6 Top-Rated Things to do in Chicago

Located along the shores of Lake Michigan in Illinois, Chicago is one of the American cities that draw visitors for the United States and internationally. Often referred to as the “Windy City,” Chicago is known for its bold architecture and skyscrapers, numerous cultural attractions, museums, excellent shopping, sporting events, and vibrant arts scene. The marks of famous artists like Chagall, Picasso, and Dubuffet as well as architects like Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Sullivan can be seen across this beautiful city. Here are must-see attractions in Chicago, Illinois we were actually told about by our Limo driver from VIP Transportation taking us to the airport on the way out of town.

Explore World-Class Wildlife Exhibits at the Lincoln Park Zoo

Located along the edge of Lake Michigan, Lincoln Park is home to the Chicago History Museum, Lincoln Park Conservatory, Peggy Notebaert Museum, and the Lincoln Park Zoo. The Lincoln Park Zoo features world-class wildlife exhibits as well as historical architecture worth exploring. The zoo is one of the most beautiful in the United States. Admission at the zoo is free. 

Take in Breathtaking Views on the 360 Chicago Observation Deck

Located on the 94th floor of the John Hancock Center office Building, the 360 Chicago observation deck allows visitors to take in breathtaking views of Chicago’s skyline, Lake Michigan, and the city. Don’t leave before getting tilted over the streets below from the building’s 94th floor as you enjoy “Chicago’s highest thrill ride.” 

Get out on the Ledge at Chicago’s Willis Tower Sky Deck

The 110 story Willis Tower, formerly Sears Tower is one of the world’s tallest buildings and a tourist attraction in Chicago. The office block is the tallest building in North America, standing at 1,453 feet. The views on the 103rd floor are incredible. They extend to up to 50 miles over four states while allowing you to take in sweeping views of the city’s impressive architecture from the SkyDeck

Catch the Water Show at Buckingham Fountain

If you’re visiting with your family, the hourly water show in the summer at the Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park is a must-see for your kids. The water show features an impressive display as the fountain shoots 15,000 gallons of water through nearly two hundred nozzles each minute. Built in 1927, the Buckingham Fountain is Chicago’s centerpiece and a recognizable landmark along the Lake Michigan shore.

Have Fun at Navy Pier

Originally opened in 1916 as a recreational and shipping facility, the Navy Pier comprises of fifty acres of parks, beautiful gardens, shopping areas, concert venues, restaurants, and other attractions. The facility is separated into a Family Pavilion, Festival Hall, South Arcade, Navy Pier Park, and Gateway Park. If you’re with kids, the Family Pavilion is the best place to be. Visitors come here to explore Crystal Gardens, watch classical performances at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, catch a movie at the 3D IMAX Theater, or be part of one of the year-round festivities. 

Stroll Through Millennium Park

Located in downtown Chicago, the Millennium Park is one of Chicago’s major highlights, rivaling the Lincoln Park Zoo as the city’s best free attraction. Visitors come here to explore Lurie Garden, watch performances at the Jay Pritzker pavilion, or just stroll while enjoying the beautiful surrounding. The park’s Cloud Gate has since become one of the most recognizable icons in Chicago.