Chicago, one of the best cities in the world, is full of fun activities, great food, beautiful parks, and a dazzling lakefront to keep you busy during your stay. Check out www.choosechicago.com for more details. Here are a few of our favorite Chicago destinations:
Wander through the gardens, take in a concert, see the famous Cloud Gate sculpture (a.k.a. “The Bean”), or enjoy a good meal. A city park like no other. Easily accessible from the zoo via the #151 bus.
Many famous comedians, including SNL alums Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Chris Farley to name a few, got their start right here in Chicago and the city is known for its many comedy clubs. Within a mile of the zoo are two renowned clubs, Second City and Zanies, and countless others throughout the city. Check out a show during your visit!
Ride the 150-foot Ferris wheel for an unparalleled view of the skyline and lakefront. IMAX theater, restaurants, Chicago Children’s Museum. Segway and boat tours depart from here.
Among The Field Museum's 20 million specimens is Sue, the largest and most complete T. rex ever found. The Field offers various guided explorations from 30-45-minute tours of favorite exhibits to the full-day Behind-the-Scenes Tour of permanent collections, special exhibits, storerooms, libraries, and working laboratories.
The Adler Planetarium is the world's only museum with three full-size planetarium theaters, as well as daily programs and exhibitions.
Get up close with 22,000 aquatic species at the Shedd Aquarium. A typical visit to Shedd will allow group members to enjoy the recently renovated Oceanarium and thrilling aquatic show, as well as Stingray Touch, an interactive stingray exhibit.
See amazing views of the city and beyond from an enclosed ledge that extends 4 feet beyond the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower, the tallest building in the Western hemisphere.
Learn about Chicago’s rich history and amazing architecture from docents of the Chicago Architecture Foundation via boat on the Chicago River.
If you’ve never seen Lake Michigan, you will be amazed at how beautiful and expansive it is. Walk, run, or bike along Chicago’s lakefront trail which runs 18 miles along protected beaches. Easily accessible from the zoo by crossing over Lake Shore Drive on the pedestrian bridge at the end of the zoo’s parking lot. Rent a Divvy bike (stations located throughout the city, including one at Fullerton and the Lake) and explore! Bring your binoculars and head to the many great birding spots along the trail, including Montrose Beach, the Magic Hedge, and Jarvis Bird sanctuary.
See this Bird Trail Guide for more details.
If you are interested in seeing several of these attractions, a CityPass might be a cost-efficient option.