Complete your visit to Chicago with a visit to the world-famous Wrigley Field. The iconic landmark is well known for many fascinating reasons beyond being the Chicago Cubs stadium. The outfield walls covered in ivy, the red marquee sign hanging directly over the main entrance, and the original 1937 hand-turned scoreboard above the centerfield bleachers are just a few of the most noteworthy features you’ll notice once you visit the stadium.
If you are lucky enough to catch a game at Wrigley Field, you’ll witness the thrill of Chicago suddenly coming alive. Loyal fans can be seen filling the stadium on game day, proud to have ended their 108-year losing streak when their beloved team finally won the 2016 World Series Championship for the first time since 1908. And no matter where you decide to sit, new renovations of the Cubs stadium will make your experience full of fun and entertainment for the whole family with upgraded concession areas and a two-story retail complex.
If you’re visiting Chicago with your family or venturing on your own, you’ll want to plan time to explore one of the most popular parks in the city. Millennium Park is 24.5 acres of pure entertainment located right off the banks of the Lake Michigan shoreline. With an estimated 25 million visitors descending upon the Chicago park every year, there’s plenty to see and do at this one-of-a-kind attraction full of extraordinary architecture and art.
Located in the park center is the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, an outdoor music pavilion designed by architect Frank Gehry. Shows can be enjoyed by reserving seats in advance, and if the timing is right, you could grab a picnic and catch a rehearsal for free. Just make your way to the beautifully kept Great Lawn that extends beyond the bandshell to find a place to sit.
For those interested in seeing art while in Chicago, Millennium Park is home to numerous sculptural exhibitions. The most recognizable piece of art in Millennium Park is known as “The Bean.” Chicago’s “Cloud Gate” sculpture is literally shaped like an upside-down silver bean and is by far one of the best places to take a fun family photo or one-of-a-kind selfie.
Having recently celebrated its centennial anniversary, Navy Pier is considered Chicago’s top tourist attraction. Offering countless indoor and outdoor activities, visitors of the pier are kept entertained for hours on end.
When the weather is good, you can start your experience of the park with a carousel ride or buy a few tokens to navigate one of the remote-control boats located near the Pepsi Wave Swinger. Then take in the views of Chicago from the Navy Pier Ferris Wheel that raises you 15 stories high above the city lights. Amazing Chicago’s Funhouse Maze will keep you on your toes with 4,000 square feet of tunnels and mazes to solve. And if you’re looking for some fun for everyone, the Chicago Children’s Museum has plenty of interactive exhibits and programs for art, culture, literacy and science.
Tourists and locals alike will tell you one of the best things to do in Chicago is to experience the city from the water. Numerous tours cast off from Navy Pier, giving you the opportunity to explore Lake Michigan and the Chicago River. From the boat, you can marvel at Chicago’s skyline and get an excellent look at the architectural brilliance of this vibrant Midwestern city.