Chicago offers a wide variety of things to do and places to visit, from museums to famous ball parks. I put together a list of places we enjoyed visiting and explain why.
Take a nice, easy stroll along the river walk in downtown Chicago. The river walk is said to have been inspired by that of San Antonio. Stop for a drink or a meal at one of the bars. Watch the water jet from the Centennial Fountain arc across the river every hour on the hour. The fountain is located on the north bank at McClurg Court.
Walking is a healthy and enjoyably activity in itself. Also, you see Chicago form a different perspective.
Chicago Cultural Center (78 E Washington St.)
Drop by the Chicago Cultural Centre on your way to or from Millenium Park. Take your time to admire the 100 year old building, which began life in 1887 as the city’s first central public library and Civil War Memorial. All kinds of cultural events take place here.
To admire the world’s largest Tiffany dome (38 feet in diameter –Look out for your zodiac sign at the top) as well as the intricate inlaid marble designs on the walls.
Union Station (225 South Canal St.)
This Art Deco beauty was opened in 1925. The magnificent Great Hall is a nice place to sit quietly while watching passengers coming and going. It is not difficult to transport yourself to a bygone era in this setting.
If you like railway stations and movies, this is the perfect place. A scene from the 1987 film The Untouchables takes place in one of the staircases inside the station.
Chicago Public Library – Harold Washington Library Center (400 South State St.)
This building is difficult to describe. It’s considered Neo Classical but to me it looks like a hodgepodge of styles and symbols. Its most striking feature is the barn owls perched at the four corners of the roof, which I thought were dragons at first. The rooms are quiet and smell like a proper library. The library was named after Chicago’s first African American mayor.
For the Winter Garden on the 10th floor.
Chinatown (Cermak-Chinatown station on the Red Line)
I’ve been to other Chinatowns and I’ve found them dirty and smelly. On the contrary, Chicago’s Chinatown is clean and tidy. We browsed the shops at Chinatown Square outdoor mall, where we also had a delicious lunch.
For the food and shopping.
Wrigley Field (1060 W Addison St)
Wrigley Field is the home of the Chicago Cubs, Chicago’s beloved Major League Baseball team. Although guided tours are available, we just wanted to see the place where a scene from the film The Blues Brothers take place (the one where the brothers gave the stadium’s address as their own). We then had fantastic sandwiches for lunch t Lucky’s Sandwich Company (3472 N. Clark St).
Ideal for baseball fans and film buffs. I’m neither but I still enjoyed the visit.
The Lincoln Park Zoo dates from 1868 and it’s one of the few free admission zoos in the country. In my opinion, the most beautiful part of the park is the North Pond Nature Sanctuary.
For the view of Chicago’s skyline, the zoo and the beautiful gardens.