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The Best Activities in Chicago

The Best Attractions and Activities in Chicago

Take a ride on a boat cruise or visit one of the country’s oldest zoos

Bridgeport Art Center
1200 West 35th Street
The Bridgeport Art Center hosts a variety of studio spaces for artists to rent, featuring workspaces for woodworking, metalwork and more. The center also hosts a gallery, but try and check it out on a Friday, when the building’s resident artists open their studio spaces to the public.

Lincoln Park Zoo
2001 North Clark Street
Founded in 1868, the Lincoln Park Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in the United States and offers free admission 365 days of the year? week. Bring the entire family for a fun adventure, or check out the periodically occurring Adults Night Out for a more sophisticated zoo experience.

Millennium Park
201 East Randolph Street
This 24-acre park is home to the famous reflective bean statue along with rotating art exhibitions and video displays. The park hosts hundreds of cultural events, so check out the calendar to plan your visit.

Navy Pier
600 East Grand Avenue
Jutting into Lake Michigan, this 3,300-foot pier is lined with fine dining restaurants, shopping destinations, green spaces and a variety of attractions, including jet ski rentals and an amusement park.

875 North Michigan Avenue
Formerly known as the John Hancock Observatory, 360 CHICAGO offers visitors unparalleled city views (up to 55 miles!) from 1,000 feet up, on the 94th floor. Be sure to experience the recently added Tilt attraction, an enclosed glass platform that extends and tilts brave souls from the building at a 30-degree angle. 

Architecture Boat Cruise
For a different view of the Chicago skyline, consider taking one of the city’s architecture boat cruises. You’ll be able to photograph over 50 buildings along the Chicago river, including the Tribune Tower, the Wrigley Building, and Marina City.