Best Places to Visit in Chicago
Chicago has been shown in countless movies from The Blues Brothers to The Dark Knight. It's been immortalized in a song by Frank Sinatra. And it's one of the most lively and interesting cities you'll ever find. Here's a list of the best tourist places, attractions, and activities you can get into while you're there.
Tourist Attractions of Chicago
The best shopping can be found along Michigan Avenue. Here you'll find major franchises like Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy's, and the Apple Store. The inventory and size of these stores are much larger than anywhere else you'll find outside of the department stores of New York City. Even if you want to go for a stroll, you'll enjoy taking in the local architecture of famous buildings like the Wrigley Building and the Tribune Tower. It's why locals call this area "The Magnificent Mile."
Pizza at Giordano's
Just like New York is famous for its thin-crust pizza, Chicago is renowned as the home of deep-dish pizza. Since 1974, Giordano's Famous Stuffed Pizza has been hailed as the inventor of the deep-dish style and the only place that does it best. You can try the melted cheese and rich, flaky crust at one of several Giordano's restaurants throughout the city.
If you're a baseball fan, you've got two different teams to choose from: the Chicago Cubs in Wrigley Field and the Chicago White Sox in US Cellular Field. Or why not take in a football game with the Bears? Or a basketball game with the Bulls? There's always a game to attend when you're in the Windy City.
Located inside the Loop (Chicago's commercial district), Millennium Park is a key civic center and tourist destination. Bring your camera and get as many pictures as you can of the local art exhibits and amazing sculptures like Cloud Gate (affectionately known to locals as "The Bean"). Come for concerts, touring the gardens, or a nice drink and lunch at the Park Grill.
If you love the outdoors, then you'll love the vast Lakefront. This section of the town stretches from Navy Pier to North Avenue Beach. It's perfect for walking, jogging, and cycling. Going out onto the lake itself means plenty of opportunities for boat rides and soaking up some sun.
Signature Room Lounge
On the 96th floor of the John Hancock Center is a lounge that offers one of the best views of the entire city. Besides having some great drinks, the lounge is also far less expensive than the fees you'd have to pay for entering the John Hancock Observatory or the Skydeck.
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