Trip Plan Details
- Skating in the Sky (@ John Hancock Center)875 N Michiganrecommended Skating in the Sky (@ John Hancock Center)The world's highest synthetic ice skating rink located at more than 1,000 feet in the air on the 94th floor - enjoy a backdrop of the entire cityscape. Great for kids, sometimes the Blackhawks even ... read morehost skating classes!Recommended for:Family Travelers
- Millennium Park201 East Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601-6530recommended Millennium ParkCheck out the famous bean structure at Millenium Park as well as the constant changing faces on the fountain here. In the nice warm summer nights they have concerts in the pavilion where you can also ... read morebring a picnic and have dinner while listening to some great music. In the winter, you have to go ice skating at the rink at least once.Recommended for:
- Robie House5757 South Woodlawn Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637-1602recommended Robie HouseAlthough the tour guides are very well-informed and knowledgeable, this is one of the smaller Frank Lloyd Wright houses. It does have some of the stained glass windows and open doors he is known for, ... read morebut it was not as impressive as some of his others. This house is three stories, but tours only cover the first two stories, leaving the bedrooms unexplored (unless you're on a special tour).Recommended for:
- Second City1616 North Wells Street, Chicago, IL 60614recommended Second CityIf you like improv, you can't go wrong with The Second City--in fact, a bunch of SNL actors got there start with the company. The show lasts about two hours and focuses on political and social satire ... read morewith help from the audience. Be sure to buy tix in advance--they usually sellout a week or two before each show.Liza Prado
Some more info on this show, just in case you decide to go....
- Museum of Contemporary Art220 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2604recommended Museum of Contemporary ArtIf you like contemporary art (I mean contemporary, now stuff, not Modern) and you like being challenged, this is a great place to spend a few edifying hours. It's an easy walk from the El and near the ... read moreHancock center as well.Recommended for:Art & Design Lovers
- American Science & Surplus5316 North Milwaukee Avenuerecommended American Science & SurplusIf you're a tinkerer, or maybe a geezer (I aspire to become one) or you just love parts and bits and tools and instruments at great clearance prices, this place is for you. Browse bins of drives and ... read morewheels, kits and models, motors and pumps, and even robot parts. It all screams potential. Conveniently located near O'Hare Airport.Recommended for:Budget Travelers
- Devon AvenueWest Devon Street and North Western Streetrecommended Devon AvenueDevon runs east-west on Chicago's north side. It's a great street to walk, full of ethnic shops and restaurants. Walking east from Kedzie you'll find an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood, then Russian ... read moreAmerican, Indian American, Pakistani, and Bangladeshi neighborhoods. I once had a great time shopping with my sister who was looking for silk sari pants. You might enjoy the Indian sweets shops.
- Museum of Science and Industry5700 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60637-2003recommended Museum of Science and IndustryThis is the coolest science museum ever. They have huge and awesome experiments / demonstrations for you to play with and look at, and the captured German U-boat on display is really cool as well.Recommended for:
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The Chinese New Year Parade (Year of the Snake!) is on February 17th at 1pm. http://www.chicagochinatown.org/
- Art Institute of Chicago111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60603-6110recommended Art Institute of ChicagoThe Chagall windows are the best part, and A Sunday on La Grande Jatte has recently returned. Nighthawks and American Gothic are in the American Wing. Don't miss the Miniatures Room downstairs: the ... read morestaircase is right past the ticket checkers and easy to miss. The museum sometimes has free days throughout the year, and Thursday evenings from 5pm to 8pm are free for Illinois residents. They switch up the free days, so check the website for the latest free days. Chicago and Illinois residents get discounts every day regardless. The Art Institute is part of the CityPass and GoChicago Card which gives you free or reduced access to many of the popular Chicago attractions.Recommended for:
- Navy Pier Ferris Wheel600 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-3426recommended Navy Pier Ferris WheelChicago had the world's first ferris wheel, which opened at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Read all about it in _Devil in the White City_. This isn't the same ferris wheel, but it's what I ... read morethink about during the ride. I don't think it was an accident that Ferris Bueller and Chicago went together, either.Recommended for:
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I just created a 36 Hours in Chicago Guide (find it through my profile if the link doesn't show up). There's a lot of eating in it, but no boozing. http://www.gogobot.com/joseph-coureur-josephs-36-hours-in-chicago
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When the weather gets nice, I want to kayak the Chicago River. I've been meaning to do that for years.
- Skydeck Chicago233 South Wacker Drive, Chicago, ILrecommended Skydeck ChicagoThe Skydeck on the 103rd Floor of the Sears Tower offers views of four states and one Great Lake on a good day. You're at the top of the tallest building in North America and the third tallest in the ... read moreworld (as of 2012). There's a portion where you can stand on a glass ledge and look down a thousand feet onto Chicago.Recommended for:
- Grant Park337 East Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601-7403
- Blue Man Group ShowBriar Street Theatre 3133 North Halsted Street, Chicago, ILrecommended Blue Man Group ShowIt's a total experience of music, percussion, pantomime and out-and-out weirdness; and it's also some of the most fun you can have in the city of Chicago. The Blue Man Group is a delightful and ... read moreconsistently unexpected show, and if you've got a heart in your chest it's quite likely you'll leave the theatre tingling with seriously good vibes: No joke.Recommended for:Nightlife LoversMatthew Crompton
Yep- it's not an underground phenomenon anymore. Still, this show is one of the most memorable and lively theatre experiences on Earth.
- Bahai TempleWilmette, Illinoisrecommended Bahai TempleThe oldest Baha'i temple in the world, and the only one in the United States, both the grounds of the complex in a northern suburb of Chicago, and the temple building itself, are quite lovely. Baha'i ... read moreis an inclusive, non-denominational religious faith, and the beautiful white dome of the temple with its extensive, intricate carvings is a great place for silent reflection and meditation. If you're looking for something a little different in the Chicago area, it's more than worth the visit.Matthew Crompton
Personally, think this is pretty awesome as a one-off.
- Architecture River Cruise333 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60601-3700recommended Architecture River CruiseRecommended for:Linda Correll
If the weather is cooperative, this is a great way to see the city from a different perspective and learn some interesting facts. Any of the companies will do....Shoreline, Wendella, Chicago Architecture Foundation, etc.
- John G. Shedd Aquarium1200 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605-2402recommended John G. Shedd AquariumGreat place to spend time and get out of the cold but enjoy the view of the lakeRecommended for:
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I have always wanted to see a live taping of wait wait don't tell me in Chicago.
- Sears Tower2 North State Street, Chicago, IL, United States