Favorite Chicago Attractions

...MY top things to do in Chicago

In Chicago, you'll be able to find at least one of the Chicago attractions to match one of your interests if not several, no matter what your passion is.

The Cloud Gate.

Probably the first thing you should do is see the Chicagoland area from 1,000 feet up at the Willis Tower Skydeck or at the John Hancock Observatory. It's a beautiful view and you can see very far when your 1,000 feet above everyone else, trust me.

If you are not sure where you want to start, take advantage of all the great tours and tour guides, which will help you find things in the city and give you all the best information so you have the best experience possible while you are here.

See my Tours page for more information on that.

No matter when you decide to visit Chicago, there is bound to be special events that you won't want to miss.

Many of the exciting events are held during the summer, but check the Chicago Events Page to see all that Chicago is offering during your time here.

Two of the big favorites are Taste of Chicago and the Chicago Air & Water Show. Both are a lot fun for any age and both are one of those events where you need to make an entire day of it to get the full experience, and its definitely worth it.

Of all the Chicago attractions to enjoy however, I personally love Millennium Park, the Chicago Cultural Center, and The Skydeck at Willis Tower.

Of course, that’s not the only Chicago attractions you can enjoy, far from it, just my top three, and to see the other top Chicago attractions check out my Top Attractions page.

Millennium Park

Millennium Park theatre.Millennium Park is an award-winning center for art, music, architecture, and landscape design. It is 24.5 acres and holds many family-friendly festivals and other great programs year round.

The outdoor concerts are really fun and the architecture and landscaping is so well planned out, that it alone is a reason to visit the park. The park is located in the heart of downtown Chicago and is bordered by Michigan Ave., Randolph St., Columbus Dr., and Monroe St.

Millennium Park is open every day from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and is FREE of admission.

I would encourage you to stop at the Millennium Park Welcome Center when you first get there, because specialists will be available there to help you plan your visit at the Park.

You can find The Welcome Center at 201 E. Randolph St. in the Northwest Exelon Pavilion.

Call 312.742.1168 or visit their website at www.millenniumpark.org if you have any questions or just want more information on Millennium Park.

Chicago Cultural Center

The Chicago Cultural Center is one of the most comprehensive arts showcases in the United States.

It’s another popular visiting place when people are in Chicago and that’s because when you are there, there is music, dance and theater, films, presentations, and other great family events.

The art is my favorite, it’s all just so beautiful and also quite amazing how artist think up and design such creative masterpieces for people to enjoy.

The Cultural Center was completed in 1897 and dedicated as the city's original Chicago Public Library.

It cost almost $2 million and was inspired by the neo-classical style of the World's Columbian Exposition held in Chicago in 1893.

The building itself is a good enough reason to visit. Three-foot thick masonry walls with Bedford limestone faced on top that is set about 104 feet above a granite bottom.

The interior design includes rare imported marble, stained-glass, polished brass, and fine hard wood, as well as mosaics of Favrile glass, and mother-of-pearl.

The most notable features are the amazing stained-glass domes. One of the spectacular domes is in the Preston Bradley Hall at the south end of the building, which is the world's largest Tiffany stained-glass dome and is worth about $35 million.

Hungary? If so, Randolph Cafe is the place to enjoy baked goods, teas, coffee, and juices, as well as enjoy the scheduled performances that perform there.

You can find the Chicago Cultural Center at 78 E. Washington St. and for more information go to there website at www.cityofchicago.org

The Sky Deck

Out of my top three Chicago attractions, my favorite attraction is The Sky Deck or “The Ledge” as it is sometimes called.

One of the SkyDecks.What happens is you step out on to a glass floor 1,350 feet above the ground (which is on the 103rd floor) a top of the Willis Tower. When you’re up there, it’s unreal.

You see everything, and in my opinion, it’s the best time to pin point where you want to go because, on a clear day, you can see about 40-50 miles out in all directions.

What that means is you will be able to see all of Chicago's beautiful buildings, Indiana, Michigan, and even Wisconsin from that high up.

It was pretty nerve wracking the first time I walked onto the glass. When I did it, all these bad ideas went through my head, like “what if the glass breaks?” (Not what you want to be thinking, trust me) but it was very safe and very exciting.

Something that was really cool was on the way up in the elevators, they have these 50-inch flat monitors that make you feel like you are blasting off into space with views of the earth. (compliments of NASA and the Space Shuttle Endeavor)

View from the SkyDeck.The Skydeck also features some great exhibits highlighting Chicago's history. Interactive kiosks provide a tour of Chicago's landmarks.

Knee-High Chicago is a cool kid-level display that goes all the way around the Skydeck which gives kids a look at Chicago's most fascinating moments in history.

The Skydeck also has high-powered telescopes for a closer look at the city, which you can use to even pick out place you want to visit in the city later.

For more information, go to their website at www.the-skydeck.com.

These are just my three favorite Chicago attractions, but there are many more Chicago attractions to see, all providing their own unique experience. Places like Navy Pier, the Field Museum, the Magnificent Mile, and the Shedd Aquarium just to name a few. I hope you enjoy your stay here in Chicago.