What is the first thing that comes to mind when someone says Chicago? In my mind, I think of Chicago, amazing views, Lake Michigan and skyscrapers galore. If you thought of any of these, you are absolutely correct. My husband and I took a trip to Chicago, Illinois for Labor Day weekend this past September. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I loved Chicago, even with how busy and packed it was. I am not someone who loves crowded places, but I loved every minute of my time in Chicago.
This city is now one of my most favorite cities in the United States. This city had a lot to offer and we jam packed a lot into just a few days. We spent time in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and in Benton Harbor, Michigan. Below I will give you my top 10 things to do in Chicago, Illinois.
Top Things to Do in Chicago, Illinois:
1.) Sky Deck Chicago
The Skydeck is located in downtown Chicago in the Willis Tower, also known as the Sears Tower. This tower has some of the best views of the city from above. The lines are quite long to get up to the Skydeck. If you buy your tickets ahead of time you will save yourself some time in the lines. The lines, the time and the money are worth it for the views.
2.) Millineum Park
Millineum Park is located in downtown Chicago. The park is free to get into and walk around at your own leisure. There is plenty to see and do in the park, especially all the art such as the Cloud Gate Or Bean as some may call it.
3.) Magnificent Mile
Magnificent Mile is located in the heart of downtown Chicago and has tons of shopping places. This also provides for some of the best views from below.
4.) The Bean
The Bean or the Cloud Gate is your usual Chicago must see but it is absolutely stunning in person. I highly recommend getting there early in the morning to be able to get pictures and take your time seeing it. I was able to capture a little bit of the sunrise in my photos. This is located in Millineum Park, I definitely recommend going.
5.) Buckingham Fountain
This famous fountain is located near Millineum and is a beautiful sight. This fountain has been filmed in a few shows and movies, so you may recognize this from there. If you get there early in the morning beware of the wind blowing, I ended up soaked because the wind blew water on me.
6.) Guaranteed Rate Field
This field is where the Chicago White Sox play. This field was huge to what I was used to and the tickets were on the cheaper side compared to the Chicago Cubs tickets. The stadium had plenty to offer in the way of food, places to shop and things to look at. I definitely suggest going to a game while you are in Chicago, after all they do have 2 pro league baseball teams to choose from.
7.) Chicago Riverwalk
Chicago Riverwalk was by far one of my favorite walks we went on in Chicago. There were a lot of places to eat, see, get an adult beverage, take a river cruise or just simply stroll down the long path along the river. I highly recommend doing this when going to Chicago.
8.) Navy Pier
This is located in Downtown Chicago but on the opposite side of the street. This pier sits on Lake Michigan and has a lot to do and see. My husband and I went when they had a seafood festival going on, so it was jam packed with people. We did manage to walk all over the pier and see all it had to offer. There are plenty of places to eat, shop, get a drink, take a boat out and so much more. I definitely suggest going here while in Chicago.
9.) Lake Michigan
Lake Michigan still surprises me to this day. I never expected the lake to be as blue as it really is. The water was cold when we went, so I did not get a chance to take a swim in it. You can see Lake Michigan from Chicago in many spots.
10.) Walk around Downtown Chicago
Chicago is a beautiful city to walk around and explore. This city is easy to get lost in, so my GPS was my saving grace quite a few times. There is so much to see and do in downtown Chicago, you will need at least a couple days to see some of it. There are also dog statues all over the town, can you spot how many different ones there are?
As you can see, Chicago has a lot to offer. From what I listed this was not even half of what it has to offer to do, eat, see or explore. This city is definitely not one you can see most of it in one day. Chicago requires at least two full days to see at least some of the city. We spent part of the day Saturday and Sunday and most of the day Monday seeing the city. I felt this was a good amount of time to see some or most the city but I definitely did not see all it had to offer. When I do this, I feel like this always gives me a chance to come back and want to explore or do more than what I did the first time. Even if I had seen all of the city, I would still go back because Chicago is beautiful.
Stay tuned later this week for an article on San Juan, Puerto Rico. See what San Juan has to offer, do and see. In the next couple weeks I have some very excited news for the blog, so stay tuned for this as well. You won’t want to miss it!