Chicago travel guide
What To See and What To Do in Chicago
Navy Pier, Lincoln Park Zoo, The Riverwalk, Willis Tower, The Magnificent Mile, and The Bean, are only a few of things to see and try in Chicago. We have selected the best tours and activities for you, and in this Guide you will find our recommendations. We have researched and picked out the best way for you to plan and book, and verified the booking providers. Our service is to be trusted and all our recommendations are bookable online and easy – on the GO!
BREATHTAKING CHICAGO - THE WINDY CITY
A global city with iconic and unexpected experiences. You’ll quickly appreciate this urban-meets-natural beauty when your arrive to the USA’ third-largest city. In the heart of the Midwest, Chicago boasts skyscrapers, 77 colorful neighborhoods, 27 miles of lakefront with 26 beaches, 580 parks and green spaces. Equally impressive are the dining options – 7,300 restaurants and more than 65 craft breweries. Furthermore, outstanding arts and culture, urban recreation along the waterfront, world-famous events and a vibrant LGBTQ+ scene.
HIGHLIGHTED TOP ATTRACTIONS
Ascend 94 stories to the 360 Observation Deck of one of the tallest buildings in North America. Then check out bird’s-eye views of landmarks like the famous Willis (Sears) Tower, the lakefront shoreline and the Windy City’s world-famous skyline. Enjoy a variety of educational exhibits on site. Upgrade your ticket to include TILT, a thrill ride that offers visitors unique, downward facing views from 1,030 feet. Buy tickets
Guided walking tour
Join this 2,5 hour walking tour at see some of Chicago’s greatest hits: incredible architecture both old and new, delicious local treats, a uniquely Chicago transit ride, stunning river views, and much more! Get around The Loop like a local: at street level, underground, elevated rails, or perhaps even on the water. Feel the buzz in one of Chicago’s beautiful parks and see world-famous Bean. Buy tickets
Lake Michigan Cruise
This 40-min Cruise will show you the beautiful Chicago lakefront and its many landmarks. Climb aboard your vessel for a laid-back ride, enjoying panoramic views of the Windy City’s iconic skyline from a unique perspective. Along the way, you’ll listen to informative commentary. You can bring your own lunch or grab a drink at the onboard bar, during your ride. Buy tickets
Attractions and Activities
Sightseeing options range from Chicao icons like Millennium Park’s sculptures, fountains, gardens and event spaces to awe-inspiring architecture by Frank Lloyd Wright, Frank Gehry, Daniel Burnham and Louis Sullivan. Get above it all on The Ledge, a glass platform on the Skydeck at Willis Tower, or the 360 Chicago Observation Deck on North Michigan Avenue, 300 meters above Michigan Avenue. Go for a stroll along the Chicago Riverwalk, where you can enjoy a waterside meal, sip a drink or set out on an architecture cruise on the Chicago River. Take the children to Lincoln Park Zoo, Navy Pier and Wrigley Field, three iconic and family friendly attractions, or rent bikes and pedal along the 29-kilometer Lakefront Trail.
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RECOMMENDED TOURS AND ACTIVITIES
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The ultimate foodie adventure in the historic River North area. From deep dish pizza to Chicago-style hot dogs, this tour will leave you filled with delicious local foods and insider knowledge into the city’s culinary history and culture.
Bike past the lakefront neighborhoods of Chicago's North Side on this bike tour. Follow a local guide along quiet streets, city parks and scenic beaches, starting at Lake Shore Drive and continuing along Rush Street and the Magnificent Mile.
Our special tip: Chicago Architecture Tour
Join this great 2 hours walking tour that has special access to buildings not open to the general public. Your guide leads you to places with fantastic perspectives of the Windy City, and gives you time for photo ops. Hear insightful commentary about the city as you cover about 1.5 miles on foot, walking at a leisurely pace with frequent stops. Go off the tourist trail and see Chicago from a new perspective with insightful commentary provided. Book this recommended tour here
Where is Chicago located?
The city is located in the East North Central Region on the southwestern tip of Lake Michigan. Chicago is the largest city in the state of Illinois and the 3rd largest city in the United States.
Each of Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods offers a distinct experience. Ethnic and immigrant enclaves, such as Chinatown, Little Italy, Avondale, Andersonville, Pilsen and Lincoln Square, reflect the city’s multicultural influences, from German and Polish to Mexican and Chinese. Check out neighborhood bars and live music in Bucktown and Wicker Park. Uptown’s historic theaters, music halls and Art Deco buildings make it a cultural playground. The Loop is Chicago’s bustling downtown district, where you’ll find must-see landmarks and plentiful options for dining, shopping and nightlife.
Art and Culture
Chicago is know for its cultural offerings with more than 60 museums and a dedicated Museum Campus: The Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium and Adler Planetarium. Don’t miss the Art Institute of Chicago, containing 300,000 works in its permanent collection. Experience Museum of Science and Industry, the largest in the Western Hemisphere.
As the only U.S. city with five regional Tony Award-winning theaters – Goodman, Chicago Shakespeare, Lookingglass, Victory Gardens and Steppenwolf – Chicago’s theater scene takes center stage. You can catch shows at more than 200 venues in addition to performances from esteemed companies such as Joffrey Ballet, Lyric Opera and Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Chicago’s culinary scene is filled with star chefs, ethnic eateries and award-winning fine dining, including 25 Michelin-starred eateries. Just as famous are the casual classics like Chicago-style hot dogs and deep-dish pizza. In fact, Bon Appetit named Chicago the 2017 Restaurant City of the Year. Cap off your meals with visits to specialty cocktail bars, historic pubs and more than 65 craft breweries.
Don’t miss Michigan Avenue’s 13-block stretch, The Magnificent Mile, with more than 460 stores. Explore major department stores, luxury boutiques and the can’t-miss, multilevel Water Tower Place mall.
If it’s music you’ve come for, you’ll find everything from live music venues to outdoor events like Millennium Park concerts, Lollapalooza and the Chicago Blues and Jazz Festivals. For nightlife, head to the many cocktail lounges, sports bars or dance clubs that dot the entertainment landscape. Opt for tickets to a legendary comedy club, The Second City, where comedians such as Tina Fey, Steve Carell and Stephen Colbert got their start.