Chicago is without a doubt one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States. The Windy City is full of beautiful parks and the best museums in the world that will undoubtedly give you as well your family and friends a great time. With so many things to do and places to visit, it’s easy to get confused about where to go first and how to get there. The answer is to take a Chicago sightseeing tour to the most popular tourist attractions. So, to start, here are the top 15 places to visit while in Chicago.
1. Millennium Park
The Millennium Park is a public park located in the Loop community area of Chicago, Illinois and is one of the city’s most popular attractions. The park was established in 2004 and is one of the biggest free attractions of the city. Admission to the Millennium Park is free and it is open daily from 6AM to 11PM.
2. Art Institute of Chicago
The Art Institute of Chicago houses more than 300,000 artworks from a variety of media including painting, sculpture, textiles, photography and more. The Institute is well-known for housing a collection of impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings by artists like Georges Seurat and Claude Monet.
3. Navy Pier
The Navy Pier is made up of acres of gardens, attractions, shops, and parks. It is also the home of the Centennial Wheel, a 200-foot Ferris wheel which offers visitors a breathtaking view of Chicago and Lake Michigan. Aside from that, you can also watch a film at the 3D IMAX Theater, watch a play at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater or take a stroll through the Crystal Gardens. You will always have something to do at the Navy Pier!
4. Lincoln Park Zoo
Lincoln Park is Chicago’s biggest park and is the home of the attractions like the Lincoln Park Conservatory and the Lincoln Park Zoo. The zoo was founded in 1868 and is one of the oldest zoos in North America and one of the few free admission zoos in the country. The Lincoln Park Zoo is the home of over a thousand of animals from approximately 200 species.
5. Chicago History Museum
While you’re in the Lincoln Park, make sure the visit the Chicago History Museum as well. In there, you can take a journey to the city’s (as well as the country’s) proud history through the exhibitions from the museums own collection.
6. Buckingham Fountain
The Buckingham Fountain is located at the heart of Grand Park and is considered to be one of Chicago’s most notable landmarks. It was built in 1927 as a donation from Kate Sturges Buckingham in memory of her brother, Clarence Buckingham. The fountain operates in mid-April through mid-October from 8 AM to 11 PM with water shows occurring every hour lasting 20 minutes.
7. 360 Chicago
360 Chicago is an observation deck or platform located 1000 feet above the Magnificent Mile in the John Hancock Building and offers a 360 view of the whole city. If you are an adventurer then you would definitely love the deck’s “Tilt” which dares visitors to lean over the side of the building and look straight down from the glass enclosure.
8. Wrigley Field
Wrigley Field was built in 1924 and is the second-oldest Major League Baseball Park in the United States. Over the years, it has hosted a number of legendary moments in baseball history. For sports fans, a visit to Wrigley Field is a must.
9. Shedd Aquarium
The Shedd Aquarium is a public aquarium which opened on May 30, 1930, and is now the home of over 30,000 animals from more than 1,500 species including amphibians, fish, marine mammals, birds, snakes and many more. It is one of the attractions of the Museum Campus Chicago along with the Adler Planetarium and the Field Museum of Natural History.
10. Field Museum of Natural History
The Field Museum of Natural History is one of the largest natural history museums in the world. Permanent exhibitions include Animal Halls which features animal exhibitions and dioramas such as the Nature Walk which allows visitors a close look at the habitats that animals inhabit; the Evolving Planet which follows the evolution of Earth over 4 billion years and Inside Ancient Egypt which gives us a glimpse into the life of ancient Egyptians.
11. Adler Planetarium
Are you a fan of astronomy and astrophysics? Then the Adler Planetarium is a great place to check out. It was founded in 1930 by Max Adler and is located at the outermost tip of the Museum Campus. There you can watch shows in the Grainger Sky Theater which uses multiple projectors to screen films on a 70-foot-diameter dome. You can also go experience their exhibits such as their popular “Mission Moon” and the “What is a planet?” exhibitions.
12. Willis Tower Skydeck
The Willis Tower, or more commonly known as the Sears Tower, is a 1,450-foot skyscraper which offers a breathtaking view of all of Chicago. The Skydeck is open all year round, including the holidays!
13. Museum of Science and Industry
The Museum of Science and Industry has over 2,000 exhibits displayed in 75 major halls and is considered to be the first in the United States to encourage their visitors to interact with their exhibits. It is open every day except in Thanksgiving and Christmas.
14. Chicago Riverwalk
The Riverwalk provides a path along the Chicago River and is lined with restaurants and bars. There are also several options for river tours and cruises there.
15. Garfield Park Conservatory
The Chicago Garfield Park Conservatory is one of the largest botanical conservatories in the country. Presently, it houses over 600 species of plants most of which are indigenous to the region.
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The company can organize an exclusive Chicago sightseeing tour to all these sights and many others to a group of 20 and more people. However, please note that we don’t sell tickets and just provide a coach bus with a driver with or without a guide.
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