Top Attractions in Chicago

From the spectacular venues down the Magnificent Mile to taking the quintessential picture in front of the Bean, Chicago hosts so many fun attractions worth visiting.

1. Magnificent Mile

The Magnificent Mile boasts incredible shopping, dining, accommodations, and entertainment choices that fit any budget. Whether you’re searching for affordable fashion or designer boutiques, you can find it all strolling down North Michigan Avenue. This scenic district enables visitors to see attractions such as the Chicago Sports Museum, the Historic Water Tower, art galleries, theaters, bars, gourmet food, and beyond! At the end of the day, stroll along the Chicago River and grab a bite at any of the dozens of eateries nearby. Also, you can find more than 70 hotels in or near the district.

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2. Millennium Park

This gorgeous urban park features the Cloud Gate sculpture (“the Bean”), so if you want that iconic Chicago picture, you know where to go. Other sightseeing spots include Pritzker Pavilion, the beautiful Lurie Garden, and glorious works of art like the Crown Fountain. Moreover, the park hosts numerous events throughout the year, so be on the lookout for concerts, free events like yoga practice, and food festivals.

3. Shedd Aquarium

Enclosed within the city’s Museum Campus, Shedd Aquarium is home to 32,000 interesting, diverse sea life and is considered one of the best aquariums in the United States. Guests can interact with animals at no additional cost, such as feeling stingrays at “Stingray Touch.” Also included with admission are fascinating exhibits such as “Amazon Rising,” “Wild Reef,” “Polar Play Zone,” “Caribbean Reef,” and “Waters of the World.” Furthermore, guests can opt to meet animals like penguins, beluga whales, or sea otters for an additional fee through the Extraordinary Experiences option. See one of the best attractions when you only have three days in Chicago.

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4. SkyDeck Chicago

Situated on the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower, visitors can experience unparalleled views at 1,353 feet up in the air! See Chicago from a unique perspective up in the SkyDeck, open 365 days a year. This thrilling attraction presents top-rated exhibits, theater presentations, and more! Moreover, guests can step out on The Ledge’s glass boxes, which extend approximately 4.3 feet from the deck. Overall, guests can see four states, 50 miles, and 360-degree views.

5. 360 CHICAGO

360 CHICAGO enables guests to gaze at the city from 1,000 feet up in the air. Located on the 94th floor of the John Hancock Center, visitors can see stunning perspectives of Chicago and Lake Michigan.

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Take the 40-second ride in one of the country’s fastest elevators to the observation deck for the best views! Open daily from 9 am to 11 pm, experience one of the city’s best attractions when spending three days in Chicago. You can also see four neighboring states in the distance, as well as ride TILT, a one-of-a-kind tilting ride with awe-inspiring views.

6. Navy Pier

Don’t skip out on the Navy Pier! With so many attractions such as the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, the iconic Centennial Wheel, theme park rides, and the Chicago Children’s Museum, guests of all ages will love this entertainment center.

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You can also capture views of the river, city skyline, play a round of mini-golf, catch a movie in the Navy Pier IMAX at the AMC, and much more. Look out for concerts, free events, and seasonal events as well!

7. Adler Planetarium

All science buffs need to check out the Adler Planetarium, the nation’s first planetarium! Located on South Lakeshore Drive, the museum has plenty to offer intrigued visitors. The planetarium includes nine special exhibits, several theaters, the historic Atwood Sphere experience, and numerous enjoyable experiences for the whole family.

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We recommend checking out their live shows, which cover topics like the Big Bang, the moon’s influence on human creativity, and how the cosmos will appear in the future. When you get hungry, grab a bite at Café Galileo for sandwiches, salads, soups, and beyond.

The Field Museum

Head to the Field Museum to view a wide breadth and selection of objects and artifacts, as well as fascinating exhibitions. Connect with scientific discoveries and pieces of natural history with exhibits such as SUE, the most complete T-Rex skeleton, the famous Tsavo Lions, gorgeous gemstones and minerals, Ancient Egyptian artifacts, and much more! Note that the museum is open every day except for Christmas Day from 9 am to 5 pm. With over 100 years of curating experience, you don’t want to miss out on the Field Museum when you have three days in Chicago.

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