Where the Locals Go Sightseeing in Chicago
Putting together an itinerary for seeing all the best sights in Chicago? There are some obvious spots including Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) and the John Hancock Center for those spectacular views from way up high but the real treats lie in the neighborhoods.
Tours like the very popular Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise is a great way to see the city’s most famous buildings and skyline while learning some history. Just west of the city is Frank Lloyd Wright’s Home and Studio which is not to be missed if you’re a fan of his architecture.
CAF River Cruise tours takes visitors along the north and south shores of Lake Michigan and learn the significance of more than 50 buildings.
Local Expert Tip: "Tickets sell out fast so book them as soon as you can."
- Type: Attractions, Beaches, Family Friendly, Free Attractions, Great Views, Outdoor Activities - Summer
One of Chicago's best free attractions, the 18.5 mile linear path stretches from one part of the city to the other.
Local Expert Tip: "Metered parking is available at almost all of the parks along the trail."
Still holding the title of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, show proof that you were there by taking a picture on The Ledge.
Local Expert Tip: "Get a photo on The Ledge as a souvenir."
Visitors to the Art Institute of Chicago can view the haunting "American Gothic" and Seurat's groundbreaking Pointillist work.
Local Expert Tip: "Check out the world's largest Monet collection."
Architecture and history lovers can view several Frank Lloyd Wright as well as the birth home of Ernest Hemingway.
Local Expert Tip: "Check out the charming downtown Oak Park area before or after the tours."
Navy Pier is home to an IMAX theater, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, the Chicago Children's Museum and year-round special events.
Local Expert Tip: "Free Trolleys run between State Street and Navy Pier between Memorial Day and Labor Day."
One of Chicago's most unique neighborhoods, Chinatown is filled with family-owned restaurants, bookstores and gift shops.
Local Expert Tip: "Ask for directions to the Ping Tom Memorial Park."
- Type: Attractions
A visit to the Chicago Board of Trade is a rare opportunity to see futures and options trading in action.
Local Expert Tip: "Tours MUST be planned in advance"
Visitors can enjoy views up to 80 miles from Chicago on a clear day
Local Expert Tip: "Stop for a cocktail at the famed The Signature Room at the 95th."
Known as the "Cemetery of Architects," Graceland is the final resting place of some of Chicago's most... Read more »
Local Expert Tip: "As with a visit to almost any cemetery, pets are not allowed on the grounds."
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