I recently spent some time in Chicago and had so much fun! Before my travels, I talked with a few friends who have lived there or spent a significant amount of time visiting. There’s a lot to see and do in the Windy City! Are you thinking about visiting? Here’s a look at 12 fun things to do in Chicago!
Eat Deep Dish Pizza
Would a trip to Chicago really be complete without some Chicago style pizza? Deep Dish pizza has a high, thick crust and is heavy on the chunky tomato sauce. I don’t usually eat this type of pizza at home, so it was a nice treat to have. I may have had several brands of deep dish pizza on my trip… 😀
Take an Architecture Boat Tour
Chicago is full of amazing architecture. As the city has progressed over the years, many different styles of structures have been built and now stand today for you to view and enjoy. I highly recommend taking an architecture boat tour when you visit. You’ll be amazed at all of the fun facts you will learn as you explore the variety of buildings. I recommend the Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise with Chicago’s First Lady. I loved the tour I took with them during my visit.
Go Shopping at Magnificent Mile
Looking to do a bit of shopping while in Chicago? Magnificent Mile is a stretch of luxury shops along Michigan Avenue. If you’re looking to pick up some clothing, jewelry, or unique gifts, this is a fun place to do so. Some top shopping spots include Gap, Louis Vuitton, Sephora, and Lush Cosmetics.
Visit Millennium Park
If you’ve seen photos of Chicago, you’ve likely seen Millennium Park. This is a public park area where you can enjoy a mix of architecture and art. The most notable attraction is Cloud Gate, also known as “The Bean.” Throughout the year, there are also many concerts and free events put on at Millennium Park.
Stroll Along the Chicago Riverwalk
Looking for the perfect afternoon activity? Stroll along the bank of the Chicago River! This beautiful walkway spans from Lake Shore Drive to Franklin Street. Take in the sights of the skyline and boats as you enjoy your walk. There are a variety of cafes and restaurants along the way, so you won’t go hungry!
Check Out the Amazing Views at Skydeck Chicago
Looking to get high up to see the gorgeous city views that Chicago has to offer? Be sure to visit Skydeck Chicago, where you can get the perfect photo. Located in the Willis Tower (formerly known as Sears Tower), you’ll ride up to the 103rd floor to get to the viewing deck. 1,353 ft in the air, this building is known as the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere! This is a great place to get amazing photographs to look back at and remember your fun times in Chicago. General admission costs $23 for adults and $15 for kids.
See the Cubs Play at Wrigley Field
If you happen to be in town when the Cubs are playing a home game, be sure to buy some tickets. Enjoy the game while getting a chance to take in the atmosphere and views that come with seeing a game at the famous Wrigley Field. If you’re in town when there isn’t a home game, you can enjoy other events and concerts. Might I suggest seeing the Foo Fighters next July? 🙂
Visit the Shedd Aquarium
If you’re a fan of sea life, you’ll enjoy the Shedd Aquarium. Here you can enjoy many permanent exhibits as well as special exhibits. Some current favorite displays include “Amazon Rising,” “Wild Reef,” “Waters of the World,” and “Polar Play Zone.” While here you can also interact with some of the animals and listen to educators share their knowledge during special events and learning sessions. Tickets are $29.95 for children and $39.95 for adults and the aquarium is open on both weekdays and weekends.
Visit the Field Museum of Natural History
While nearby at the Shed Aquarium, be sure to also stop by the Field Museum of Natural History. It’s a top-rated Chicago museum and its full of collections to explore. Some of the current exhibits include “Sue the T-Rex,” “Inside Ancient Egypt,” “The Ancient Americas,” and “Restoring Earth.” General admission tickets can be purchased for adults at the price of $$36 and $25 for children. There are other special exhibits that may require additional fees.
Eat a Chicago Style Hot Dog
If you love food, you’ll also want to try a Chicago style hot dog! The Windy City has its own unique hot-dog toppings. What’s on a Chicago style dog? Yellow mustard, chopped onions, sweet pickle relish, tomato slices, pickled sports peppers, a dill pickle spear, and celery salt. We decided to check out Devil Dawgs, as my husband is vegetarian and they also serve tofu dogs. 🙂
Visit Frank Lloyd Wright’s Home and Studio
If you’re a fan of architecture, the boat tours aren’t the only option. You can also visit the iconic Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio. This is where Frank Lloyd Wright first lived and began to experiment with his architecture ideas. You can enjoy a guided tour of the inside of his home or take a neighborhood walking tour. The guided interior tour costs $18 for adults and $15 for students. The neighborhood walking tour costs $15 for adults and $12 for students.
Ride the L Train Loop
Many major US cities have a metro or subway system in place. Chicago is known for its train system that runs both underground and above ground. The “L Train” is an elevated and a great way to see city views while getting to your destination. Riding the Loop is a great way to experience unique views while getting around the city in an affordable manner.
There really is so much to do in Chicago. If you’re planning a trip to Chicago, consider taking part in some of the above activities. Whether you’re visiting for a weekend or several days, you’re sure to find many fun things to do and see. I hope to return to the Windy City in the near future.