Chicago, one of the most populous and most iconic city in the United States, is where we are covering next. The infamous “Windy City” is located on the edge of Lake Michigan and is consisted of their iconic architecture throughout. You will find a magnificent blend of innovative skyscrapers and historic buildings on the Magnificent Mile that vary from gothic architecture, art deco, contemporary and more. Of those that reside on this infamous street include: Willis Tower, John Hancock Center, Chicago Water Tower, The Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower and other long established hotels. Today you can also find the luxury shops on the street level of the Magnificent Mile. Near the Wrigley Building, you can take a stroll through the Chicago Riverwalk as it serves as a pedestrian waterfront sidewalk. If there is anything other than what recommend below in our must see list, its to visit the 100 year old Wrigley Field and if you happen to go during baseball season, see tickets for a game!
Millennium Park & Jay Pritzker Pavilion
The Millennium Park, the most popular attraction of the United States’ MidWest, is basically what you think of when Chicago crosses your mind and of course we had to start here. As being the northern section of Grant Park, you will find there is an ice skating rink, Jay Pritzker Pavilion and infamous sculptures. The main reasoning behind its creation was to celebrate the third millennium beginning obviously January 1st, 2001. One main attraction in this park is the Cloud Gate which is the infamous mirror shaped bean structure. Located nearby is the Maggie Daley Park which is a playground and skatepark.
Art Institute of Chicago
Also located within the Grant Park grounds is the Art Institute of Chicago. The Art Institute of Chicago was initially created as a free art school in 1866 by 35 artists in hope of educating within the original Chicago Academy of Design art gallery. Due to major influence of the University of Chicago, later that century in 1882, the named changed to what it holds today and was converted into and art museum and is home to some of the most iconic masterpieces by Pablo Picasso, George Seurat and more. Be sure to take a few hours of your day to come visit one of the United State’s oldest art museums!!
Another iconic place to go to in Chicago is the Skydeck Chicago not only because of the 103 story high panoramic views, but this previously being the Sears Tower of Chicago. To have another skyline view of Chicago, be sure to also check out 360 CHICAGO, located in the John Hancock skyscraper at 94 stories high with a tilted glass jutted out over the city. Similar to NYC, these are pretty must see spots if you want to admire a birds eye view of this truly amazing city!
Navy Pier & Chicago Children’s Museum
The Navy Pier is also one of the most popular attractions you will find here in Chicago (actually… the most visited place). On this pier floating on the shore of Lake Michigan, you will find everything from restaurants, shops, parks, gardens, the Chicago’s Funhouse Maze, the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, the Chicago Children’s Museum and more. We just lost our breath just writing all of this out… We are beyond certain that you will find the Navy Pier a delight from all the amazing attractions that are held here!
Lincoln Park Zoo & Conservatory
Located north of Chicago’s city center is where you will come across the Lincoln Park attractions. Similar to most attractions here in Chicago, the Lincoln Park Zoo is among one of the oldest in the United States. If that hasn’t convinced you already, then the fact that there is free admission all year round might. Within Lincoln Park grounds as well, you will find the Lincoln Park Conservatory which serves as a botanic garden encased inside of a stunning Victorian style greenhouse. If you’re looking for something to share with the kids, be sure to come by Lincoln Park!
Grant Park & Buckingham Fountain
As we have mentioned previously, Grant Park is home to most of Chicago’s main attractions: Cloud Gate, Millennium Park, Art Institute of Chicago, Buckingham Fountain and more. Similar to NYC’s Central Park, Grant Park is a huge urban greenspace where many of the city’s events and mainly being known as “Chicago’s front yard.”
Shedd Aquarium & Field Museum
If you travel south of Grant Park, you will come to a cluster of attractions held at the Museum Campus of Chicago. We recommend the Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum, and the Adler Planetarium. The Shedd Aquarium is home to over 30,000 animals and brings a whopping 2 million visitors every year. A few of their exhibitions include: Caribbean Reef, Amazon Rising, Oceanarium, and more. The Field Museum of Natural History, which also attracts 2 million annual visitors, is well known for its early fossils found to the more recent ones as well as other exhibitions displaying fascinating artifacts from all over the world. The Adler Planetarium was the first museum of the Western hemisphere that was dedicated to astronomy and astrophysics. These three museums bring so many visitors from all around the world so be sure to dedicate some time to the Museum Campus of Chicago!
Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago
South of Chicago’s city center, right next to the University of Chicago, you will find the Museum of Science and Industry. This museum is so important to the city that is was recognized as a major landmark in 1995 and host over 2,000 exhibitions ranging from the Transportation Gallery, showing the railroad system from Chicago to Seattle on a miniature scale, to U-505 WWII German submarine history. There is so much to take in here so be sure to schedule a large amount of time. Near the science museum, is the Frederick C. Robie House, which was designed by the infamous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, and has also been declared as National Historic Landmark.
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