Chicago is a city that’s in a league of its own. There’s truly nowhere else like it in America. There’s something for everyone regardless of age or travel style. So if you’re considering a trip to the Windy City, you’re making a great decision.
That said, Chicago is large and if you’ve never been before, you might feel overwhelmed at all the tourist options. Don’t worry, we’re here to help. Keep reading to find the best things to do on a weekend trip to Chicago.
1. Millennium Park
What visit would be complete without a stop in Millennium Park? It doesn’t get much more Chicago than the famous Bean.
Millennium Park is 24-acres full of art, architecture, and landscaping. It’s a must-see for any first-time visitor to the Windy City.
Don’t forget to stop and see the Crown Fountain. This interesting interactive public art sculpture opened in 2004 and is as artistic as it is entertaining.
2. Navy Pier
The Navy Pier is another must-do on your Chicago bucket list. It’s a pier over Lake Michigan full of shops, dining opportunities, and many Instagram-worthy photo stops. Don’t forget to book tickets for the Centennial Wheel to get views of the city from 200 feet up.
If you’re big on water activities, there’s plenty for you at the Navy Pier. Book a river cruise to see the sights or treat your sweetheart to a romantic dining cruise. We suggest you rent Adeline’s Sea Moose, a 68-foot luxury yacht, for an unforgettable day or evening.
3. Take in Animal Life
If you’re traveling with little ones or just fancy yourself an animal lover, the Lincoln Park Zoo is a must-do. The zoo is home to many different interesting species like aardvarks, penguins, swamp monkeys, and everything in between.
Your children might love the Campout at the Zoo program. The animal lovers in your group will appreciate learning more about the zoo’s conservation programs, too.
The Shedd Aquarium is the aquatic version of the Lincoln Park Zoo. See predators like zebra or bonnethead sharks or cute creatures like Magellanic penguins or California Sea Lions. No visit to the aquarium would be complete without a stop at the Polar Play Zone to get hands-on with sea stars.
4. Get Curious
Chicago has some of the best museums in Illinois. If you or your fellow travel mates are eager to learn on your vacation, be sure to check out the following places.
The Art Institute of Chicago houses art collections that span centuries. With an ever-revolving choice of exhibits, you’ll never go to the museum and see the same thing twice.
The Museum of Science and Industry is the biggest science center in the entire western hemisphere. Learn about the science behind powerhouse forces of nature like tornados or get lost in the mirror maze. There’s no shortage of activities at this museum.
The Field Museum is a natural history museum with a handful of permanent exhibitions to enjoy. The Evolving Planet exhibit focuses on the evolution of Earth over the past 4 billion years. Inside Ancient Egypt takes a deep dive into the lives of Ancient Egyptians.
Enjoy Your Trip to Chicago
Chicago is truly an amazing city and you’re sure to have a great time regardless of what activities you do. We hope that our blog has made the planning process a little bit easier.
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