Chicago tourist sights: Things to do

The United States is a place that embraces many people’s dreams. People from almost every country want to live in this great country, or at least see it. If your trip is to Chicago, so where to see and what to do in this city?

O’Hare airport

Chicago, the third largest city in the United States, is the largest city in Illinois. O’Hare airport is 17 miles from the city center and there are many options to get to the center. The first option is transit trains. With these 24-hour trains you can reach the city center in 45 minutes. The cost of these trains is about $ 2.

If you prefer a taxi, you might have to pay $ 35 for a half-hour trip. Another option is airport buses. The fee for these buses is around $ 20.

There is a second international airport in Chicago, the Midway airport. There are many alternatives to reach the city center from Midway airport. Bus, taxi, bicycle and car rental are some of these options. The cost of reaching this airport by taxi is about $ 30.

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Where to stay in Chicago?

If you are looking for a good hotel in a place you do not know, the first place you should look is an online booking site. Hundreds of reviews about the hotel will guide you and you’ll make the right choice. In this big city, wherever you stay, you can arrive in a short period of time, thanks to the widespread urban transport. For this reason, the most important criterion when choosing a hotel should be the comments made about the hotel before.

When to go?

There is a season when every city is more beautiful then ever. Summer is the right season for this city. I’m sure you do not want to be in Chicago in a cold winter month. Otherwise you can not get out of your hotel. But when summer arrives, this city is almost revitalized and renewed. Everywhere there are festivals, entertainment and a curious crowd. You can sunbathe on Michigan’s lake shore and do lots of water sports.

Must see places

Before I tell you these places, I am writing in a list:

– The Art Institute of Chicago

– Millenium Park

– City Outlets of Chicago

– Navy Pier

– The Bean

– Sears Tower

– John Hancock Building

– Magnificent Mile

– Hancock Tower

– Chicago Theater

– Oak Street Beach

– Lincoln Park

– Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio

– Chicago Museum of Science and Industry

– Brookfield Zoo

– Bronzeville

– Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum

– Hyde Park

– Grant Park

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Hancock tower

This huge 100-storey building promises you a unique Chicago view. The 94th floor is a restaurant with shopping centers in it. If the restaurant is very attractive, this is the view you are offering beside your meal. Here, you can take some of the most beautiful photos of Lake Michigan.

Sears tower (Willis tower)

The Tower of Willis, also known as the Sears tower, is the second highest building in the united states. If you are going to visit this 108-storey building and have a fear of height, it’s worthwhile to think twice. Because there is a glass balcony waiting for you on the 103rd floor of this building. The cost of this glass balcony, which is called Skydeck is $ 19.

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Navy Pier

If you come to Chicago with your children, or if you miss your childhood, you should go here. You can also take a boat tour of the Navy pier, which boasts a very large amusement park.

Millenium Park

This park hosts The Bean, one of the city’s most important icons. The bean is like a sculpture and a huge bean. This sculpture is also a mirror and one of the things you need to see. There are frequent public concerts in this park. If you come across one, I suggest you watch it.

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Water Tower

This is a storehouse of water needs in Chicago in the 19th century. It is currently working as a museum and tourist office. This building is one of the rare works left over from the great Chicago fire. This historic building is located in a district of Michigan Street, which is also known as the Magnificent Mile. The Magnificent Mile is a place where restaurants, entertainment centers and shopping malls take place and you can find the heart of the city.

What to eat in Chicago?

If you are going to a city for a short time, eating is probably the most important activity to do. You should always choose local dishes and give a luck to new flavors. But in Chicago, things change a bit. Because the local flavors of American foods are also consumed in other countries around the world.

If you are in America and wondering what to eat in this country, our response will of course be the  fast food. McDonald’s, which is in every major city on Earth has opened its first restaurant in Chicago. Apart from that, it is possible to find everything you seek on world cuisine in this city. The options are too many and fit every budget. The best restaurants in the city can be found around Lincoln Park.

Chicago and shopping

The most attractive aspect of this city is the possibility of shopping for people. If you are traveling with a woman on your side, you might want to extend your travel plan for a few days. All world famous brands have a store in Chicago and you can explore dozens of stores that you have never heard of before.

The best places to shop are Magnificent Mile, Water Tower Place, Nordstrom and State Street.

In-city transportation

When you are in a new city as a tourist, the first thing that will confuse you is city transportation. No matter how much planning you do, if you do not know how to get to your route by the easiest way, you can get extra tired.

You can reach all parts of the city by metro and bus lines. On the first day of city visit, we suggest you take a city map and examine the settlement of the streets. You will see that this big city actually has understandable and orderly ways. So you can walk to places close to you.

Chicago festivals

This is a festival town. If there is a festival that matches your holiday, I suggest you not to miss it. The main festivals of the city are as follows:

– Lollapalooza Music Festival in Grand Park, August

– The world’s second-largest food festival, Taste of Chicago, July

– St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, March

– Chicago jazz festival, September

– Chicago marathon, October

– Chicago Blues Festival, June

– Music Without Borders Festival, June

Final tips for Chicago

– This city is also known as the windy city. Be prepared for the wind that will come out at any moment.

– Walk in the Magnificent Mile.

– Visit of the glass balcony in the Sears tower and look down.

– Go to the United Center and see the statue of Michael Jordan.

– Try the Deepdish pizza.

– If you have children with you, go to Navy Pier and have some fun. Even if you do not have children, go!

– Do water sports in Lake Michigan.

– Everything is huge here! Meals, buildings, roads and everything else.

– The most important public institution in the city is Fire Department. If you have the opportunity, go to the fire station and ask them how they work.

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