7 Things You Should See and do in Chicago ...

If you're planning to visit the windy city, here are guest contributor Emily Green's tips on must-see places and must-do things in beautiful Chicago!

Chicago is called the Windy City for more than just the gusty temperament associated with its weather; the lively, vibrant city will actually blow you away with all the fun and excitement it offers its many guests and tourists. Whether you head out to Wrigley Field or have an authentic Ferris Bueller experience, your first visit to Chicago is just the beginning. Cheer on the Bears, have a down-home deep dish pizza, take in the museums, and enjoy the experience like a tourist with native aspirations.

1. Make a Day of the Museums

Chicago is home to a wealth of museums, so much so that they have their own campus, technically speaking. Unless you're a hardcore fan of a particular movement, genre, or subject, it's all but impossible to choose just one. Your best bet is to make a day of your museum visits, or you could take two days out of your visit. That's a smart move simply because the Windy City has more museums than you might imagine. For instance, you're no doubt aware of the Art Institute and the Museum of Contemporary Art, but maybe you're looking for something special.

In that case, think about heading to the National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum, the only museum of its kind in the United States. It doesn't focus on the war itself, although you will learn a lot about both Vietnam and the Iraq War. What you'll see, however, are pieces created by veterans. There are metal driven sculptures, moving photographs, and paintings that grab both your heart and your mind.