In a city like Chicago there are well known landmarks left and right. Downtown is a wonderful mix of everything from museums to wide open green spaces. To really get a flavor for Chicago you have to get a taste of everything. Many of the top Chicago tourist attractions have made this city famous, and are go-to's not only for travelers, but for many of the locals here! World-famous Chicago museums, architecture and sports teams have made this city one of the top destinations in the country.
You may not have all the time in the world during your visit, so here are the most important sights you should consider when you're planning where to go in Chicago.
Built in 1914 and home to the Chicago Cubs since 1920, Wrigley Field is the second oldest ballpark in the major league. Located on the North side of the city it is an iconic feature of Chicago. Get your tickets to a game, they’re tons of fun but sell quick!
This park holds many of Chicago’s must-sees and many artists creations. Frank Gehry’s Jay Pritzker Pavillion, Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate, or “The Bean”, located in AT&T Plaza, and Crown Fountain designed by Jaume Plensa are just a few. There are 24.5 acres located right in downtown Chicago.
Sitting over Lake Michigan, Navy Pier has 50 acres of restaurants, shops, carnival rides and more. All throughout the summer they feature fireworks shows.
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Located in the heart of Chicago the The Art Institute of Chicago is world renowned. The museum is the second largest art museum in the country and has the world’s largest Monet collection. It offers guided tours and interactive rooms for families so that kids are encouraged to participate.
The most famous section of Michigan Avenue is the Magnificent Mile. It is Chicago’s largest shopping district with hundreds of retail stores, restaurants, museums and hotels. The strip is home to many important landmarks and some of the tallest buildings in the United States.
Reaching over 1,300 feet in the air the Willis Tower is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. Skydeck Chicago is located on the 103rd floor of the building. There, you can step over 4 feet outside of the building onto a seemingly floating edge.
Lincoln Park Zoo
The Lincoln Park Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in the country. They house over 1200 animals from 230 different species. Located in Lincoln Park the zoo is about 5 miles from downtown. The zoo is free to all and open all 365 days!
The Field Museum is located within Grant Park and covers over 9 acres. Their prized collections are their exhibit of dinosaur skeletons, large taxidermy collection and Native American artifacts.
There are over 21 million specimens in the museum and activities for young and older children.
John G. Shedd Aquarium
The Shedd Aquarium sits along Lake Michigan within Grant Park’s Museum Campus Chicago. The aquarium houses over 32,000 aquatic animals from around the world and are one of the largest indoor aquariums in the world, and by far one of the top Chicago tourist attractions!
The Chicago Skyline
Some will argue that the most important sight to see is that beautiful Chicago Skyline! Boat tours offer guided cruises on the Chicago River or Lake Michigan showcasing the best landmark the city has to offer and providing you with some history and facts. So get out there, book a tour and get your piece of Chicago to take home with you (you can stick with a memory but photos work great too). Choose from great tour lines like Odyssey, Seadog and Shoreline Sightseeing and more to find the right boat tour in Chicago for you.