8 Amazing Places To See in Chicago May 9, 2017 by Sarah (Awesome Escape Blogger)
Chicago is one of the great American cities, one of those places that you just need to visit at least once in your life. There are so many attractions in the city, iconic venues, and historical landmarks, there’s never a dull moment when you’re visiting the “Windy City!”
Cloud Gate is probably the biggest tourist attraction in Chicago! The iconic artwork at the center of Millennium Park is a favorite site for photographs as the surface provides a perfect reflection of Chicago’s stunning skyline. The giant sculpture measures 33 feet by 66 feet by 42 feet. Cloud Gate was designed and installed between 2004 and 2006 by Indian-born British artist Anish Kapoor and nicknamed The Bean by Chicagoans
The Magnificent Mile
The Magnificent Mile is one of Chicago’s biggest attractions. It’s one of the greatest urban avenues in the world and is one of the Top 10 hospitality, dining and retail destinations in the world. It has endless shopping, international cuisine, top rated hotels, lively entertainment, and beautiful architecture.
The Chicago Riverwalk
The Chicago Riverwalk is an open pedestrian waterfront located on the south bank of the Chicago River. The Riverwalk is known as the city’s “second lakefront” and has restaurants, seating areas, boat rentals, and a lot of other activities. The riverfront is so popular it’s actually expanding to include another six city blocks, including floating gardens, a bridge, and fishing piers. A great place to spend some quiet time with your loved ones!
The Museum of Contemporary Art
The Museum of Contemporary Art has been around since 1967 and is still one of the most popular places in Chicago to this day. The MCA is one of the world’s largest contemporary art venues. There are thousands of pieces of Post-World War II visual art. In 2015, they housed a David Bowie exhibit, which attracted over 193,000 attendees. The museum has pieces from Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Cindy Sherman, Kara Walker, and Alexander Calder.
Wrigley Field is Chicago’s MLB ball field, home to the Chicago Cubs. It was built in 1914 and the Cubs played their first game there in 1916. The stadium is a temple of Americana, known for its ivy-covered brick outfield wall, the red marquee over the main entrance, and the hand-tuned scoreboard. Wrigley Field is so old school it was the last MLB park to have lights installed for play after dark (finally installed in 1988). If you can find tickets, you have to catch a game at this legendary stadium.
Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place
This playhouse is formally known as Drury Lane Theater Water Tower Place and first opened its doors in 1976. The playhouse closed in 1983 and became a movie theater before it reopened in 2010. Since then, the playhouse has shown a variety of new and different shows. Grab some last minute tickets and see a play while you’re in town!
Buckingham Fountain is located in the center of Grant Park. It’s one of the largest fountains in the world and was inspired by the Latona Fountain at the Palace of Versailles. The fountain runs from April until October and has regular water and light shows in the evenings.
The Smart Museum of Art
The David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art is a museum located on the campus of the University of Chicago. Originally the museum was associated the college’s art history department, now, the gallery is open to the entire community. The Smart Musem has an amazing permanent collection of over 10,000 pieces, including some from Goya, Frank Lloyd Wright, Auguste Rodin, Picasso, and Mark Rothko. The best part? Admission is free! So don't miss out on these stellar attractions on your trip to Chicago. Art, sports, shopping, and more - there’s something for everyone in the Windy City.