Although it might be known as the Second City, Chicago is certainly a first-rate place to spend the 4th of July. Known for hot dogs, deep-dish pizza and its loyal sports fans, there’s a lot more to do than simply getting great food and catching a ballgame. All of the great Chicago Attractions that the city has to offer are sure to keep you entertained on Independence Day.
One of the city’s best attractions is the Shedd Aquarium. Shedd was the first inland aquarium with a permanent saltwater collection and the millions of gallons of water that fill its tanks were shipped by rail from Florida. A national historic landmark, the Shedd Aquarium has been restored and updated many times since it first opened in 1930 and it continues to set new standards for the zoo and aquarium community.
There are tons of cool exhibits to investigate including Waters of the World, Great Lakes, Caribbean Reef, Amazon Rising’s flooded forest, and the Polar Play Zone. There’s also a special exhibit, Jellies, where guests can learn everything there is to know about a species that has thrived in the Earth’s oceans for more than 500 million years despite not having blood, bones, or brains. Not a bad way to spend Independence Day!
Another top Chicago Attraction is the Navy Pier. Since opening in 1995, the Navy Pier has brought thousands of international and domestic tourists to the shore of Lake Michigan. The park is the perfect destination for the entire family and will surely be a great place to enjoy the 4th of July. There are tons of great rides to go on including the Navy Pier Carousel, Navy Pier Ferris, Navy Pier Wave Swinger and The Light House at Navy Pier: There’s also a miniature golf course featuring 18, Chicago-themed holes.
One more way to spend the special day would be taking one of the world-renowned Chicago Architecture Tours. Run by the Chicago Architecture Foundation, there are more than 90 tours to choose from and they are offered via boat, bus, bicycle, and Segway. (There are also walking tours of course!) The most popular Chicago Architecture Tour is the Architecture River Cruise aboard Chicago’s First Lady.