Chicago, Illinois Attractions
It's called Chi-Town, the Windy City and the Second City, and Chicago, Illinois attractions bring tourists from around the world. No need to worry about finding things to do and see to match your travel tastes. Chicago, Illinois, attractions bring it all. From water attractions, jazz music venues, historic architecture, panoramic vies, restaurants offering food from most cultures, and museums that feature giant dinos bones and a human body sliced like a cake. Take a walk down Michigan Avenue along Lake Michigan and ride the amusement attractions at the city's Navy Pier. There's something in Chicago for everyone.
- The Field Museum. Sue, the remains of a giant dinosaur, is the star of the Chicago Field Museum and Sue is a featured attraction in special exhibits, including Waking the T. Rex, a 3-D experience. The museum first opened as part of the Columbian Exposition in 1893. After a name change in 1905, the museum took the moniker of its major benefactor, Marshall Fields, of department store fame and fortune. The natural history museum now shares a complex downtown with the Adler Planetarium and the John G. Shedd Aquarium. You can explore the temporary and permanent exhibits on weekdays or weekends, with special hours on an occasional weekday evening.
- Museum of Science and Industry. Visitors to Chicago, Illinois attractions find the Museum of Science and Industry, the largest museum in the western hemisphere, a treasure trove of exhibits, interactive displays and activities. The museum's permanent exhibits include a submarine, live science experiments, an Omnimax Theater showing specialized 3-D films, real aircraft, multi-car trains and during the winter holidays, a gigantic train layout that circles the lobby complete with a recreation of downtown Chicago.
- The Chicago Skydeck. Forget the title of this Chicago skydeck; it changes periodically when new owners buy the property. When in Chicago, Illinois, just ask for the skydeck and the locals will know what you mean. Everyone local knows the location. The skydeck offers a view from the tallest building in the western hemisphere and the third tallest structure in the world, all 1,353 feet of it. The skydesk on the 103rd floor is open 365 days a year and offers a place to learn about the city sights you see. The deck also offers the perfect location to take photos of other Chicago, Illinois attractions.
- The Theater District. Chicago takes their theater district seriously and historical societies and developers have spent millions on restoring Chicago's vintage theaters. Stop in at the Chicago Theatre, Goodman, Million Dollar Quartet or the Broadway Playhouse. If you're a comedy fan, head over to the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, once the stage company for John Malkovich and Gary Sinise. Better yet, take a historic theater tour and hit all the venues to hear about the architecture and then take in a afternoon show or evening performance.
- Shopping Mania. For shoppers, Chicago, Illinois, attractions include the list of major retail department stores in the United States. A walk down Michigan Avenue is enough to put some fans of shopping into a heavenly buzz. During the winter holiday season, it doesn't matter if you hate to shop, you'll enjoy the holiday window displays featuring animated holiday decorations that dazzle both kids and adults. The stores, the streetlights and the display windows are decorated to the max. North Michigan Avenue features shops by Tiffany, Pottery Barn, Van Cleef and Arpels, Ralph Lauren and Crate an Barrel.