You’ve shopped until you dropped and had your fill of pizza. What’s next? Good news- Chicagoland visitors are spoiled for choice when it comes to taking in the sights.
When you get back home, you’ll want to show friends and family that you were really there. To get the best views and selfies with your new favorite lakeside city, there are plenty of options to consider. If you enjoy the gentle rocking of boat on the water accompanied by an explanation of how the city grew and developed, you’ll want to book passage on the Shoreline Architecture River Cruise. If you’d rather not be at ground level, 360 Chicago gives you a commanding view of the entire skyline from the John Hancock Building. Not for the faint of heart, Willis Tower’s SkyDeck Chicago lets you step out of your comfort zone and into a glass box sticking four feet out of the building!
Who doesn’t remember a childhood spent enthusing over animals, space, and dinosaurs? We’ve got the kids covered with world class experiences for the entire family. Adler Planetarium is the first stop for fans of the moon, the solar system, and the stars that lay beyond. Or you can let your young ones digs into dinosaur bones or get spooked by mummies at the Field Museum. Other little ones might prefer to come face to face with one of the Shedd Aquarium’s eight belugas?
More sophisticated tastes can be sated by Chicago’s prestigious museums. At the top of the list is the Art Institute of Chicago, featuring the quintessentially prairie portrait “American Gothic” and the famous city diner scene, “Nighthawks.” Not to be missed during your visit is the Museum of Science and Industry, where you can tour a U-boat, descend into a coal mine, or sit behind the wheel of all manner of aircraft in the flight and ride simulators.
Engage with interactive exhibits delving deep into the galaxy’s science and secrets. The perfect outing for families and space explorers alike.
You’ll see it all atop the John Hancock Building, stretching from the shore to the north and southsides of the city.
Turtles, sea otters, and stingrays are a few of the undersea marvels waiting for you at this aquatic animal conservation center.
Be brave, be bold, be free! Step out into the deck’s glass boxes and feel yourself suspended over the Windy City.
Lincoln Park Zoo
Enjoy a wild and free day with the animals at one of the most established zoos in the US—Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo.
Grab your family and get ready to enjoy wildlife such as giraffes, lions, tigers and bears when you head over to Brookfield Zoo.
Shoreline Architecture River Cruise
There’s no more relaxing way to take in our skyline and building design than from a boat on the Chicago river.
Art Institute of Chicago
Invest in your art education by viewing cultural masterpieces both modern and heralding from antiquity acquired from around the globe.
Museum of Science and Industry
Chicago’s multitude of significant contributions to Midwestern manufacturing and scientific discovery are put on display to encourage curiosity and inquiry.
Egyptian and Peruvian mummies, dinosaurs, – in Chicago? Why not? Bring the family and drop in and connect to the past.
Filled with activities and shopping, Navy Pier is one of Chicago’s iconic, not-to-miss attractions. Free and open to the public all throughout the year, Navy Pier hosts various events and attractions that allow you to make your own adventure.
Navy Pier Centennial Wheel
Get unparalleled views of Chicago and the lakefront from 200 feet up in your comfortable gondola on the iconic Navy Pier Centennial Wheel.