Chicago is one of those cities that is very picturesque and unique in it's own way. Whether you are visiting for a weekend or staying for a longer time, there is always plenty to do. Below we list some of the must sees when visiting our beautiful city,
Millennium Park is probably one of the most visited places in Chicago, mainly because of the so called "Bean". There is plenty to do around here and it is a perfect spot to park your car nearby, and stroll around the neighboring areas as well. Maggie Daley Park is right across the street, which provides a huge playground for kids as well as ice skating ring in winter. Buckingham Fountain is also very close, which is neat to view during warm months when it's actually on.
Chicago River Walk
Chicago River Walk is quite picturesque, no matter where you are viewing it from. Chicago architecture is one of a kind, and it makes for an amazing view. You can also jump on one of the tour boats which will take you through the river and between all the amazing buildings. Fun fact: for St Patrick's Day, this river is actually dyed green, and many people come out to watch it change its color. During non Covid times, you would have to arrive early to get a good spot to view it being dyed.
Lincoln Park Honey Comb
Lincoln Park's Honey Comb is a very popular place, and can be easily found next to Lincoln Park Zoo. You can have it all to yourself if you come early enough, just don't be surprised if you run into some yogis, since sometimes there are outdoor yoga classes here.
Navy Pier is another must see when visiting Chicago. Parking here is bit pricey around $20 for the whole day, but there is plenty to do for everyone, so it is well worth it. Make sure to take a ride on the Ferris Wheel since the views are quite awesome! Crystal Gardens which are located on the upper level, are also super cool to see during warm months.
Adler Planetarium Skyline Walk
If you want to see the best Chicago skyline, this is it! Head towards Adler Planetarium, and your GPS will bring you right here. Meter parking is available, and this view makes an amazing backdrop for a stroll or even engagement photoshoot. Field Museum along with Shedd Aquarium are located here too, so you can plan a whole day out of this area!
Chicago Botanic Gardens
This place is bit N0rth from the city, about a 30 minute car ride, but well worth spending a day here during warm months. There are 385 acres of gardens in a variety of settings and plenty of space for everyone. During COVID, you must preregister since they do limit how many cars are being let in. It is $25 per vehicle, so worth the buck if spending few hours here.
Pretty iconic spot when visiting Chicago, mainly for the big sign that cannot be missed. If you have the time make sure to check out some of the Broadway shows and musicals this place has to offer.
Ping Tom Memorial Park
Located in Chinatown neighborhood, it is a very well liked park by lots of Chicagoans. The only thing to keep an eye out for, is that the park is divided by a rail track, so if you have luck like us. where the train stopped for about an hour, you may be stuck for a hot second :)
Milton Lee Olive Park
This park offers another awesome views of the John Hancock Building along with the nearby skyscrapers. There is a small beach nearby and is minutes away from Navy pier which I mentioned above.
If you are planning on visiting above places at some point this year, make sure that they are open during your visit. Unfortunately with Chicago being one of epicenters for COVID -19, many places have been closed due to restrictions. On the bright side, a lot changes from week to week, so cross your fingers that you will be able to enjoy it to the fullest in the next coming months!