The awe-inspiring Chicago skyline seems to rise straight up from Lake Michigan. Looming above all other skyscrapers is the Willis Tower, the Western hemisphere’s tallest building. There, you can visit the Chicago Skydeck Ledge. Gather your courage and look straight down through a plexiglass floor 1,353 feet above ground.
If you prefer keeping your feet on the ground, head over to Grant Park where The Art Institute of Chicago awaits you. Dating back to 1876, it’s one of the oldest and largest fine art museums in the U.S. It’s home to some of the world’s most recognized and famous works, including Georges Seurat's A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, Pablo Picasso's The Old Guitarist, Edward Hopper's Nighthawks, and Grant Wood's American Gothic.
While you’re in Grant Park, make sure to stop by the Buckingham Fountain, and be sure to bring your camera. From April to October, there are regular water shows and evening color-light spectacles. During the holidays, it’s decked out with festive light displays.
When the sun goes down, Chicago is just getting started with a wide range of artistic and dining options. Live music lovers will want to check out Chicago’s legendary blues scene. Comedy fans can give their funny bones a workout at one of Chicago’s many comedy and improv clubs. Theatre buffs can catch touring companies’ Broadway shows or a number of local theatre options. Foodies can get their fill with restaurants that offer everything from haute cuisine to local favorites like piled-high hot dogs and deep-dish style pizza.
From iconic architecture to a wealth of cultural opportunities and world-class nightlife, whatever you’re in to, you’ll find it in Chicago.