From arts to entertainment, deep dish to live blues, and museums to aquariums, Chicago has something for everyone. Planning an upcoming trip to the Windy City? Here are some of our favorite activities that you won’t want to miss.
Shedd Aquarium: A Chicago institution for 75 years, the Shedd Aquarium constantly has new species and exhibits to entertain visitors of all ages. Some audience favorites are the Amazonian piranhas, the Caribbean moray eels, the baby river otter, and the century-old Australian lungfish believed to be the longest-living fish in any aquarium in the world.
Navy Pier: With shops, restaurants, an IMAX, and plenty of boat tours ready to show you the architecture of Chicago, Navy Pier is a hub with plenty of things to do. Take a ride on the iconic Ferris Wheel or enjoy any of the other carnival-like attractions, such as the old-fashioned swing ride or the 19-hole mini golf course.
Museum of Science and Industry: This museum’s strength is its high volume of interactive exhibits that cover a wide variety of topics. Popular permanent displays include “You! The Experience,” a health-focused new display, and the restored U-505 German submarine that visitors can actually walk through.
Green Mill: The Green Mill used to be the hangout for gangsters like Al Capone, but today it’s known for having the best jazz music in the city. Get there early to get a good seat.
Maggie Daley Park: The latest addition to the Chicago lakefront, the Maggie Daley Park features many unique features designed to delight visitors. Park goers can choose to hop on the ice-skating ribbon, climb a sculpture, or simply picnic in the many acres of green lawn. Maggie Daley Park is the perfect place to enjoy the feeling of the great outdoors in a big city.
Chicago may be the Second City, but the attractions it has to offer its visitors are second to none. Plan your trip to Chicago today- and make sure to save some room for deep dish pizza.