Favorite Things to do in Chicago
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.
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.
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!