Tourist Worthy Attractions In Chicago

Tourist worthy attractions in Chicago - The Bean

As a local of Chicago and world traveler, I can confidently say that regardless of when you visit, there are plenty of tourist worthy attractions in Chicago.

From stunning architecture to world-renowned museums and events, the Windy City is full of culture and fun.

Even locals find these tourist worthy attractions in Chicago worth visiting. They offer a unique perspective into the diverse and vibrant city, which is why I have made these the top highlights in this Chicago attraction guide.

From the iconic Cloud Gate at Millennium Park to the amazing art galleries and Navy Pier, there is tons to explore throughout the city. So if you’re looking for a truly memorable experience, check out these tourist worthy attractions in Chicago!

Read the full Chicago destination guide on how to visit Chicago like a local HERE.

In this Chicago destination guide I share the top places to see, my favorite hidden gems and tips to best navigate the iconic windy city.

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Tourist Worthy Attractions In Chicago

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Tourist Worthy Icons In Chicago

Old port turned tourist attraction that has shops, restaurants and great views of the city. During the summer they have fireworks every Wednesday and Saturday evenings. Have little ones with you, don’t miss out on checking out the Children’s Museum while you are here.

See more cool activities for kids of all ages at Navy Pier HERE.

Sears Tower

Once the tallest building in the world, the Sears Tower also known as the Willis Tower by tourists is a great observation deck with views of the city and beyond.

Buy your entry ticket HERE.

John Hancock

Great observation deck with 360 views of the city and lake Michigan.

Buy your entry ticket HERE.

Tourist Worthy Sights In Chicago

Tourist Worthy Attractions In Chicago - Buckingham Fountain

Magnificent Mile

Chicago’s premier commercial district full of upscale shops, restaurants and hotels.

The Bean

Originally named “Cloud Gate” by its artist, this sculpture has become a must visit when in Chicago.

Millennium Park

One of my favorite places to bring tourist friends. This beautiful park in the center of the city IS where “The Bean”, Buckingham Fountain”, and “Maggie Daley Park” are located.

If its summer don’t miss checking out the park’s calendar of events as there is always something happening including free movie nights, concerts and workouts.

Maggie Daley Park

A great park for kids and kids at heart with tons of kid friendly sections including a pirate ship, mini golf and wall climbing.

If it is winter when you visit, go ice skating in the skate ribbon or in the skating rink in front of “The Bean”

Buckingham Fountain

An iconic Chicago landmark in the center of Grant Park and considered one of the largest fountains in the world.

Tourist Worthy Museums In Chicago

Tourist Worthy Attractions In Chicago - Art Institute Of Chicago

Art Institute of Chicago

I love art and this by far has to be my favorite museums in Chicago and probably the world. It’s beautiful inside and out and holds some of the best and most recognizable art collections in the world including, “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte” by artists Georges Seurat.

Skip the line, save time and book your entry ticket in advance HERE.

National Museum of Mexican Art

A great museum to immerse yourself in Mexican art and culture. Get a better understanding of the Latino community in Chicago and visit the Pilsen neighborhood while you are here. Big perk is that this museum is free all day, every day.

If visiting around October, their yearly Day of the Dead exhibit never disappoints.

Science and Industry Museum

Another one of my favorites when it comes to museums. It has many interactive activities and is the largest museum in the western hemisphere. Makes for a great way to spend the day.

Garfield Park Conservatory

One of the largest botanical gardens in the US and often called a “Landscape art under glass”. It doesn’t disappoint and is free to enter.

If planning your visit and coming with kids, most Wednesday’s they have activities specifically for kids. Refer to the website to confirm.

Discover What Is Happening During Your Visit

Since Chicago is a big city, there is always something going on. The sites below will provide you with the latest current events and happenings during your visit.

A simple google search such as “Free activities in Chicago” will give you sights and activities to explore that are either affordable or free.

Final Note

There is more to Chicago than the sights, it’s a city after all. Don’t forget you can find my full Chicago destination guide HERE.

Plan your visit from A to B with local recommendations from an expert traveler. It’s getting the best of both worlds for your ultimate trip.

My visiting Chicago like a local destination guide includes:

  • What to do
  • Where to stay
  • How to get around the city
  • Where and what to eat
  • Where to party
  • Other nearby places to visit

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