Things to do in

Chicago

The Mecca of the Midwest is famous for its architectural beauty, vibrant culture, and colorful past.

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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

    1. 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

    2. 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

    3. 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

    4. 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.

  • Chicago Picasso Statue

    5. 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.

  • 6. 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

    7. 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.

  • Chicago Children's Museum

    8. 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.

  • 9. 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

    10. 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.

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Planning Your 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

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 9,556 reviews

Absolutely fantastic boat excursion on the Chicago River! Very nice boat with a great crew eager to please! Bar service was excellent and the narration of the buildings and surrounding area was so informative. The guide also added local historical facts to the narration which was a great added bonus. I would highly recommend this cruise and this company for your Chicago River experience!

The guide was very informative! The boat was very spacious and clean! My friend and I were able to take food and drinks (not alcohol). It was beautiful! We went around 6 and we caught the sunset! Although, if you are going after 6, I strongly advise taking a thick warm jacket and boots bc it will be FREEZING cold to tourists who are not used to cold weather

Dudnt have to wait in the ticket line. Only thing, they had to print our tickets again but it was done in 5 mins.

Amazing tour talks about every single thing about every building you pass and all the details.

The tour was easy to access from the pier and we had a great host!