Here’s Tiqets’ roundup of the best of the (Mid)West
Home of The Blues Brothers, Christian Bale’s Gotham, and even a track by Sufjan Stevens, Chicago is a pop-culture icon – but what can you do in the USA’s Second City, besides freeze during winter?
A green utopia in the summer, winter wonderland by December. What’s now-iconic to the city is, in fact, somewhat new. Having only opened in 2004, Millennium Park is surrounded by the city’s skyscrapers and this urban Eden offers a getaway from the busy city streets.
And, best of all, you can watch movies for free in the Jay Pritzker Pavilion during summer!
The Cloud Gate sculpture
Technically it’s part of Millennium Park, but this world-famous sculpture deserves its own segment. It would be remiss to miss The Bean during any visit to Millennium Park.
It’s been a dock, a jail, an army training center, and a place of study for the University of Chicago. But now, the Navy Pier is home to restaurants, rides, shopping, and art exhibitions.
Jumping on the Centennial Wheel is wheel worth your time. Flying 200 feet above Chicago, you’ll get stunning views of the coastline.
The Buckingham Fountain
There’s something appealing about a grand fountain at the center of a park, and Chicagoans know how to do it right. Well, they know how to imitate it right – Buckingham Fountain is based on the Latona Fountain in the Palace of Versailles.
See the skyline
The Windy City boasts a skyline to rival NYC’s. After the Great Chicago Fire, the city rebuilt big, and they haven’t looked back since. A cruise along the Chicago River and Lake Michigan is the best way to see the city’s architecture and get some amazing snaps of your trip.
Be part of the skyline
Skydeck Chicago at The Willis Tower has the best panoramas of Chicago on offer. Despite its 1,450 feet height (technically, it’s higher than NYC’s tallest building in terms of where you can stand), it takes less than 40 seconds to reach the observation deck. The One World Observatory’s elevator still wins out, though, with a multimedia display taking you through the history of New York as you climb up.
‘If you build it, they will come.’ Wait, wrong field…get out of here, Costner! Yankees caps are an oversaturated market. Walk out of this stadium with a Cubs cap, a foam finger, and if you’re lucky, a homerun ball. You can grab tickets from as low as $26.
The Art Institute of Chicago
In all likelihood, you aren’t skipping school anymore. But you can still make like Ferris Bueller and pay a visit to the Art Institute of Chicago. Georges Seurat’s A Sunday on La Grande Jatte is still in the museum’s possession, along with two American icons, Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks and Grant Wood’s American Gothic.
The Field Museum
A T. rex skeleton that’s 90% complete, a 120-foot long Titanosaur, and more than 30 real mummies inside a replica of an ancient burial tomb are what awaits you at The Field Museum. If you’re with kids, or simply inquisitive at heart, this museum is a playground of discovery.
Here’s a freebie on the list – all it’s going to cost is a few calories. Walk right beside the Chicago River and pass through colossal skyscrapers, discover great places to eat, and wind down in one of the city’s biggest public projects.