Tourist attractions in Chicago can claim masses of visitors every day. The Windy City is one of America’s greatest places. It’s a city packed with history, heritage and culture and there are certainly plenty of tourist attractions in Chicago to keep visitors occupied for more than a week. Head to the hub of the mid-west and have the time of your life on the shores of Lake Michigan, in the vibrant modern downtown or the character-full streets of its districts. Here are 7 Great Tourist Attractions in Chicago:
1. The Field Museum
Easily one of the best places to go in Chicago, visitors should not pass up a trip to the Field Museum. The fabulous exhibits take you through 4 billion years of the history of life on Earth. View the journey of precious stones in the Grainger Hall of Gems or examine fossils in the massive collection. Of course, you have to drop in on Sue. Head to the Stanley Field Hall and witness the world’s most complete, best preserved and largest Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton.
2. Navy Pier
The 50 acres of prime lakefront land occupied by Navy Pier are filled with some of the unmissable tourist attractions in Chicago. Dominated by the Ferris wheel which operated all year round (weather permitting), the pier area is packed with museums, entertainment venues, restaurants, parks, gardens and shops. During the summer months there’s a twice-weekly firework display.
3. Adler Planetarium
Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, the Adler Planetarium brings the heavens so close you can touch the stars. Any budding astronaut will love being able to sit in the life-sized model of a Mars Rover and any would be Starfleet captain can dream far off where no man has gone before, in front of the Galaxy Wall.
4. Millennium Park
Millennium Park is one the newer tourist attractions in Chicago but its youth is no disadvantage. Gorgeous gardens for walking, biking, boarding or blading and a massive sculpture for the bean are permanent fixtures whilst the Jay Pritzker Pavilion plays host to hundreds of free performances throughout the year.
5. Museum of Science and Industry
When you know that the MSI is the Western Hemisphere’s largest science center, it’s easy to see why it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Chicago. MSI was the first US museum to offer interactive visits and be more than just a spectator. The exhibits and interactive options aren’t just of great appeal to kids. If you want to find out how the human body works, how to open a drawbridge or how to improve your basketball game through virtual instruction, get on down to the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry.
6. John Hancock Observatory
If there is one fabulous way to view the delights of Chicago it is from the open-air Skywalk at the John Hancock Building. It does seem they like to do things bigger, faster and longer in Chicago. You travel 1,000 feet in 40 seconds in the fastest elevators in North America to the 94th floor observatory. Once there you can have fun spotting all the famous spots in the city and also learn about Chicago’s history as displayed on an 80 foot wall. You just need to decide whether you want to see Chicago by day or lit up at night. It’s a fabulous sight so it’s no wonder it’s a favorite Chicago tourist attraction any time of day.
7. The Magnificent Mile
Saving the best until last, Chicago’s standing as one of the world’s greatest cities is underlined by the Magnificent Mile. Starting at the Chicago River on Michigan Avenue and running for one mile to Oak Street, the architecture, retail outlets, dining establishments, business buildings and even beaches are fabulous. So many of the top tourist attractions in Chicago are in this district so don’t be surprised if this is where you spend most of your stay visiting, eating and shopping.
These are just 7 Great Tourist Attractions in Chicago – a number that barely does the city justice. Frank Sinatra told us that Chicago was «My Kind of Town» – I move to say that Chicago is EVERYONE’s kind of town.
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