Places To Visit Around Chicago
As the third most populated city in the US, Chicago has a rich heritage and incredible tourist attractions. The places to visit around Chicago include places of culture, great bars and restaurants and places that play on the sometimes weird and wonderful history of the city (it was the birthplace of spray paint and the ferris wheel). If you are planning a visit there are a few places you cannot miss, even if you are just there for a short time.
The Shedd Aquarium
The sheer size of the Shedd Aquarium isn’t the only impressive thing about the place that is a firm favorite of locals and visitors alike. As well as being home to seven permanent exhibitions like the Amazon Rising exhibition – it is also home to the world’s oldest aquatic animal. The Australian Lungfish (aptly named Grandad) is at least 85 years old. A lot of places to visit in Chicago are outdoors so the Shedd Aquarium is a good choice if you are visiting Chicago during the winter.
Coney Island tends to get all of the attention when it comes to piers conveniently located next to cities, but the Navy Pier in Chicago proves a worthy competitor. If the shops and eateries do not appeal to you then how about a 200 ft Ferris wheel and a beer garden? If the weather isn’t good enough to take advantage of one of the many boat tours that leave the pier daily, the IMAX cinema is a great back up plan. For the little ones, there is a water playground and daily shows. The great thing about Navy Pier is that you can spend as little or as much money as you want to as you are not charged for entry to the pier itself.
No list of places to visit in Chicago would be complete without mentioning Wrigley Field. The famous baseball park opened in 1914 and even those who are not interested in baseball will find the history interesting. If it’s baseball season try and catch a game and live the American life eating hot dogs and drinking beer from a plastic cup. Even when it isn’t baseball season there is plenty to do. You can explore the surrounding Wrigley Park and it is a little-known fact that on or off-season Wrigley Field offers some of the best and most authentic American food in the country.