From one of the tallest towers in the United States to the sweeping arc of its expansive lake shore, the city of Chicago is one of the most beautiful cities in the country. The city of Chicago is the third-largest city in the United States, widely known for its wealth and skyscrapers. You should not miss a chance to see all the beautiful tourist attractions in the city. If you don’t have more time, then don’t forget to visit the following tourist attractions in Chicago.
Top 10 Places to Visit in Chicago including Tourist Attractions
1. Willis Tower
Willis Tower is the tallest skyscraper in the city of Chicago with a height of 527 m (tip) and 412.7 top floor. It was formerly known as the Sears Tower, renamed in 2009 as Willis Tower. At the time of its completion of the construction in 1973, it was the tallest building in the world. More than one million people visit Sears Tower’s observation deck each year, making it one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city. The observation deck gives you the best view of the city and the Lake Michigan.
2. Magnificent Mile
The Magnificent Mile is a popular section of Chicago, which runs from the Chicago River to Oak Street. It is one of the busiest sections of the city of Chicago, where prominent landmarks are located. The Magnificent Mile is also known as The Mag Mile, which got its nickname from Arthur Rubloff, a popular real estate magnate in the 1940s. The section has several popular and tallest buildings, such as the Trump International Hotel and Tower, the Wrigley Building, the Chicago Water Tower, the John Hancock Center, the Allerton Hotel and the Tribune Tower.
3. Navy Pier
It is one of the best tourist attractions in the city of Chicago. Navy Pier is a great place which includes a Ferris Wheel, gardens, restaurants, IMAX theater and carousel. Navy Pier was built in 1916 at a cost of US$4.5 million with a height of 3,300-foot-long pier. At the time of its opening, it was the largest pier in the world. Do not forget to visit Navy Pier during the celebration of Christmas, New Year and Halloween to get the original taste of the city of Chicago.
4. Millennium Park
Millennium Park was created to celebrate the millennium. It is located on the Grant Park, which covers an area of 24.5 acres. The park is a famous tourist attraction due to its various features includes the Harris Theater, Lurie Garden, AT&T Plaza and Cloud Gate, Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Exelon Pavilions, Boeing Galleries and more. The park has a vast open space and plenty of grass. The park is also used for the Grant Park Music Festival.
5. Shedd Aquarium
The John G. Shedd Aquarium is one of the best aquariums in the United States. It is a home of more than 1,500 species. The aquarium exhibits the species in the organized manner such as “Caribbean Reef”, “Amazon Rising” and Oceanarium. It is one of the most popular exhibits in the aquarium, which features beluga whales and dolphins. The aquarium is located at 1200 S Lake Shore Dr in Chicago.
6. Buckingham Fountain
Buckingham Fountain is a beautiful place, which was designed by architect Edward Bennett. The fountain is located in Grant Park in the city of Chicago. The fountain was donated by one of the richest persons at the time, Kate Sturges at the age of 32. Buckingham Fountain is famous for its height of spray, which can rise up to 15 stories of a building. As said by the local people, the four water spouting sea horse statues are representing the four states of the United States that surround the Lake Michigan.
7. John Hancock Center
The John Hancock Center is one of the tallest buildings in the United States and fourth-tallest buildings in the city of Chicago. The center is located on the shore of the Lake Michigan, gives you the perfect view of the city. The center has also an observatory deck to enjoy the panoramic view of the city on the 94th floor. To reach on the 94 floors, the elevator takes only 40-seconds. The John Hancock Center has also a beautiful and one of the highest indoor swimming pools and ice-skating rink. If you are addicted to have a cocktail at the highest point, then there is a lounge on the 96th floor for the guests to get the panoramic view as well as sip a cocktail.
8. Chicago River
The Chicago River is one of the marvelous of the engineering projects in the world. In 1900, the city of Chicago has reversed the flow of water by installing the series of canal locks. You can enjoy the river cruises to see the magnificent view of the city. There is a mile-long pedestrian Chicago river-walk where you can enjoy the beauty of the river. You should not miss a chance to see the marvelous of the engineering of Chicago.
9. Chicago Water Tower
The Chicago Water Tower was one of the most important towers in the water system of the city. The tower was designed by William Boyington to help the water system of the city. It is one of the structures, which was survived in the Great Chicago Fire. At the current time, the Chicago Water Tower is home to the city gallery, where local photographs and artists showcase their work.
10. Field Museum of Natural History
The Field Museum of Natural History is one of the oldest natural history museums in Chicago, which came into existence during the World’s fair 1893. The museum exhibits the massive collection of Native American artifacts, African elephants and others. Your visit to the museum will be incomplete without viewing the 40 foot skeleton of the dinosaur known as “Sue”.
Article last re-published on March 5, 2015.