After New York and L.A, the city of Chicago is the third-largest metropolis in the United States. With close to three million residents, it’s filled with interesting and fun things to keep you busy. There’s a rich culture of art, science, architecture, and sports history to soak in. In short, there’s definitely something to appease every interest. Whether you’re into relaxing in the sun, checking out a ballgame, or shopping for designer fashion, Chicago has you covered. Here are 12 of the coolest things you should make time for when you visit the Windy City.
12. Navy Pier
The Navy Pier is one of Chicago’s most recognizable landmarks. Extending out into Lake Michigan, the Pier offers a ton of family friendly attractions. There is, of course, the 200-foot tall Ferris wheel. Closer to the ground, you’ll find shopping, restaurants, a carousel, and even a mini-golf course. There’s also the Chicago’s Children Museum, filled with interactive displays.
Navy Pier is also a great place to visit without the kids. There’s plenty of pubs and places to grab a drink. There is a regular schedule of small concerts or you could catch a performance at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. In the summer months (and on New Year’s Eve), the Pier is a great place to watch special fireworks shows.