By: Abby Lowe
- Cloud Gate (The Bean)
This well known piece of Chicago’s history has been an attraction for many to visit for years on end. Cloud Gate, nicknamed “The Bean” because of its shape, is located in the middle of Millenium Park and is one of the most visited attraction to see. The bean is made of stainless steel which gives it a mirror like look. This attraction is perfect for taking photos because the skyline of the city is mirrored by the bean. Although there aren’t many interactive features, it is definitely a place to check off of your list when visiting the Windy City.
- Navy Pier
Navy Pier is a fun attraction for people of all ages to visit. Located on Lake Michigan, the pier is home to many fabulous restaurants and attractions. During the daytime Navy pier is the ideal place to take in the beautiful sights of the lake, and an even better place to check out Chicago’s skyline from afar. At nighttime the pier is lit up with lights and has a quaint carnival feel to it. Located on the pier are different rides such as a carousel and a ferris wheel. Navy Pier is a great place for families and friends looking for a laid back place to visit.
- 360 Chicago or Chicago’s Skydeck
The skyline of Chicago as many may know, is absolutely breathtaking. 360 Chicago and Chicago Skydeck both take you to some of the highest buildings in the city where you can look down and see Chicago from the top. 360 Chicago takes you up to the 94th floor of the John Hancock building where there is an open air skydeck to experience the city from above. The Chicago’s Skydeck takes you to the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower where there are clear viewing boxes that you can see Chicago from. This attraction is extremely popular because the floors of the viewing boxes are also clear, giving a whole new look at the city.
- Museum Campus
Museum Campus is home to five of Chicago’s most popular attractions- the museums! Each and every one of the museums are different in their own way which makes it hard to pick just one to visit- so why not visit all? Shedd Aquarium, The Adler Planetarium, The Field Museum, Soldier Field, and McCormick Place are all located on Museum Campus, superb for a day of learning in the city. During the summer some of the museums even offer “free days” to those who are Illinois residents. Each museum and attraction has breathtaking views of lake michigan and the skyline, which is perfect for taking in the city while learning about it, all at the same time.
After a long day of walking around and visiting Chicago’s finest attractions, Eataly is the most satisfying place to go. Located in The Shops at North Bridge, Eataly is an Italian-style market that serves freshly cooked foods to everyone. It has a different feel than just a regular restaurant because half of it is actually a market. You can choose to buy fresh meats, pastas, and pizza ingredients to cook yourself or choose to sit down at one of the small restaurants located within Eataly. Unlike any other eatery, this unique restaurant is great for those looking to finish the day off with a remarkable food experience.