Chicago, known worldwide as the windy city, is home to ample attractions to keep tourists occupied. Located by Lake Michigan, it is famous for its bold skyline comprising incredible architecture. If you would like to visit Chicago but don’t know yet what to do when you get there or where to stay, then you can use the guide below for some travel inspiration.

Millennium Park

Millennium Park boasts 24.5 acres that are crying out to be explored by lovers of the great outdoors. The Lurie Garden boasts a stunning year-round flower display, which makes this park an ideal place for a romantic walk with your family or loved one. You can also visit Anish Kapoor’s impressive 110-ton Cloud Gate sculpture – which has the charming nickname “The Bean” – after strolling past the Frank Gehry’s Pritzker Pavilion or the Serpentine Bridge. Millennium Park is situated on 201 E. Randolph Street and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Art Institute of Chicago

The impressive Art Institute of Chicago displays a staggering 300,000 artworks and artifacts from all over the world on its spacious premises. From the Thorne Miniature Rooms to ancient Japanese prints, this institute has it all, including a beautiful view of Millennium Park. The Art Institute is located at 111 S Michigan Avenue and is open daily from 10.30 a.m to 8 p.m.

Adler Planetarium

Astronomy enthusiasts will never want to leave this incredible planetarium. Not only is it staffed by world-class researchers who are on hand to answer all of your space-based questions, but you can also enjoy a virtual-reality trip through time and space in the on-site Sky Theatre, where you can learn about the enormity of the universe and how we as humans fit into this endless space.

360 Chicago

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The 360 Chicago was formerly known as the John Hancock Observatory. This vertigo-inducing building lets you enjoy incredible views from 1,000 feet up on the 94th floor. When the weather is good, you can see up to 55 miles out into four different American states. The on-site restaurant offers delicious food and drinks, but the main attraction in this huge skyscraper is probably the platform that extends from the building at a 30-degree angle. It is definitely not for the faint hearted though. The 360 Chicago is at 875 N. Michigan Avenue, between Delaware Place and Chestnut Street, just a couple of blocks from Lake Michigan.

North Avenue Beach

Beaches are not really the first thing that spring to mind when you think of Chicago, but being located on Lake Michigan, Chicago has some lovely beaches to offer. One of the most popular is perhaps North Avenue Beach, which features volleyball courts, kayak and jet ski rentals, a beach house in the form of an ocean liner, snack shops, and bike rentals. To get there, head towards North Avenue and Lake Shore Drive and you can’t miss it.

So, if you ever find yourself in desperate need of a holiday, then why not book your flight and explore the buzzing metropolis of Chicago? 


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3 Thoughts on “Five things to do in Chicago

  1. Thanks for the recommendations! We are thinking about having a road trip in the Midwest this coming July, and will maybe spend a couple of days in Chicago. Now we know what to do there 🙂
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  2. Thanks for sharing these great recommendations. We are going to Chicago in our next holidays. I would come back with feedback
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