Chicago is an iconic city. Home of the Cloud Gate Sculpture (or the Bean), a perfect place for some aesthetic, Instagram-worthy pictures; the Millennium Mile, a seemingly endless line of stores; and Navy Pier, a mall jutting out into the lake. And in addition to these sights, the windy city has so much that needs to be on every traveler’s to-do list.
Of course, the appearance of the city is the first thing that anyone notices driving up for the first time. And Chicago has a few places that one can get the full experience – from way up high. The 360 Observation Deck on top of the former John Hancock Center gives, you guessed it, a 360-degree view of the city. Vistas as far as the eye can see. And the Skydeck at Willis Tower gives a unique view from a glass box over 1,000 feet above the street.
For ground views, Chicago has an amazing supply of parks. Millennium Park, home of the aforementioned Cloud Gate Sculpture – along with festivals and concerts – sits on the Millennium Mile. Grant and Humboldt Parks offer wide open green spaces to get lost in for hours. And The 606, a former rail line turned walking trail, is a unique option for a long, scenic walk.
Long, scenic walks are a must in Chicago, especially along the shore of Lake Michigan and the Chicago River – which you can see dyed green if you go close enough to St. Patrick’s Day. And if you want to get on the river, the city offers an architectural cruise where you can learn about the history of the most beautiful buildings in Chicago.
And the list must be finished with the plethora of museums and attractions. Discover hands-on activities at the Museum of Science and Industry, which was the site of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. Travel through time at the Field Museum. Check out stunning art at the Art Institute. Go down under at Shedd Aquarium. Or satisfy the reader or writer in your life with the American Writers Museum. An experience for everyone.
The next time you’re making your way through this city, take a look at these activities to do in Chicago.