10 Essential Chicago Experiences

Chicago is a destination with fascinating history, diverse culture, a vibrant food scene, and world-renowned architecture. With a plethora of things to do and see in the Windy City, a visit to Chicago makes for a great weekend getaway or week-long vacation. Here are our ten essential experiences for your next trip to Chicago:

1. Take an early morning stroll through Millennium Park to have the Cloud Gate a.k.a “The Bean” all to yourself.

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2. Feed your creativity at the Art Institute of Chicago, known as one of the best museums in the country.

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3. Wander around the Navy Pier and enjoy the fun attractions on a sunny day.

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4. Eat tasty Chicago-style deep-dish pizza at the famous Giordano’s pizzeria.

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5.  Soak up incredible city views from the 360 Chicago Observation Deck on the 94th floor of the John Hancock Building.

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6. Savor a gourmet cup of coffee at Intelligentsia Coffee.

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7. Catch a show (or at least see the sign!) at the iconic Chicago Theater.

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8. Escape the city at the Garfield Park Conservatory to see “landscape art under glass.”

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9. Admire the majestic Chicago skyline from the Adler Planetarium.

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10. Face your fear of heights from the Skydeck Chicago‘s glass box attraction. Enjoy the 50-mile view across four states.

Trover photo by Veronika Patrashko.

Have any Windy City finds to add to the list? Share your experiences with the Trover community!