Things to do
Stretching out into blue Lake Michigan, you’ll find Navy Pier. This old shipping dock is over 3000 feet and packed with activities: a Ferris wheel with sweeping city views, a children’s museum, a Shakespearean theatre and a heap of shops and restaurants. It can keep you busy, but it’s also a nice place just for a walk and sightsee. For a landmark with a truly impressive view, visit the tallest building in America
: Willis Tower. You’ll be able to see Chicago from 1,353 feet in the air and battle vertigo by standing in one of the Skydeck’s glass boxes.
With more than 300,000 works of art, the Art Institute of Chicago has been called “the number one museum in the world”. It has famous works by Claude Monet, Grant Wood and Henri Matisse. The Field Museum of Natural History is one of the largest of its kind in the world, with an ancient Egyptian tomb, a DNA Discovery Centre and the biggest T-Rex skeleton on earth.
If you’re a baseball fan, catch a game at Wrigley Field, the home of the Chicago Cubs. Footy lovers can watch the Chicago Bears play a home game at Soldier Field.
Check out one of Chicago’s lovely parks like Grant Park, Lincoln Park (which comes with its own zoo) and Millennium Park. At night-time, Chicago keeps the pace lively with cocktail bars, karaoke clubs, rooftop lounges, craft beer bars and live music venues with blues, jazz, indie and hip-hop.
Shopping and dining
Chicago has shopping throughout the city, but the centre of the action is the Magnificent Mile, with fashion, jewellery, shoes, gifts and anything else you may be looking for. Chicago has a dazzling amount of dining to offer, from the famous local deep dish pizzas to international cuisine, trendy gourmet restaurants, celebrity chefs, al fresco dining... you really need to go there to get the picture.
Getting here and around
Book one of our cheap flights to Chicago
to get started. Downtown Chicago is easy to walk around and also has the country’s second largest public transport network, making it simple to navigate the city by train or bus. Take your pick from our Chicago accommodation for as much fun as you can bear!