5 Windy City Wonders

Chicago is one of the biggest cities in the United States. The people are friendly, the activities are plentiful, and the atmosphere is upbeat. If you’re on your way to the Windy City, here are five wonders you won’t want to miss.

The Art Institute of Chicago

Art Institute of Chicago flickr image by emr

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There are several museums in the Windy City, but the Art Institute of Chicago stands out as one of the best. You’ll be taken to a different world even before entering this museum thanks to the classical renaissance architecture. It even has two bronze lions that stand guard on the outside. Inside is one of the world’s greatest art collections, with paintings dating back hundreds of years. The museums spans four floors and is always packed with people. Other good museums in Chicago include the Field Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry, and the Richard H. Driehaus Museum.

Navy Pier

Navy Pier lies on over 50 acres of lakefront property in Chicago. The area offers shopping, parks, restaurants, museums, and lots of other attractions, such as the 150-foot Ferris wheel.

Millions of people visit each year and it’s one of Chicago’s top attractions because of everything there is to do within walking distance. The famous Chicago Shakespeare Theater is also located in Navy Pier and they offer year-round performances for your enjoyment.

Millennium Park

Located in the center of town, Millennium Park is close to everything, including the Art Institute of Chicago and the Palmer House Chicago. It’s also built on the lakefront and near the commuter train. Millennium Park is home to two must-see landmarks when you go to Chicago — the Bean and the Crown Fountain. The Bean sculpture was crafted by Anish Kapoor and the Crown Fountain was made by Jaume Plensa. Other great parks in Chicago include Lincoln Park and Grant Park.

Wrigley Field

Wrigley Field flickr image by zoonabar

Image via Flickr by zoonabar

Wrigley Field is one of the most exciting places to see a professional baseball games thanks to the atmosphere. It’s one of America’s oldest ballparks, which means it gives people feelings of nostalgia, especially during the seventh inning stretch. Wrigley Field is home to the Chicago Cubs, but you can also cross town to see their rivals, the White Sox.

Skyscrapers

scyscrapers flickr image by Wilhelm Joys Anderson

Image via Flickr by Wilhelm Joys Anderson

Chicago is known for its skyscrapers. You can wait in line to tour the Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower), or visit one of the many other buildings in the area. Skydeck Chicago is the tallest building in the United States and it offers awesome views of Chicago from the 103rd floor. There is a glass-enclosed balcony for people who are brave enough to go take a look. The John Hancock Observatory is another famous skyscraper in the Windy City. It has 94 floors and some of the fastest elevators you’ll ever ride.

Chicago is a great place to take a vacation because of the fun atmosphere. Have you experienced it? What did we miss from this list of amazing things to do in Chicago?

 

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