It seems like there is always something to do in Chicago, and while that is true for many large cities, it is especially true for the Windy City. My frequent trips to Chicago has allowed me to experience many of them, including sporting events at each of the four major stadiums that are home to the Cubs, Bulls, Blackhawks, Bears, and White Sox. Nevertheless, here are my five favorite spots in the city.
5. Shedd Aquarium
Voted as “one of America’s most captivating aquariums” by Forbes Traveler, the Shedd Aquarium is one of the most popular aquatic zoos in the world. With over 32,500 species of aquatic creatures, there is plenty to keep you interested all day, even all weekend. My favorite part about Shedd is the show featuring beluga whales and dolphins that is located in its beautiful three-level Oceanarium. It would be an understatement to call this place mesmerizing. It is truly a see-it-to-believe-it type of experience.
4. Second City
The Second City is arguably the most popular sketch comedy club in the United States. With famous alumni that range from Alan Alda and John Candy to Stephen Colbert and Tina Fey, this place has produced some of the funniest people in Hollywood. There is not much else to say about this place. Simply put, if you enjoy laughing, you must go see a show when you’re in town.
3. Wrigley Field
Wrigley Field is one of my favorite places in the entire world. Being a big sports fan, there aren’t many stadiums or arenas in sports that can rival the historical nature of the Cubs’ longtime home. The ivy-covered walls and the classic scoreboard carry on its storied tradition, but the Ricketts’ family had implemented some much-needed renovations and upgrades to once again, cement Wrigley as one of the best stadiums in all of sports.
2. Millennium Park
Millennium Park is a 25-acre lot of amazing architecture and iconic landmarks. During the summer, you can take a selfie through the reflection of the world-famous Bean, and in the winter, you can skate under the twinkling lights of the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink. Before picnicking on the beautiful green grass, don’t forget to snap a photo in front of the Cloud Gate, which has become Chicago’s signature landmark. Then, lay down and peer up at the towering skyscrapers that surround Millennium Park.
1. Art Institute of Chicago
Whether you are a fan of art or not, you must visit the Art Institute of Chicago next time you are in town. TripAdvisor has ranked it among the top museums in the world and for good reason. It is home to the greatest collection of impressionist paintings outside of Paris, France. Some of the paintings displayed include works by Monet, Renoir, and Van Gogh. I have yet to visit Chicago without taking a stroll through the Art Institute. It seriously never gets old.