Navy Pier: Navy Pier Instagram

Navy Pier: Navy Pier Instagram

Navy Pier

Chicago's most popular tourist attraction, Navy Pier was built in 1916 as a multi-use public space.  Today, it's home of shops, restaurants, theaters, performance spaces and more.  More info >

Millenium Park

A nearly 25 acre park in the heart of downtown Chicago, Millenium Park features a variety of public art installations and hosts a wide range of events... many of them are free.  More info >

Willis Tower Skydekc: TheSkyDeck.com

Willis Tower Skydekc: TheSkyDeck.com

Willis Tower Skydeck

Originally named The Sears Tower, the Willis Tower's skydeck is a popular tourist attraction for it's breath-taking views of the city.  Take the elevator up 103 floors and stand on one of the glass-bottom ledges for a thrilling experience!  More info >

Magnificent Mile

The Magnificent Mile, often referred to as the Mag Mile, is Chicago's upscale retail district.  A popular attraction for shoppers, the Magnificent Mile is home to many of the country's tallest skyscrapers, including Trump Tower, and the John Hancock Center.  More info >

Shedd Aquarium

Shedd Aquarium: sheddaquarium.org

Shedd Aquarium: sheddaquarium.org

Home to over 32,000 aquatic animals, the Shedd Aquarium opened in 1930 and remains one of the city's top tourist attractions.  More info >

North Avenue Beach

Chicago is home to 24 beaches, North Avenue Beach being one of the more popular ones.  Explore the Lake Front Trail (by foot, or bike) and you'll find a slew of beach-goers relaxing, playing volley ball, swimming, exercising and more.  More info >

Grant Park: chicagoparkdistrict.com

Grant Park: chicagoparkdistrict.com

Grant Park

Often referred to as "Chicago's front yard", Grant Park is situated downtown and is home to many notable sites including the Art Institute, Museum Campus, Buckingham Fountain and Millennium Park.  More info >

Lincoln Park Zoo

Bordering Lake Michigan, the Lincoln Park Zoo is situated on the north side.  One of only a few free-admission zoos in the country, it is home to a wide variety of animals.  More info >

Wrigley Field: Chicago.Cubs.MLB.Com

Wrigley Field: Chicago.Cubs.MLB.Com

Wrigley Field

Home to the Chicago Cubs and one of the only remaining hand-turned scoreboards, Wrigley Field is the second oldest active major league ball park.  The area around the ball park, known as Wrigleyville, contains several bars, restaurants, and other establishments.  More info >

Chicago River Walk

Scheduled to compete in 2016, the river walk provides stunning canyon-like views of the city's architecture and the Chicago river.  Parts of the river walk are open today.  More info >

Museum Of Science and Industry

This unique, hands-on museum is the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere.  The museum features a full-size replica of a coal mine, the Apollo 8 spacecraft, and many mind-blowing exhibits.  More info >

Art Institute: Wikipedia.com

Art Institute: Wikipedia.com

The Art Institute

Voted the number one museum in the world by TripAdvisor.com in 2014, the Art Institute hosts more than 300,000 pieces of artwork and draws over 1 million people through it's doors each year.  More info >

The Field Museum of Natural History

Founded in 1893, The Field Museum is one of the largest natural history museums in the world.  It's home to a diverse range of exhibitions and attracts up to 2 million visitors annually.  More info >

Adler Planetarium

The first modern planetarium in the Western Hemisphere, the Adler Planetarium opened in 1930.  It contains three full size theaters and many elaborate space and science exhibitions.  Adler After Dark, a popular 21+ event, was recently voted "Best After Hours Event" by the Chicago Reader.  More info >

Chinatown

ChinaTown: city-data.com

ChinaTown: city-data.com

Considered one of the largest and most vibrant ethnic communities in North America, this 30-block area is home to over 10,000 residents and 400 businesses.  Popular sights include Nine Dragon Wall and Ping Tom Memorial Park.  More info >

Botanical Gardens

With 26 gardens, four natural areas, and six miles of lake shoreline, the Chicago Botanic Gardens are a popular attraction for nature lovers.  More info >

The Water Tower Place

This large mixed-use building contains a massive shopping mall and a 74-story skyscraper.  Located on Michigan Avenue, along the Magnificent Mile, it is named after the adjacent Chicago Water Tower.  The Water Tower Place is a popular spot for upscale shopping.  More info >

John Hancock Center

Famous for it's 360 degree views of the city and the beautiful Lake Michigan, the John Hancock Center is at it's core an office and residential building.  Take the elevator up to the 95th floor for free and enjoy a drink and a snack in the Signature Room, or visit the observation area on the 94th floor and enjoy the thrilling "Tilt" experience.  More info >

Chicago Architecture Tour: wendellaboats.com

Chicago Architecture Tour: wendellaboats.com

Chicago Architecture Tour

Chicago is famous for it's architecture and skyscrapers and one of the best views of the city is from the Chicago River. There are several companies who offer architecture tours via boat.  Some tours even take you out along the lake shore.  More info >