Are your summer or fall travels taking you anywhere near the Windy City? Chicago is a vibrant city filled with interesting landmarks, world-class museums and of course, outstanding cuisine. Keep reading to discover 8 must-see sights in Chicago.
Featuring more than 24 acres of winding paths, sculptures, and flower displays, the scenic Millennium Park is a local favorite. The park is most widely known for being the site of architect Frank Gehry’s Pritzker Pavilion, sculptor Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate and Jaume Plensa’s Crown Fountain.
Even during the off season, Wrigley Field has plenty to offer to the baseball enthusiast. This legendary stadium, which was erected in 1914, features seasonal tours that allow visitors to explore the seating bowl, the Cubs’ dugout, the visitors’ clubhouse and more.
For an interactive tour that provides you with a birds-eye view of the city, look no further than 360 Chicago. Previously known as the John Hancock Conservatory, this famous landmark allows you to see 55 miles out and the four surrounding states. Brave visitors can visit the Tilt feature, an enclosed platform that extends from the building at a 30-degree angle for a unique view of the city.
A classic tourist destination, Navy Pier features an IMAX cinema, an assortment of restaurants, boat tours, shops, and a 150-foot high Ferris wheel. Its Family Pavilion Stage offers an extensive roster of live entertainment, and visitors can enjoy a variety of seasonal events and indoor activities.
The Shedd Aquarium is a popular attraction for people of all ages. Known for its beautiful habitats and its outstanding dolphin shows, this aquarium has been delighting visitors for more than 75 years. For an even more memorable experience, you have the option of going on a behind-the-scenes tour, a penguin encounter, a shark feeding tour and more.
North Avenue Beach
Chicago sits right on the coast of Lake Michigan, and North Avenue Beach is one of the locals’ favorite ways to enjoy the beautiful water views. The beach features an ocean liner-inspired beach house, as well as jet ski and boat rentals, concessions and volleyball courts.
Chicago Cultural Center
For a taste of Chicago’s unique flavor, visit the Chicago Cultural Center. The former site of the Chicago Public Library, this building was converted to a cultural center in 1991. Today, visitors can enjoy free classical concerts, as well as free experimental concerts.
Home to more than 2,500 animals, this 216-acre zoo features one of the nation’s largest indoor mix-species exhibit. It offers a variety of habitats, including the Tropic World, which boasts monkeys, gibbons and more, and the Great Bear Wilderness, where animal lovers can get an up-close look at American bison, polar bears, and grizzly bears.
With a wide variety of landmarks and attractions, the city of Chicago offers something for everyone.
Interested in commemorating your visit to the Windy City? We offer a one-of-a-kind ring that showcases the famous Chicago skyline. Whether you are purchasing it for yourself or buying it as a gift, you can have the ring customized with a unique Soundwave engraving.