X No Thanks

What to See When Visiting Chicago

by Dan Patterson on 06 July 2012, 10:07AM What to See When Visiting Chicago

After New York, I think Chicago is probably the most interesting and diverse city in the United States. Chicago’s heritage as a center of American progress and culture makes it a great place to visit no matter what you’re interested in—there’s a lot to keep history buffs, foodies, and aspiring artists alike plenty content. Here, you can find world-class theatre and museums, amazing architecture, public parks, shopping, and beaches (on Lake Michigan). For all its metropolitan appeal, however, Chicago has not lost its Midwestern friendliness. Locals are genuine and willing to help point visitors in the right direction.
Convinced that you need to holiday in the Windy City yet? Good. Here are a few of the sights you’ll want to take in on your trip:

Art Institute of Chicago
You can find a variety of museums of all kinds in Chicago, from the Field Museum of Natural History to the Museum of Science and Industry. An absolute must-see for every visitor, however, is the Art Institute of Chicago. This museum contains of one of the world’s greatest collections of art with over 54,000 works.
You can spend a lot of time at the Art Institute—the collection includes everything from famous paintings by European masters to Mesoamerican ceramics. Important works in the collection include Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks and Grant Wood’s American Gothic. The Art Institute is also famous for the incredible architecture of the building itself—itwas built in the Beaux-Arts style in the late 19th century, and its western entrance is guarded by two bronze lions.

Wrigley Field
Even if you’re not a Chicago Cubs fan, a visit to Wrigley Field can be a fun and memorable experience. You can take in the sights and sounds of America’s favorite pastime while enjoying one of America’s favorite foods: a Chicago-style hotdog.
If you go to Wrigley, be sure to take a picture in front of the iconic, art deco red main entry marquee. You should also be sure to notice its manually-operated scoreboard—Wrigley Field is one of the last to maintain this classic, hand-turned tradition.

Grant Park
Grant Park is Chicago’s most famous park and is nicknamed, “The City’s Front Yard.” The 319-acre park always has something going on—some of Chicago’s most famous festivals and celebrations take place here including Taste of Chicago and Lollapalooza.
The park is also home to Chicago’s most famous icon, the Cloud Gate sculpture, or “The Bean” which is located in the Millenium Park section of Grant Park.This sculpture is a shiny “blob” of metal situated on top of the Park Grill restaurant in the AT&T Plaza. Its shiny surface reflects the sky and city and has to be cleaned twice a day. Admission to both Grant and Millennium Park is free.

The Skydeck
Chicago is considered the birthplace of the skyscraper, and there are many amazingly tall buildings in the city. Chicago’s Willis Tower (known as the Sears Tower until 2009)is the tallest building in the United States and the seventh-tallest freestanding structure in the world:
If you want to experience a truly spectacular view from the top, you’re in luck—the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower features an attraction called Skydeck. Here you can learn more about the tower’s history and take a daring step out onto The Ledge—glass boxes with transparent floors that extend 4.3 feet out from the building over the streets below.

Navy Pier
Navy Pier is the most-visited attraction in Chicago, and for good reason. The 3300-foot long pier is situated on the shoreline of Lake Michigan and offers visitors a variety of fun things to do including promenades, parks, gardens, rides, shows, miniature golf, and tours. Take a ride on Windy, a tall ship that sails around the lake or try one of the dinner cruises to a fun dining experience. If the lake isn’t your thing, you’ll also find overland bike and Segway tours.

Chicago really is the perfect place for a mini-break or a nice long holiday, and this list only scratches the surface of what the city has to offer. What’s your favorite thing to do in the Windy City?

To save money on your trip to Chicago, look tio get a CityPASS, which will let you save 50% on admission to the top city attractions.

Three nights in a 3* Chicago hotel plus flights costs from £599 per person. Click here for information and to book.

For further information on what to see and do in Chicago click here.

Arabian Sights: A Guide to Abu Dhabi

Read More

The Road Less Travelled: A Holiday in Namibia

Read More

Carnival Time: A guide to Rio de Janeiro

Read More

The Best Road Trips in Victoria, Australia

Read More
Post of the month
by Tourism Australia More

Email sign up

Register to receive holiday offers, cheap flights deals, hotel offers and more.

Travelbag Travel/Leisure London

01 Jan 00:00 Read More
Travelbag's Twitter
Common Tags
24 Hours 3 days in 48 hours in 5 Reasons Abu Dhabi Activities Adventure Holiday Africa Alaska America Antigua Argentina asia Auckland Australasia Australia bahamas Bahrain Bali Bangkok Barbados Beach Holidays Beaches beer Bolivia Bora Bora Borneo Botswana Brazil California Cambodia Campervan Canada Cancun Cape Town Caribbean Central America Chicago Chile China City Breaks Colombo Colorado Cook Islands Costa Rica Cruise Holidays Cruises Cuba culture Dining Dominican Republic Dubai Ecuador Europe Family Holidays Festivals Fiji Florida food Food Trip Gold Coast Grenada Hanoi Hawaii hiking Ho Chi Minh City Hoi An holiday reading holidays Honeymoon Hong Kong India Indian Ocean Indian Ocean Luxury Holidays Indonesia Jamaica Japan Jordan Kenya Koh Samui Krabi kuala lumpur Langkawi Laos las vegas Latin America Literature los angeles Luxury Holidays Macau Malaysia Maldives Mauritius Melbourne Mexico Miami Middle East Montreal motorhome holidays music Myanmar Namibia Nature New England New York New Zealand North New Zealand Northen Territory Oman Oregon Orlando Penang Perth Perth Beaches Peru Phuket Qatar Quebec Queensland Queenstown Rail Travel Ras Al Khaimah Reading on holiday Road trip Safari San Francisco Scuba Diving Self-Drive Seychelles Shanghai Sightseeing Trip Singapore snorkelling South Africa South America South Australia South Carolina South New Zealand Southeast Asia Sri Lanka St Lucia Surfing Sydney Tahiti Tasmania Tennessee Texas Thailand Things To Do Tokyo Top 5 Things to Do Toronto tour trekking UAE United States USA USA Roadtrip Utah Vancouver Vietnam Vietnam Beaches Virginia Washington DC Western Australia whale watching Wildlife Wine Winter Sun
Please Wait...

We use cookies
Read more

Cookies: We use cookies to improve your experience on this website. By continuing to browse our website, you are agreeing to use our site cookies.
See our cookie policy for more information on cookies and how to manage them.

Would you like a call back from one of our experts? X
chat with our experts
0871 703 4698
Call us until today

Schedule a call back


Please Select a Date


Please Select a Time


Please supply your First Name


Please supply your Surname

Phone Number

Please Check the Number and Try Again


Please Select a Destination


Dear , our experts will call you on , on to chat about your trip. In the meantime, feel free to explore our site for inspiration