The city of Chicago has it all. Popularly known as “The Windy City,” this populous urban area along the shore of Lake Michigan has something to offer to everyone who visits it. For those interested in art, there are well-maintained museums, buildings with interesting architecture and numerous other cultural attractions that will tickle your fancy. For the foodie, there are many Michelin-starred restaurants in this part of the world. For the shop-a-holic, there are large malls here carrying well-known brands.
Clearly, you will never run out of things to do in this city. For those who are visiting Chicago for a limited time, here are 15 places you should definitely include in your itinerary.
- Wrigley Field
Baseball fans should definitely make this ballpark as a stop in their Chicago visit. This enormous field, built in 1914, is the home of the Chicago Cubs, of the city’s two Major League Baseball franchises. During baseball games, the 39,000-capacity stadium roars with enthusiastic crowds. You can join one of the organized Wrigley Field tours to get behind-the-scene insights about this historic landmark.
- Michigan Avenue and The Magnificent Mile
For a taste of Chicago glamour, head to this beautiful district at the heart of the city. This avenue, vibrant and especially beautiful at night, is lined with top-of-the-line retailers, posh boutiques, fancy restaurants and world-class hotels. This area is really for those who want to live the lifestyle of the rich and the famous.
- John Hancock Center
It’s hard to miss this towering skyscraper along North Michigan Avenue. Standing at 1,125 feet, this mostly commercial center is known for its dark metallic-looking exterior and its X-braced steel design, which supposedly helps keep the building stable in case of natural disasters like earthquakes. For the full experience, go up to this structure’s 94th floor, where there’s an observatory with a 360-degree view of Chicago.
- Lincoln Park
If you want to catch a glimpse of the Chicago way of life while breathing fresh air, go to the Lincoln Park, a designated community area in the city. It is a vast 6-mile stretch of green space, complete with a zoo and a nature museum. The place is also the location of some schools, restaurants and jazz bars — perfect for experiencing the unique Chicago culture.
- Shakespeare Theater
If you’re a theater enthusiast, you should definitely make a stop at this place on the Navy Pier, or maybe even catch a production. This seven-story, glass curtain-walled theater has a 500-seat courtyard theater, as well as a 200-seat flexible black box theater. The homegrown Shakespeare Theater Company prides itself on being an innovator in the world of theater, while still showcasing classical era plays.
- Lyric Opera of Chicago
Although the city of Chicago is modern and developed, its deep love for the classical arts still stays in its soul. One manifestation for this love for the classical arts is this opera house which runs a full season from October to March. Here, you will see fantastic productions of well-known classics. The performance hall in itself is quite impressive, exhibiting Art Deco interiors and comfortably seating over 3,600 people in the audience.
- Garfield Park Observatory
Believe it or not, somewhere within the concrete jungle of Chicago is a place that nurtures nature. Located within the relaxing Garfield Park is an observatory where various species of plants are grown and showcased. The structure that holds the plants is actually a greenhouse, so some locals refer to the observatory as “landscape art under glass.” Here, you will see various types of cycads, ferns, water lilies and palms.
- The Rookery Building
This building at the heart of Chicago’s financial district is an architectural eye candy inside and out. The façade of this 12-story building is reminiscent of Roman Revival and Queen Anne-style, with load-bearing walls and an iconic Romanesque archway at its main entrance. The beauty of its interiors matches — if not surpasses — its exteriors, with a light court that allows natural light to illuminate much of the building. There are also staircases that seem to hang from the ceiling, along with beautiful chandeliers.
- Oriental Institute Museum
At a time when the Middle East and nearby areas are often portrayed as places of conflict, this museum in Chicago is a welcome reminder of the rich history and culture of this part of the world. The Oriental Institute Museum showcases fascinating archaeological treasures from Egypt, Sudan, Israel, Turkey, Iraq and other neighboring countries. Some of these ancient artifacts date back to over 4,000 years ago, and provide good insights about the culture of our ancestors from the Near East.
- Museum of Science and Industry
Founded in 1933, this impressive museum provides a family-friendly and educational yet still fun-filled time to all its visitors. It pioneered and has perfected the concept of the “hands-on” exhibit to explain the application of natural laws in industrial and technological development. With hundreds of exhibits, and even an OMNIMAX theater in this museum, a day will not be enough to discover all its features.
- Willis Tower Skydeck
This popular attraction in Chicago is not for those who have fear of heights. The Willis Tower, sometimes known by its previous name the Sears Tower, is still the second-tallest building in the United States, standing at over 1,700 feet. On its 103rd floor is a skydeck, which gives visitors a breathtaking panoramic view of the entire city and Lake Michigan. If you’re feeling adventurous and you want to take your visit a little bit farther, step into “The Ledge,” a transparent glass case that juts out of the building.
- Field Museum of Natural History
This well-curated museum will definitely satisfy the curiosity of those interested in the natural sciences such as botany, zoology, geology and anthropology. The museum’s permanent collection features 20 million artifacts and specimen, the centerpiece of which is “Sue,” the world’s largest and most complete skeleton of the Tyrannosaurus Rex dinosaur.
- Millennium Park
Strolling around this park is a fantastic way to spend a lazy afternoon in Chicago. This 25-acre green park on the shore of Lake Michigan offers architectural eye candy and outdoor art installations. The most popular of these art installations is “The Bean,” formally known as “Cloud Gate,” which provides good photo opportunities featuring a distorted reflection of the city’s skyline. Outdoor concerts and film screenings are also conducted once in a while at the Millennium Park.
- Navy Pier
This is perhaps the happiest place in Chicago — no wonder it is the city’s number one tourist attraction. This fun place was opened in 1916 as a shipping facility with an amusement park. It has since evolved into a full-blown entertainment complex, complete with concert venues, shops and even a 3D IMAX Theater. Navy Pier is also perfect for families, with child-friendly attractions like a museum and an indoor botanical garden. Be sure to ride the iconic Ferris wheel and the historic carousel at the Navy Pier Park.
- Art Institute of Chicago
The art scene in Chicago has traditionally been vibrant, with artists like Picasso, Chagall and Dubuffet having left a mark in the city. This artistic history is best showcased at the Art Institute of Chicago, one of the oldest and most extensive art centers in the whole United States. Among the nearly 300,000 works of art put on display in this museum are Picasso’s “The Old Guitarist,” Georges Seurat’s “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte,” and the famous “American Gothic” by Grant Wood.
Originally posted 2017-08-22 06:31:39.