My kind of town…Chicago! Our hometown is such a great city to visit and explore. Between the sports teams, restaurants, museums, live theater, outdoor activities, and concerts there is enough for the whole family to see and do. We definitely suggest visiting in the summer, though. It gets cold here!

Here are 10 things to do in Chicago, Illinois:

  • Wrigley Field: Built in 1914, Wrigley Field is the second oldest ballpark in the United States. It is known as the Friendly Confines and home to our favorite baseball team, the Chicago Cubs. Definitely try to catch a game while you’re here!
  • Sears Tower: Yes, technically it is now called the Willis Tower, but it will always be the Sears Tower to us. This is where you can experience Skydeck Chicago, which offers spectacular views of the city and a walk out on a glass floor balcony on the 103rd floor of the building.
  • Millennium Park: This is where you can take a selfie at The Bean (officially known as Cloud Gate). There is also an outdoor concert pavilion, restaurant, lots of walking paths, gardens and more. You are right next to Lake Michigan and will see beautiful views of the skyline. 
  • Lincoln Park Zoo: This is one of the only free zoos in the United States. It offers 35 acres of up-close animal viewings, education and conservation. It’s also very easy to get to via public transportation.
  • Museum Campus: Chicago’s Museum Campus is where you can find three of Chicago’s world famous museums; Shedd Aquarium, The Field Museum, and Adler Planetarium. If you’re pressed for time, we definitely recommend The Field Museum.
  • Navy Pier: This is a great place to spend the day with the whole family. There are plenty of things for everyone to do, like the Chicago Children’s Museum, the Centennial Wheel, lunch and dinner cruises, shopping, bars, and restaurants. This is also where you can find the Chicago Shakespeare Museum.
  • Chicago Architecture River Tour: If you are looking for an interesting tour to do, we definitely recommend the Wendella Chicago Architecture River Tour. This is a really neat way to see the city from another perspective and learn about Chicago’s history and architectural styles.
  • Grant Park: This 319 acre public park is a great place to take a stroll and see some famous Chicago sites like Buckingham Fountain, Millennium Park, Maggie Daley Park, the Art Institute of Chicago, and Museum Campus.
  • Broadway in Chicago: Chicago is home to some great live theater, including Broadway shows that you can experience right downtown. Chicago is home to more than 200 theaters, so we are sure you will find a great show no matter what you like!
  • Food Tour: We have good food here. You can do your own self-guided Chicago food tour or take an official one where you get to sample all the diverse options we have here. Our favorites include: Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria, Portillo’s, Superdawg, and Greektown.

[Read next: Our guide to a weekend getaway in Chicago]

Those are just a few of the many things to do in Chicago! It’s a great place for a long weekend trip. Besides the downtown area, there’s so many great neighborhoods and communities to check out. We love Chicago!

Have you been to the Windy City? What are your favorite things to do? 

The Traveling Gals




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