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Top 10 things to do 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."

Wrigley Building

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.

Michigan Avenue

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.

The Magnificent Mile

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.

The Loop

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.

Photo: Howard Lifshitz@flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Chicago Picasso Statue

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.

Chicago Pedway

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.

Chicago Cultural Center

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.

Photo: Brandon O'Connor@flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Chicago Children's Museum

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.

Chicago History Museum

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.

Science and Industry Museum

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.

Planning your Chicago visit

Chicago Children's Museum tickets and hours

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

Chicago History Museum tickets and hours

Admission: $14 with two audio tours. Kids 12 and under are free. Opening hours: daily from 9:30AM-4:30PM Location: Lincoln Park

Science and Industry Museum

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

When should I go?

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.

Good to Know

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    USD ($)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-06:00)
  • Country Code
    +1
  • Best time to visit
    Early summer and early fall tend to have pleasant temperatures, fewer crowds, and a great selection of events on offer.

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What people are saying about Chicago

Brilliant views, recommend fast track tickets

Very good, we went up at dusk and had excellent views, very busy at the top but to be expected, glad we had fast track tickets, otherwise it could have taken 2 hours, we got through in about 20 mins. Well worth buying the fast track tickets.
Skip the Line: Chicago Skydeck Experience Ticket Reviewed by Diane, 12/29/2015

I did 7 great attractions in just 2 days!

Really cool card. I did 7 great attractions in just 2 days. A lot of things were closed in winter like the Ferris Wheel and boat tours (I went in December), otherwise I probably would have wanted a 3-day or 5-day pass.
Go Chicago Card: All-Inclusive Attraction Pass Reviewed by Carrie, 12/16/2015

Staff, food and entertainment weee great!

Despite choppy water which limited how far out we could go, the 2-hour lunch cruise was perfect. Very professional and attentive staff, veeyvgood food, and a fun dj...a fantastic way to spend a couple hours when in Chicago.6
Chicago: 2-Hour Lunch Cruise on Lake Michigan Reviewed by gary, 10/12/2015

A great overview of an exciting part of an amazing city.

We appreciated the chance to get out and walk through Lincoln Park. The tour guide was a real character with a great Chicago accent.

Ideal tour of Chicago with easy exercise, and great food and guide.

I thought it was the best way to see Chicago and many of its beautiful neighborhoods. The food was indulgent, and all the iconic items you wish to taste from the city. Our guide, Tim, was welcoming and very knowledgeable with lots of information to learn about the city. The ride was so much fun, and easy exercise for anyone that is reasonably in shape. I was sad when it was over because I could have ridden all day seeing the city!
Bikes, Bites & Brews: Chicago Biking Tour Reviewed by Kristen, 08/12/2015

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