Top Tours & Activities in Chicago
Chicago has it all and enjoys spoiling its visitors and locals alike with a wealth of culture, shopping, dining and entertainment possibilities. As Frank Sinatra sang so many times about this world-class city, "it's one town that won't let you down."
Built in the 1920s, the two towers of this iconic landmark on Michigan Avenue once housed the headquarters for chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr.
The Chicago Water Tower on North Michigan Ave. was one of the few structures to have survived the Chicago Fire of 1871. Today, it's a gallery for local artists and photographers.
13-blocks of North Michigan Avenue comprise The Magnificent Mile. It offers retail therapy, a bevy of restaurants with international cuisine and examples of historical buildings.
It's the district that mixes business with pleasure amid soaring downtown highrises. Take a seat at one of many eateries, stroll along the river or enjoy the nighlife revelry.
Controversy surrounded the unveiling of this 50-foot statue in downtown's Daley Plaza in 1967. Some regarded Picasso's Cubist artwork to that of a baboon or a giant insect.
When the weather and traffic are bad, thousands of locals take advantage of this system of underground corridors and overhead bridges in a 40-block radius in downtown.
First opened as The Chicago Public Library and Civil War memorial in 1897, the building is famous for its stained-glass domes. Cultural events take place regularly and for free.
Dig for dinosaur bones, learn how the city's tallest structures stand, and manipulate the power of water. Parents and kids will give this hands-on museum an A+ by the day's end.
From the original days as a fur trading center to what daily life is like today, visitors will learn all there is to know at the "Chicago: Crossroads of America" exhibition.
The largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere is the ideal environment for an immersion in science. The Omnimax Theater also shows fantastic films throughout the year.
Admission: $14 Opening hours: Monday-Wednesday from 10:00AM-5:00PM; Thursdays from 10:00AM-8:00PM; Fridays from 10:00AM-6:00PM; Weekends from 10:00AM-7:00PM. Thursdays from 5:00PM-8:00PM is Family Night and free. Location: Navy Pier
Admission: $14 with two audio tours. Kids 12 and under are free. Opening hours: daily from 9:30AM-4:30PM Location: Lincoln Park
Admission: $18 (adults), $11 (kids 3-11). Three different ticket packages are also available for $27, $32, and $36. Depending on the selected package, visitors may choose up to three extra museum features, such as the Omnimax Theater, which are not included in the general admission price.
Opening hours: daily from 9:30AM-5:30PM Location: 5700 Lake Shore Drive
April through May and September through October are great months to visit. The weather is nice, prices are reasonable, and there are plenty of festivals to enjoy. Plus, the crowds are less than in the peak summer season.
- CurrencyUSD ($)
- Time ZoneUTC (-06:00)
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- Best time to visitEarly summer and early fall tend to have pleasant temperatures, fewer crowds, and a great selection of events on offer.
Things to Do in Chicago
Top Attractions in Chicago
- 1Willis Tower
- 2Chicago History Museum
- 3Chicago River
- 4Lake Michigan
- 5Wrigley Building
- 6Tribune Tower
- 7Lincoln Park
- 8Navy Pier
- 9The Magnificent Mile
- 10Block 37
- 11Chicago Cultural Center
- 12360 Chicago
- 13Adler Planetarium
- 14Art Institute of Chicago
- 15Wrigley Field
- 16Millennium Park
- 17Holy Name Cathedral
- 18Chicago Loop
- 19Field Museum of Natural History
- 20Michigan Avenue
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What People Are Saying About Chicago
It is a really interested tour, I learned many amazing things of Chicago History and I enjoyed the rich architecture of the City. It was fun. Paul the tour guide was very knowledged and such a Kind person. I definetly will take another tour with this company when I come back to Chicago.
Our guide Alex was amazing - very knowledgeable, humorous and attentive. The pace of this tour was perfect. We never felt rushed and saw everything with plenty of time to ask questions. There was a diverse use of media (on our iPads) as well as famous peoples quotes that Alex selected to share with us. The city has a wonderfully interesting history with outstanding architecture and there is no better way to experience it than with this group. Enjoy!
Loved the card, well worth the money, it saved us a lot of money as we shopped at Macey's and enjoyed the 15% discount. Totally recommend.
We had so much fun exploring Chicago through this scavenger hunt. It lets you explore the city and see places you may not normally see.
Well worth the time. Informative and helpful - even for someone who has been to Chicago before. Learned a lot about the city, the structures and the history of the area. Thanks!