Chicago Fall Attractions

Chicago Attractions

Autumn is a wonderful time to visit the Windy City. The long lines of the summer have died down, and the cool air is a refreshing change from the humidity and heat of the last few months. But there are so many things to see and do in Chicago during the fall that it can be hard to pick just a few attractions to visit or museums to explore. So why not check out our perfect fall itinerary? Filled with top Chicago attractions and handy insider tips, this guide is sure to be of use. Enjoy the great outdoors before the chill of winter sets in. Chicago in the fall is perfect for invigorating walks and refreshing bike rides! Pick up a bike rental from Navy Pier and enjoy a leisurely waterfront ride. Or, hop aboard the ever-popular Architecture Cruise before the famed Chicago River gets a bit too cold to harbor visitors. Be sure to wear at least a medium-weight jacket and bring a scarf and … [Read more...]

Inaugural Chicago Fire Festival Coming this October

Chicago Fire Festival

Coming this October, the latest and greatest Chicago attraction is the Chicago Fire Festival (no, it has nothing to do with the MLS team). Designed as a testament to Chicago’s growth, resiliency, and cultural diversity in the 140+ years since the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, this brand new festival is going to really knock your socks off. From exciting fire sculptures to themed entertainment and kids’ activities, the Chicago Fire Festival has got it all. The Chicago Fire Festival will be held on Saturday, October 4th on the Chicago Riverwalk. The culmination of a series of neighborhood summer festivals, this event is going to be the icing on the cake. From performances and exhibitions by hundreds of entertainers (my favorite is the Steampunk-themed boat) to the eclectic and family-friendship River Bazaar (filled with local artisans, food, and drink), it’s an entire day of … [Read more...]

Shark Week at the Shedd Aquarium

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Deep in the waters of the earth’s massive oceans, more than 300 species of sharks live in a shroud of mystery and myth. From coral reefs in the Indian Ocean to Caribbean Sea, sharks hunt their prey, scavenge for food, and stealthily roam the waters enjoying their status at the top of the ocean’s natural food chain. However, there’s a lot about sharks that you may not know. According to the experts at the Shedd Aquarium, there are a lot of misconceptions out there surrounding these feared creatures. That’s why—just in time for the Discovery Channel’s annual Shark Week—the Shedd Aquarium is hosting the Shark Week “Shedd-ule” of Events. In fact, the Shedd Aquarium’s events are already underway. On July 5th, Shedd launched Shark Feeding Tour: Behind the Scenes in Wild Reef. On Saturday and Sunday mornings, embark on a 60-minute guided exploration to discover exactly … [Read more...]

Best Chicago Restaurants

Best Chicago Restaurants

Chicago has an excellent reputation for inventive, delicious cuisine that never fails to amaze. Here are a few of our recommendations for the best restaurants in Chicago.  We’ve included a diverse selection of eateries to appeal to a variety of diners, from families with kids to couples looking for something unique and romantic. Restaurants are located in Chicago and are within a short drive or walk from local attractions, so you can stop for dinner or lunch as part of a larger plan. For Families Harry Caray's 7th Inning Stretch www.harrycarays.com 835 North Michigan Avenue Level 7 Chicago, IL 60611                                     Fun, informal American Nearby Attractions: 360 CHICAGO, Water Tower Place Mall, Michigan Avenue Pizzaria da Nella http://pizzeriadanella.com 1443 West Fullerton Avenue Chicago, IL 60614 Neapolitan-style pizza Nearby … [Read more...]

“TILT” Opens at 360 Chicago!

360 Chicago

The most exciting new Chicago attraction of the year is TILT! It’s been called epic. One-of-a-kind. An absolute must-do for the whole family. Most importantly, it’s a brand new way to see Chicago. An exciting new part of the redesigned 360 Chicago (formerly the John Hancock Observatory), TILT is an architectural and visual marvel. It’s a separately enclosed platform on the south end of the building that slowly tilts forward to give visitors a stunning view of Chicago’s urban skyline from 1000 feet above. Designed with state-of-the-art technology to make each trip as thrilling and as safe as possible, TILT is the only attraction of its kind in Chicago. 360 Chicago is among the most popular Chicago attractions, famed for its stunning views and exciting visual technologies. Learn about the history of the building and the city at large through newly redesigned interactive … [Read more...]

