There’s no place like Chicago! The Windy City is known for more than just the weather. Chicago is also known for the number of skyscrapers it has, which is why it is also known as the city of big shoulders. The museums and theaters in Chicago are some of the greatest in the world. While there are hundreds of interesting places to visit in Chicago, below is a list of the must-see attractions for any first-time visitor to this exciting city.
Built in 1916, the Navy Pier was restored in the early 1990′s to be a festive gathering place on Lake Michigan. The pier includes a children’s museum, theater, and a huge 150-ft. tall Ferris wheel. It is an interesting place to take your kids along, no matter what the weather. You will definitely love shopping, music, and restaurants here; this place is simply perfect for just about anyone.
In 1973, when the tower was completed, it stood as the tallest building in the world. Later in 2009, it slipped to become the third tallest building in the world, and is still an impressive structure. Being 1,353 feet above the ground, the Skydeck offers a magnificent view of the beautiful city. If you visit the tower on a clear day, you would be able to view up to 40 to 50 miles of sight-lines that include Lake Michigan, Michigan, Indiana, and even Wisconsin.
The next best attraction in the city is Millennium Park. This park is home to impressive public works of art, whimsical sculptures and fountains. Not just that, you will also come across gardens, an ice skating rink, a bicycle center. It seems there is always a performance or concert taking place in the park, so be sure to check the events calendar.
Next on the list is a mile long – Magnificent Mile, with over 22 million visitors every year. As the name suggests, this stretch of geography which runs along Lake Michigan is truly magnificent. It is considered among the best shopping areas in the world and is actually a part of Michigan Avenue. The Magnificent Mile stretches across the Chicago River to Oak Street. It serves as the main access road for Chicago business district and the Gold Coast. The Magnificent Mile features some 3,100,000 square feet of retail space with over 450 stores, 275 restaurants, 51 hotels, and countless other commendable attractions.
Lincoln Park is the largest public park in Chicago. You will love this place and if you are a sports enthusiast, then you won’t find a place better than this. It has a golf course, 15 baseball areas, 6 basketball courts, 35 tennis courts, 163 volley ball courts, and more. You can also take pleasure in boating facilities and public beaches since the place is situated along the lakefront.
With almost 2 million visitors a year, the Shedd Aquarium is undoubtedly Chicago’s most popular family tourist destination. And it has to be, because it is the leading aquarium in the country. You will find a variety of exotic water species from all over the world which will not only entertain kids but is also sure to enthrall the biggies.
The Art Institute of Chicago
The Art Institute of Chicago is home to more than 260,000 works of art with some of the most premium collections from all over the world. The collection here includes over 5,000 years of artistic expressions coming from different cultures across the world. The Art Institute of Chicago is best known for its collection of American, Impressionist, and Post-Impressionist paintings. The Art Institute of Chicago is considered to be one of the finest art museums in the world and no visit to Chicago would be complete without a visit.
Make sure you visit all these locales on your visit to the beautiful city of Chicago. Do not forget to check the local weather forecast whenever you are intending to make a visit, as weather systems sweep across the area. Chicago weather can be challenging during winters, so the most favorable time to visit Chicago is between April and May or September to October. That’s the time when Chicago comes alive with festivities, making it ideal for sightseeing.
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