Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, the Magnificent Mile and State Street are known for their world-class shopping. The Shops at North Bridge, Water Tower Place, and Macy's on State Street are just a few of the iconic shopping destinations the city has to offer.
Head on over to the stunning Museum Campus, and take your pick of cultural curios. Check out the Shedd Aquarium to get up close and personal with over 32,000 creatures from aquatic habitats around the word including beluga whales, dolphins, jellyfish and many more. Also on the Museum Campus is the Field Museum where you can visit Sue, the largest and most complete T-Rex ever found. The world famous Museum of Science and Industry is the largest museum dedicated to science in the Western Hemisphere, and contains everything from a forty-foot tornado machine to a coal mile to a World War II German submarine.
Downtown Chicago’s #1 tourist attraction has been a landmark in the city for over a century. Visit attractions such as the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and the Chicago Children’s Museum, and the magnificent Centennial Wheel or enjoy the sights of the city from Lake Michigan on one of the many boat tours departing the pier.
There is no better place to start your Chicago adventures than Millennium Park. With 25 acres of awe-inspiring landscape, breathtaking architecture and an iconic collection of public art, Millennium Park is Chicago’s premier green space. Whether you want to take a selfie at “The Bean”, as the iconic Cloud Gate sculpture is fondly known to locals, or simply see how Chicago lives up to the nickname “The City in a Garden”, Millennium Park has something for everyone.
Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago is home to a host of world class museums that can please any critic. The world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago was voted the #1 museum in 2014 in the world by TripAdvisor, and is located just steps from Millennium Park. Navigate your way through over 300,000 works of art ranging from ancient etchings to modern marvels. Travel tip – be sure to get a photo with the iconic lions that stand guard over the front entrance to the museum.
Chicago is home to over two hundred theatre companies that offer a myriad of dramatic delights. From award-winning local theatre companies like The Goodman Theatre, The Steppenwolf Theatre, the Lookingglass Theatre Company and the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre on Navy Pier, to the best of Broadway with Broadway In Chicago, you are sure to find something that will move you.
If you want a truly timeless ballpark experience, head to the ivy-covered confines of Wrigley Field on the North Side to visit the curse-breaking Cubs, the 2016 World Series Champions. You can find the 2005 World Series Champions White Sox on the South Side at Guaranteed Rate Field.
In the fall, there is no better place to be than on the lakeshore at Soldier Field cheering on Da Bears. (or The Bears, as you might know them) Between the sweeping views of downtown Chicago, and the action on the field, Soldier Field offers everything that you need for the perfect day out.
The United Center plays double-duty hosting both the Chicago Bulls basketball team at the Chicago Blackhawks hockey team. The “Madhouse on Madison”, as it was dubbed by Hawks fans, is the place to be for excitement. The venue has also welcomed major music acts such as U2, Jay-Z, and Bruce Springsteen.