As I mentioned in my earlier post, we went to Chicago for the week to get away. Just me and the hubby. We were celebrating 10 years and had been needing a getaway for a long time! Everything seemed to align and so we were off! Chicago was a wonderful place to visit with a variety of activities to do. Here are some of the best places to visit in Chicago.
If you’re in need of a view, then these places and tours are for you! We visited SkyDeck Chicago at night to get a night view and stood out on the glass looking down on the town. Let me say, I thought I might lose my dinner…boy, am I scared of heights! So, this is THE ONE picture of me NOT clinging to my husband for dear life! A few days later we visited 360 Chicago for an even better view (if you ask me). And, if you like thrills they’re about to open something called the TILT. Windows tilting out onto the ground once you’re standing in them. Um, I think not! And, if you love a good view and some good history and architecture, then you have to check out the architectural tour along the river. It’s a must!
If you’re a fan of baseball, or even just a lover of history, you have to go to the Wrigley Field Tour and a Cubs game. The Wrigley Field Tour is a great way to see behind the scenes and hear about the history of the park. As you can tell from my hubby’s face, this was by far his FAVORITE thing we did while we were in Chicago….one to mark off the bucket list!
I had several favorites, which not surprisingly, were all about art! We toured Frank Lloyd Wright’s home and studio. It was so interesting to hear the history behind the house and to see how ahead of his time he was with his architecture. We also visited the Art Institute of Chicago Museum. They have many famous artworks that anyone would recognize and the largest collection of impressionist work outside of the Louvre in Paris, with works from Van Gogh, Monet, Picasso, and more.
If you’re planning on traveling with children, Chicago is a GREAT place to visit! So many parks and kid oriented places. I don’t know how many pictures and videos we sent to our kids while we were at these places. Adam and I said several times that this would be a great place to take kids. Shedd Aquarium features animals from all over the world and a Sea World worthy show with baluga whales, dolphins, penguins, and sea lions. Adler Planetarium is world renowned and has numerous shows that you can view throughout your visit. The Field Museum is all about natural science and history. My kids would have gone ga-ga over all the dinosaur fossils, including the one pictured below that they call Sue. And if you’re wanting cheap, you can’t miss out on the Lincoln Park Zoo. It has all kinds of different animals, including bears, wolves, and a polar bear; and is the only free zoo left in the United States.
Some other sites you might not want to miss out on are the iconic ones…’The Bean’, Buckingham Fountain, and the Magnificent Mile.
And, of course, you can’t go to Chicago without eating some Chicago style pizza and hotdogs! My hubby does not rave about food, never has. But, he could NOT stop talking about Portillo’s hot dogs. According to him, “the best hotdog he had ever eaten!” I will tend to agree…served Chicago style with onions, relish, tomatoes, pickle slice, and little peppers. And for Chicago deep dish pizza, everyone directed us to Giordano’s. Their pizza was stuffed and looked just like a pie…one piece was more than enough for me! My favorite was a place called Kanela’s is Old Town. It was quaint and sweetly decorated. I enjoyed sipping my coffee for brunch and eating the yummy grill cheese and homemade chips that followed. Here are some other places that locals told us we just had to hit up and enjoy…
Chicago is a wonderful place to visit! If you’re wanting to know more places to check out or want some great deals, these are some great sites.