruments and an expensive watch from Montblanc. 

Photographing Chicago

Photographing Chicago


Sightseeing travelers love to take pictures with gorgeous landmarks around the Windy City.  Get snap-happy with your camera at Chicago's most popular attractions.

  • Cloud Gate: Affectionately referred to as "The Bean" due to its resemblance to the legume (albeit a monstrous-sized version of it), this fascinating sculpture consists of 168 stainless steel plates pieced together and polished to perfection.  It looks like one solid piece of silver melted into the shape of a bean.  Designed by British artist Anish Kapoor, Cloud Gate is 66 feet long and 33 feet high.  It's on our list of free Chicago attractions.
  • Buckingham Fountain: Located at the center of a garden inside Grant Park, this beautiful landmark was commissioned in 1927 by a woman named Kate Buckingham.  She had it made in memory of her late brother Clarence.  The fountain features 4 sea horse sculptures that represent the 4 states bordering Lake Michigan.  The fountain itself represents the lake!  French sculptor Marcel F. Loyau created this stunning art piece.  In the evenings, there are hourly water shows with music and lights.

Enjoying Entertainment

Enjoying Entertainment


Make the most of your time in the Windy City with a visit to places that are packed with many attractions in one location. 

  • Navy Pier: Bring the kids to the Chicago Children's Musem here, where they can fully engage their minds.  Interactive exhibits allow kids to climb on structures, make forts, invent flying toys, and play pretend in log cabins and enchanted forest settings.  While you're at the Pier, check out the Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows.  Housing a permanent display of 150 stained glass works, the Smith Museum is the 1st museum in the U.S. to feature all stained glass art.
  • Chicago Cultural Center: Get swept away by the free performances of music, dance, and theater here.  Learn new ways of looking at the world by checking out the free art exhibits.  The Chicago Cultural Center also hosts stimulating lectures, film showings, and exciting family events.  The Chicago Cultural Center always has free admission.  It's on our list of Chicago children's attractions!
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Favorite Things To Do In Chicago

The best things to do in Chicago include buying wonderful goods from the shops here.  The Magnificent Mile has blocks upon blocks of quality garments and accessories.  Buy things to bring back to your friends and family.  With the plethora of shopping malls in the Windy City, scouring the stores for amazing goodies to purchase is easily one of the top things to do in Chicago.  The 900 North Michigan Shops are an upscale collection of more than 70 retailers.  Window shop, and savor the sight of all the luxury items in store. 

Taking pictures is another one of the most popular things to do in Chicago.  Head to Millennium Park, where you'll find the cool-looking Cloud Gate sculpture.  It's just one of Chicago's many free attractions.  You can put away your wallet, and pull out your camera instead.  Among top things to do in Chicago, photographing beautiful sights in the city is one of the most budget-friendly activities to enjoy.  Go to Chicago's most popular tourist attractions, and snap away.  Do you have your accommodations covered yet?  Browse through our list of favorite hotels in downtown Chicago.  The best things to do in Chicago include visiting the Buckingham Fountain.  This gorgeous Chicago landmark was created in 1927 in honor of Kate Buckingham's late brother, Clarence.  Ever since, this has been a popular place to visit, relax, and enjoy the beauty of this art piece. 

Favorite things to do in Chicago include enjoying entertainment.  Save time, and go where there are lots of things going on each day.  Guests love to visit the Navy Pier, because there are so many different things happening.  If you want to go on carnival rides, you have a nice assortment from which to choose.  Check off your to-do list one of the best things to do in Chicago.  Hop onto the ferris wheel for sky-high views of the surrounding area!  If you're in the mood for music, you can stop by the Skyline Stage.  In the music category, making this visit is one of the best things to do in Chicago.  Enjoy live performances of classical, blues, jazz, rock, and reggae music.  Depending on when you are there, you might also see dance, theater, comedy, and film entertainment. 

Travelers list going to the Chicago Cultural Center as one of their favorite things to do in Chicago.  See free art exhibitions, watch free music, dance, and drama performances, and enjoy many other free public events. 

Be sure to check out all the Chicago deals on top attractions and tours so that you can do even more while you're visiting!