Things to Do in Chicago, Chicago IL

I’m leaving for Chicago tomorrow. It will certainly be quite chilly (current temp there is 26F) but that’s a small concession to make for adventure.

I’ve begun researching more attractions to visit. Here are some suggestions from Chicago Traveler:

Magnificent Mile (Michigan Ave to Oak St; shops, restaurants, museums)

Navy Pier (IMAX, arcade, shops, restaurants, concert venue, fairgrounds)

Shedd Aquarium (one of the world’s largest indoor aquariums)

Field Museum (next to Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears; natural history museum)

The Magnificent Mile is a staple Chicago landmark without question. It is literally riddled with high-end shops including, Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, and Hugo Boss, and department store’s such as Bloomie’s and Saks. It’s also home to luxury hotels Ritz-Carlton and Four Seasons. In addition, you can whet your palate with mainstay dining establishments such as The Signature Room at The 95th, Spiaggia, Tru, and The Pump Room.

Navy Pier is another Chicago landmark. Built in 1916, the pier is a 3,300 ft long structure on Lake Michigan which was originally created to serve as a cargo facility for freighter ships. Today, Navy Pier is used as a tourist attraction and has restaurants, shops, and other entertainment. According to Wikipedia, a major renovation was recently announced which will included the construction of a floating hotel, spokeless ferris wheel, and monorail.

The Shedd Aquarium, which is located on the shared property of the Field Museum and Soldier field, is one of the world’s largest indoor aquariums. First opened in 1930, it houses over 25,000 fish, over 2,100 species of fish, and over 5,000,000 gallons of water. The building was designed in a classic Greek architectural style and is quite impressive.

As can be seen, there certainly are many great Chicago attractions, but because my trip is short (arrive Thursday afternoon leave Sunday evening), I will have to budget my time.