The Best Things to Do in Chicago
Collected by AFAR Editors , AFAR Staff
One of Chicago’s 50+ million annual visitors? This list can help you tackle the world-class sights: shop vintage boutiques, conquer your fear of heights at the Willis Tower, stroll an extraordinary garden or museum. Trust us, you won’t be bored.
1300 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605, USA
It’s difficult to design a museum suitable for both kids and adults, but Adler makes it look easy. Children will love the area known as Planet Explorers, where they can play astronaut with space rovers and rocket-launch simulators, peer...
112 E Upper Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601, USA
The Chicago River and Lake Michigan are two of the city’s greatest assets, and there’s no better way to experience both than with an architectural boat tour. While there are plenty of reliable options around, go with First Lady...
1600 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60613, USA
Chicago has no shortage of beaches, but there are few that boast the views, convenient location, and activities of North Avenue Beach. Located just footsteps away from the Lincoln Park Zoo and the vibrant shopping and nightlife of Old Town, this...
233 S Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60606, USA
100+ stories, on top of the world, at the skydeck of the Willis Tower in Chicago. The city is extremely beautiful, and especially awesome from up here. On a pretty clear day like this one was, you can see quite far in all directions. This is a...
300 N Central Park Ave, Chicago, IL 60624, USA
Chicago is home to two conservatories, the Garfield Park Conservatory (photo above and location listed) on the west side and the Lincoln Park Conservatory on the north side. Both locations provide a temporary tropical escape from the elements but...
1807 S Allport St, Chicago, IL 60608, USA
A visit to Pilsen isn’t complete without a stop at this historic concert hall, a must for national musical acts and local talent—not to mention the spectators that get to enjoy it all. It was John Dusek who originally opened doors here...
5535 S Ellis Ave, Chicago, IL 60637, USA
Situated in the city’s Hyde Park neighborhood, this theater opened in 1955 and has been appealing to crowds near and far ever since for its diverse programming and community involvement. Each season focuses on five productions—a range...
111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603, USA
Wow. The last time I was here was on a high school field trip 35 years ago, and the museum has definitely grown. What an amazing collection—I could have spent days here, but I only had two hours. I followed the museum's suggested top 10, and...
1060 W Addison St, Chicago, IL 60613, USA
111 E Upper Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601, USA
The Chicago Architecture Foundation is a must see if you are an architecture fanatic or just love the Chicago skyline. The CAF has a great shop inside the Historic Santa Fe Building in downtown Chicago. They sell informative books about...
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