Chicago July 4th 2014 Attractions

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With the Fourth of July falling conveniently on a Friday this year, you have the perfect opportunity to spend a long weekend in Chicago – a city known for its festive summer celebrations. Extravagant fireworks displays and music festivals are the hallmark activities, and you’ll find plenty to do in any of Chicago’s many diverse neighborhoods. Take a look at some of the most popular upcoming events for the Fourth! By far the most popular fireworks attraction is the Navy Pier display, hosted by the Illinois Lottery. The explosive event is more elaborate than the weekly summer presentations, so you’re in for a treat even if you’ve been lucky enough to catch them on another night over the summer. Head to the Pier or Millennium Park for the best views – but be warned the crowds will be fierce. JulyFourth.com is celebrating with Freedom Fest 2014 atop the Navy Pier Rooftop … [Read more...]

Millennium Park Celebrates 10th Anniversary!

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2014 is a big year for Chicago. In addition to ushering in new attractions, exciting theatrical debuts, and inspiring art exhibits, this summer also marks the 10th anniversary of one of their most famous landmarks, the iconic Millennium Park! It’s one of the most visited Chicago attractions each year, attracting millions of visitors from all over the world. This 24.5-acre urban paradise was first imagined in 1997, when Mayor Richard Daley envisioned replacing old rail yards and dead space with a centrally located public space for Chicagoans to come together for art, music, and outdoor fun. In conjunction with renowned architect and visionary designer Frank Gehry, the city designed a truly modern park space that would include a music pavilion, public works of art, elaborate fountains, bike paths, and cultivated gardens. The park officially opened to the public in July of … [Read more...]

Top Chicago Tourist Attractions

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Chicago is a city known for a variety of characteristics: innovative architecture, deep cultural and musical roots, the headstrong pride of its inhabitants—of course—its numerous tourist attractions. The top Chicago attractions are as vast and varied as the city wherein they reside. This makes Chicago a fun and dynamic vacation destination for visitors because there’s always something new to do and something everyone in the family will enjoy. Moreover, you can see all the sites for one low price with a convenient Chicago attractions pass. Must-See Attractions for First-Time Visitors If you’re new to Chicago, there are certain attractions that lay the foundation for a spectacular trip. For starters, any tourist new to the city should get a view from above via the famous Willis Tower SkyDeck Chicago (atop the former Sears Tower). Not only is Willis Tower the tallest building … [Read more...]

Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2014

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Chicago’s St. Patty’s Day Parade is one of the most popular in the country—due in part to the dyeing of the Chicago River that turns the water running through the city a bright Emerald green! If you’ll be visiting Chicago during St. Patrick’s Day or you live nearby but have never been to the parade, this guide is the key to a fun, family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day at the parade, including suggestions for other Chicago attractions to round out your weekend. When is the parade? Rain or shine, the parade will start at noon on Saturday, March 15, 2014. Typically, the parade lasts for about three hours. Can we watch the river dyeing take place? Yes! Almost as exciting as the parade itself, the “Dyeing of the Chicago River” is a ritual that you’re not likely to experience on any other occasion. The tradition takes place at 10:45 AM before the parade, and the river stays … [Read more...]

Chicago Attractions List

Chicago vacation tips

Now that Chicago's frigid winter has mellowed into a tolerable February and a mild March lingers, it's the perfect time to start planning your Chicago vacation. The Chicago attractions that fill the Mid-western city with vivacity and brilliance have been under wraps for too long this winter, and Chi-town natives and tourists alike are eager to welcome spring in the city. From the Chicago Skyway, the city can look like a bit intimidating with its overwhelming industrial sprawl, but it won't take long for you to realize that's just the superficial mask on a city that's full of diverse and charming neighborhoods, each with its own unique vibe. In the Art Institute in "The Loop", three top museums in Museum Campus, and Chicago's well-known zoo in Lincoln Park. Of course, there's plenty more to do in Chicago. Check out the 26 attractions and tours accessible at discounted prices with a … [Read more...]