Chicago: sights for a city trip

Chicago is the largest city in the state of Illinois and, with more than 2.7 million inhabitants (source: US Census Bureau, 2015), the third largest city in the United States of America. The ‘Windy City’ is a feast for the eyes for lovers of beautiful buildings, as the city is filled with beautiful architectural delights. Chicago, one of the capitals of the blues and jazz music movements, has plenty to offer for a varied visit. What are the best sights you must see during a city trip to the city?

Contents

  • Chicago as a city trip: what are the sights?
  • Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum
  • Arts Institute of Chicago
  • John Hancock Center
  • Magnificent Mile
  • Millennium Park
  • WillisTower
  • Wrigley Field

 

Chicago as a city trip: what are the sights?

Located on Lake Michigan (Lake Michigan), Chicago has a lot to offer visitors. The city is definitely recommended for old and especially new architecture, the best museums, live jazz or blues music, culinary delights, a vibrant nightlife and 24-hour entertainment. Most tourist attractions can be found within the commercial city center of the Loop. The sights below can all be found in or just outside ‘the Loop’.

Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum

In this museum located on Lake Michigan, visitors learn about the universe. A large fake starry sky has been created: a planetarium.

  • Address: Museum Campus, 1300 S Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL
  • Opening hours 2017: 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM (every day)
  • Entrance fee 2017: $12 (12-64 years), $8 (children from 3 to 11 years), up to 3 years and from 65 years free.

 

Arts Institute of Chicago

Located in the Loop, this museum is considered by many to be the best art museum in the United States. The immense museum has a large collection of well-known works of art, mainly from the Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and American art periods. Paintings by Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet and Henri Matisse, among others, are exhibited here. A fun fact: the legendary Route 66, which leads all the way to Los Angeles, starts across the street.

  • Address: 111 S Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL
  • Opening hours 2017: Friday to Wednesday: 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM, Thursday: 10:30 AM – 8:00 PM (closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day)
  • 2017 admission: $25 (adults), $19 (youth ages 14 to 17 and students), under 14 free

 

John Hancock Center

The John Hancock Center, at 344 meters high, offers a beautiful view of the city. A high-speed elevator takes you to 94 floors in under a minute. From a large viewing platform (called: 360 Chicago) you can view the city from all sides.

  • Address: 875 N Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL
  • Opening hours 2017: 09:00 – 23:00 (every day)
  • 2017 admission: $20.50 (adults), $13.50 (children ages 3 to 11), under 3 free.

 

Magnificent Mile

Shopping enthusiasts can indulge themselves on the Magnificent Mile. This part of the Michigan Avenue shopping street is the popular shopping area in downtown Chicago. Well-known chains such as H&M and Zara have a store here, but expensive brands such as Armani, Chanel and Gucci are also represented here with a shop. The popular landmark John Hancock Center stands at the end of the Magnificent Mile.

  • Address: N Michigan Avenue ‘Magnificent Mile’, Chicago, IL

 

Millennium Park

Millennium Park is the place where Chicago residents come together in the summer and enjoy the beautifully landscaped green meadows, the open-air theater and the water fun that the park offers. In the park you will also find the Cloud Gate, also called the Bean. This silver-colored, bean-shaped, modern work of art was completed in 2006 and the mirror image of the bean offers visitors a distinct view of the city skyline.

  • Address: 201 E Randolph Street, Chicago, IL
  • Opening hours 2017: 24 hours a day, every day.
  • Entrance fee 2017: Free

 

WillisTower

The Willis Tower (until 2009 called Sears Tower) is in 2017 the tallest building in Chicago at 527 meters. Until 1998, this skyscraper was even the tallest building in the world. The black tower is served by 104 elevators that take visitors to and from the 108 floors. The viewing platform on the 103rd floor is the tourist attraction in the building and offers breathtaking views of the city and beyond. In addition, the Willis Tower has a very exciting attraction for the real thrill seeker; theLedge. On a glass balcony you can look down 412 meters through the transparent floor.

  • Address: 233 S Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL
  • Opening hours 2017:
  • March – September: 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM (every day)
  • October – February: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM (every day)
  • Entrance fee 2017: $23 (ages 12 and up), $15 (children ages 3 to 11), up to 3 years free.

 

Wrigley Field

The Wrigley Field stadium, opened in 1916, is the home base for Chicago’s baseball club; Chicago Cubs. The legendary stadium has been used many times as a backdrop for films. Wrigley Field, which is located in the middle of a residential area, can accommodate more than 41,000 visitors. Grandstands have even been placed on the roofs of adjacent buildings. The stadium is easily accessible by public transport. For a typical American outing, a Chicago Cubs match is highly recommended.

  • Address: 1060 W Addison Street, Chicago, IL