There it is: the famous Chicago skyline set against the sweeping shore of Lake Michigan. You’ll quickly appreciate this urban-meets-natural beauty when your feet hit the ground in the nation’s third-largest city. In the heart of the Midwest, Chicago boasts soaring skyscrapers, 77 colorful neighborhoods, 42 kilometers of lakefront with 26 beaches and 580 parks and green spaces.
Equally impressive are the dining options – 7,300 restaurants and more than 65 craft breweries – outstanding arts and culture, urban recreation along the waterfront, world-famous events and a vibrant LGBTQ+ scene. Check out top things to do and places to go in Chicago during your next visit.
Attractions in Chicago
This cosmopolitan playground is bursting with things to do. Sightseeing options range from Chicago 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, where the TILT experience leans you out 300 meters above Michigan Avenue.
Take in the beautiful cityscape with 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.
Tour the Neighborhoods in Chicago
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.