Top Tours & Activities in Chicago
Chicago has it all and enjoys spoiling its visitors and locals alike with a wealth of culture, shopping, dining and entertainment possibilities. As Frank Sinatra sang so many times about this world-class city, "it's one town that won't let you down."
Built in the 1920s, the two towers of this iconic landmark on Michigan Avenue once housed the headquarters for chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr.
The Chicago Water Tower on North Michigan Ave. was one of the few structures to have survived the Chicago Fire of 1871. Today, it's a gallery for local artists and photographers.
13-blocks of North Michigan Avenue comprise The Magnificent Mile. It offers retail therapy, a bevy of restaurants with international cuisine and examples of historical buildings.
It's the district that mixes business with pleasure amid soaring downtown highrises. Take a seat at one of many eateries, stroll along the river or enjoy the nighlife revelry.
Controversy surrounded the unveiling of this 50-foot statue in downtown's Daley Plaza in 1967. Some regarded Picasso's Cubist artwork to that of a baboon or a giant insect.
When the weather and traffic are bad, thousands of locals take advantage of this system of underground corridors and overhead bridges in a 40-block radius in downtown.
First opened as The Chicago Public Library and Civil War memorial in 1897, the building is famous for its stained-glass domes. Cultural events take place regularly and for free.
Dig for dinosaur bones, learn how the city's tallest structures stand, and manipulate the power of water. Parents and kids will give this hands-on museum an A+ by the day's end.
From the original days as a fur trading center to what daily life is like today, visitors will learn all there is to know at the "Chicago: Crossroads of America" exhibition.
The largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere is the ideal environment for an immersion in science. The Omnimax Theater also shows fantastic films throughout the year.
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
Admission: $14 with two audio tours. Kids 12 and under are free. Opening hours: daily from 9:30AM-4:30PM Location: Lincoln Park
Admission: $18 (adults), $11 (kids 3-11). Three different ticket packages are also available for $27, $32, and $36. Depending on the selected package, visitors may choose up to three extra museum features, such as the Omnimax Theater, which are not included in the general admission price.
Opening hours: daily from 9:30AM-5:30PM Location: 5700 Lake Shore Drive
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.
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- Best time to visitEarly summer and early fall tend to have pleasant temperatures, fewer crowds, and a great selection of events on offer.
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The architecture cruise is a trip down the 3 branches of the Chicago River while your guide points out relevant buildings and elements of architecture that are historically and otherwise significant. Our guide, Kevin, is a true Renaissance man. He was able to relate the architectural elements with the history of the period, the politics of the period, and the science and engineering necessary to make the architecture happen. At the end of the cruise, he produced a harmonica and began playing an authentic Chicago blues riff while singing an architecture song that I'm sure he wrote. Not only did he teach, he made the architecture come alive! It would be impossible for anyone to see Chicago in the same way after taking his guided cruise. Very highly recommended! Enjoy! I hope you have a similar experience.
Kevin our guide was great, knowledgeable , funny, and entertaining. Had a great experience and a memory for a lifetime. Thanks to everyone!
We took the last cruise at twilight and view of the shoreline as the lights come on in buildings presents Chicago in all its glory - should not be missed. The boats are easy to get on and comfortable even for seniors and the ride is very pleasurable. It may get a little chilly after sundown depending on weather conditions. Check-in with printed tickets was a breeze with no wait. Weekends are busy and it was a good idea to have tickets in advance.
The ride was smooth and the pilot did an outstanding job explaining the historical sites in Chicago from the above.
I was bringing 12 friend from Italy to Chicago, they were really impressed of Chicago tour thus positive impressed of the overall organization. I would only provide some tour translator for those who do not understand the english explanation.