Best Things to Do in Chicago

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Things to Do in Chicago

With so much to do and see in the Windy City, your biggest challenge will be fitting it all into the time you have on your trip. Check out these activities for a day full of fun.

Skydeck at Willis Tower

Take an elevator ride to the 103rd floor of one of the tallest buildings in the Western Hemisphere, Willis Tower. Once you’re there, take in the Chicago cityscape at the Skydeck. The Ledge, which is not for the faint of heart, offers you the opportunity to stand in a glass box protruding 4.3 feet from the building. Look down, if you dare.

Navy Pier

Once a naval training center, this 100-year-old pier now is home to a host of games, rides, and other attractions. Go up on the Centennial Wheel, the crown jewel of the park, to get a unique view of the city. The pier often has art exhibits and other cultural curiosities on display as well.

Shedd Aquarium

Chicago’s state-of-the-art lakeside aquarium is one Chicago’s best family activities. The aquarium has eight large exhibits, featuring marine life from all over the world, that is sure to keep the kids entertained for hours. Don’t miss the Abbott Oceanarium, home to beluga whales and Pacific white-sided dolphins.

The Field Museum

This natural history museum has exhibits on mummies, dinosaurs, DNA, earth science, anthropology, and everything in between. The carefully curated displays are sure to spark your curiosity. The museum also offers spectacular 3D movies for the whole family.

Art and Culture

Art Institute of Chicago

Did you ever see Ferris Bueller's Day Off? You can “play hooky” and admire the work of Picasso and Seurat just like Ferris and his pals did in the 80s classic. With as many as ten rotating exhibits, you’re to find plenty of art to enjoy at this superb Chicago museum.

Millenium Park

Visit this park to get your fill of sculptures and architecture. Here you’ll find the famous reflective “bean,” Cloud Gate, a prime photo opportunity. The Frank Gehry-designed Jay Pritzker Pavilion often hosts outdoor concerts. For fans of flora, the park is home to a 5-acre botanical space, Lurie Garden. Millenium Park is one of several beautiful green parks along Chicago’s waterfront.

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