Chicago is the third largest city in the United States and a few days here definitely won’t be enough to see everything. There are a few must-see’s though, so here are my top 5 things to do in Chicago:
The Magnificent Mile is the main street in downtown Chicago. Here you’ll find almost every store you can think of, ranging from Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s and Nordstrom to Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Tiffany & Co. There are also plenty of chain stores like Forever 21, and H&M, along with a plethora of restaurants for a delicious lunch. Don’t forget to stop by Ghiradelli Chocolate Company for a sweet treat when 3pm hits. Grab your walking shoes, because the Magnificent Mile is eight blocks long and you’ll be dodging hawkers and pedestrians.
From museums to theatres, Chicago really has it all. Stand outs include the Art Institute of Chicago which houses over 300,000 works of art, and The Chicago History Museum which has a collection of over 22 million items. No trip to Chicago is complete without a visit to “The Bean”, officially known as Cloud Gate and reputably inspired by liquid mercury, the reflections of the skyline make for interesting photos.
The Museum of Science and Industry is great for kids, and theatre fans should head to the Chicago Theatre which has performances every day.
Yes it is “touristy”, but the incredible view from the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower are well worth the admission fee. Formerly known as Sears Tower, make sure you bring a camera, gather up your courage and stand on the ledges.
The John Hancock Centre is the 4th tallest building in Chicago and has an observation deck on the 94th floor, but I recommend grabbing a drink on the 65th floor where you can relax and enjoy the view without getting jostled by tourists. Hot tip for the ladies: make sure you visit the bathroom where you’ll have a pretty amazing view of the city.
Wrigleyville revolves around Wrigley Field- home to the Chicago Cubs, and if you get the chance to see a game of baseball you should take it. Enjoy the hotdogs and beer, and try not to laugh at the trash talk going on around you.
Wrigley Field is surrounded by restaurants and bars, so after the game grab something to eat and go bar-hopping along Clark Street. Stop by Murphy’s Bleachers-one of Chicago’s best Irish pubs, before joining the younger crowd at John Barleycorn’s.
Navy Pier is 1010m long and located in Streeterville. While you may have to play dodge-the-tourist, the pier is still well worth a visit. Fireworks go off every Wednesday and Saturday, and Navy Pier is great for families, with a children’s museum, mini golf, funhouse, and IMAX theatre all in the vicinity. Don’t forget to take a ride on the ferris wheel which is 45m high and has a great view over the pier.
About the Author:
Stacey Kuyf has been traveling and working around the world since October 2010. She’s an adrenalin junkie and chocoholic, currently backpacking through Southeast Asia and blogging about her experiences at onetravelsfar. You can also follow her on Facebook and Twitter.