Chicago

More than 42 kilometers of lakefront frame Chicago's stunning urban skyline. Here in the heart of the Midwest, the nation’s third-largest city boasts soaring skyscrapers and colorful neighborhoods against a backdrop of sandy beaches and beautiful parks. This cosmopolitan playground bursts with things to do. Sightseeing options range from Chicago icons – such as Millennium Park’s Cloud Gate, Grant Park’s Buckingham Fountain and Navy Pier’s Ferris wheel – to fascinating history and architecture tours.

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Chicago is renowned for its cultural offerings with more than 40 museums and a dedicated Museum Campus, home to The Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium and Adler Planetarium. Don’t miss the Art Institute of Chicago, which contains 300,000 works in its permanent collection, and Museum of Science and Industry, the largest in the Western Hemisphere. As the only U.S. city with five regional Tony Award-winning theaters, Chicago’s theater scene takes center stage.

With several of the world’s tallest buildings located here, Chicago is a showcase for modern masterpieces and historic landmarks by America’s greatest architects including Frank Lloyd Wright, Daniel Burnham and Louis Sullivan. Go above the view at 360 CHICAGO Observation Deck in the John Hancock Center (be sure to try the TILT experience, which leans you out over Michigan Avenue). Stay grounded but still take in the beautiful cityscape with a stroll along the Chicago Riverwalk, where you can enjoy a delicious meal or grab a drink right on the water. The Riverwalk can also serve as your launching point for an architecture tour or canoe trip down the Chicago River. Take the kids to Lincoln Park Zoo and Wrigley Field, two iconic and family-friendly attractions.

Top attractions in Chicago

Planning Your Chicago Visit

When should I go?

April through May and September through October are great months to visit. The weather is nice, prices are reasonable, and there are plenty of festivals to enjoy. Plus, the crowds are less than in the peak summer season.

Chicago Children's Museum tickets and hours

Admission: $14
Opening hours: Monday-Wednesday from 10:00AM-5:00PM; Thursdays from 10:00AM-8:00PM; Fridays from 10:00AM-6:00PM; Weekends from 10:00AM-7:00PM. Thursdays from 5:00PM-8:00PM is Family Night and free.

Location: Navy Pier

Chicago History Museum tickets and hours

Admission: $14 with two audio tours. Kids 12 and under are free. Opening hours: daily from 9:30AM-4:30PM Location: Lincoln Park

What people are saying about Chicago

★★★★★ We took visitors fm No. Carolina, and a couple weeks later, fm Canada.

It's our #1 tourist attraction when we have out of state or out of country viwitors.

★★★★★ Docent Javier was outstanding, excellent and quite knowledgeable.

Enjoyed the tour very much, despite the off-and-on ran drops. I've taken a similar tour several years ago with another operator. Both were quite inspiring, especially noting the new buildings that have been compleeted since the last time. I would recommend this to anyone.

Chicago River Architecture Cruise reviewed by Steven,

★★★★★ This was the best thing we did on our first visit to Chicago.

I'm a civil engineer and my husband works in construction admin so we have somewhat of an interest in architecture, although we chose this tour because of the river. Not only did we enjoy it even more than we expected, our son and his two Navy sailor buddies enjoyed it. The boat was comfortable, the docent (Chris) was great and the drinks were awesome! It was a great deal.

Chicago River Architecture Cruise reviewed by Patricia

Other Sightseeing Options in Chicago

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