What to do in Chicago? - Just the Highlights

Not everyone knows exactly what they want right from the start and not everyone falls into perfect categories such as performance, educational, leisure, etc. So that is why we start off with any new city with the broad strokes. Here we explore the highlights of Chicago and what would appeal to the average tourist visiting Chicago.

What to do in Chicago?


John Hancock Observatory

Willis Tower Skydeck

Navy Pier

Water Tower

Millennium Park

Maggie Daley Park

Lincoln Park Zoo

Buckingham Fountain & Grant Park

Museums & Educational

Field Museum

Home to the largest, most complete, and best preserved Tyrannosaurus Rex, SUE, the Field Museum is a prime destination in Chicago.The museum is located right next to Lake Michigan in Chicago's Museum Campus, and is one of the premier Natural History Museums in North America. With several permanent and rotating exhibits, this Chicago gem is a frequent favorite by locals and tourists alike.

Science & Industry Museum

Castles, World War II submarines, robots, mazes, trains, and much more occupy this south side museum. This location is an education powerhouse, ideal for student groups, but fun for everyone. The museum has several permanent exhibits like the U-505 Submarine and the Colleen Moore's Fairy Castle, but is also constantly updating to keep up with the latest scientific advancements. 

Shedd Aquarium

This aqua colored glass building, which sits directly on Lake Michigan is called home, by roughly 32,000 various animals. Aside from being an iconic part of the Chicago skyline, the Shedd Aquarium is several vibrant ecosystems home to a multitude of marine species. Here guests can learn about and connect with the vast world beneath the waves. 

Adler Planetarium

The universe is big, vast, and utterly ridiculous in the most beautiful way. After stepping through the doors of this site you will begin a journey traveling through the stars to far away world, distant galaxies and even some nearby space neighbors. The Adler Planetarium is both a museum and an active scientific research institute with many of the staff members and presenters being astronomers and astrophysicists. There is no better place in Chicago to explore the Universe.

Art Institute of Chicago & CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM

From the arts ancient Greece to the new contemporary movement these two museums explore everything that ever was, is and could be considered art. No medium is left unexplored, everything from the photographic works of Ansel Adams to suits of armor crafted by medieval artisans. Both museums are prime destinations for any art lover and a great starting point to explore the Chicago art scene.

Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio

More than 1,000 structures were designed within this home, now turned museum. The home and Studio of Frank Lloyd Wright is a fun site to visit for anyone who is a fan of art and architecture. This site is ideal for art lovers and great for student groups.  

Chicago History Museum

Everything that is the heart, soul, and history of Chicago resides within this museum. Guests can learn about iconic figures like Al Capone, and see firsthand the devastation caused by the Great Fire of 1871. This is a great start or end to any visit to Chicago. 

Sports & Events

United Center

US Cellular Field

Solider Field

Wrigley Field 

Theater & Performance

Tommy Guns Garage

Second City

Blue Man Group

Broadway At Chicago

Comedy Sportz

Chicago Opera

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Many more seasonal productions & off Broadway shows.


The Magnificent Mile

Water Tower Place

Gurnee Mills Outlet Mall

Aroura Outlet Center