Chicago September 12, 2017
10 Unforgettable Attractions In Downtown Chicago You’ll Want To Visit
There are many amazing downtown attractions in Chicago, and you don’t want to miss them. From museums to fun experiences, you’ll find many memorable things to do in the heart of the city.
These fun things to do should be at the top of your Chicago bucket list. Keep scrolling for the top 10 attractions you should try ASAP.
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
1. Driehaus Museum - 40 E Erie Street
One of the grandest buildings constructed in the 19th century, this unforgettable museum preserves artwork and other relics from this time period. Visitors have been enjoying the massive restoration this museum received in 2003.
2. The Art Institute of Chicago - 111 S Michigan Avenue
Since 1893, this famous institution has been showcasing a vast collection of artwork from many different periods. It is home to one of the largest collections of Impressionist paintings in the world and also includes magnificent gardens.
3. 360 Chicago - 875 N Michigan Avenue
Located on the 94th floor of the John Hancock Center, this incredible experience offers amazing views of the city and Lake Michigan. Guests can learn about Chicago's history, enjoy cocktails and coffee, and may even catch a sunset.
4. Thalia Hall - 1807 S Allport Street
This historic landmark is one of the most unique downtown attractions. It is an event hall as well as a cocktail lounge and restaurant. It began operations in 1892 and has since closed and reopened over the years.
5. Merchandise Market - 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza
This popular Art Deco structure is wonderful inside and out. It opened in 1930 and was once the largest building in the world with four million square feet. The market attracts about 20,000 visitors per day and is so large that it has its own zip code!
6. Chicago Theatre District
Most theatres in the city lie between Congress and Lake. We get better prices on Broadway shows than New York City and enjoy entertainment of all kinds in these historical buildings. Most popular are the Chicago Theatre, the Cadillac Palace, and the Oriental Theatre.
7. Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier - 600 E Grand Avenue
Known as Centennial Wheel, this is the most popular attraction at the pier. Visitors are lifted 200 feet in the air to enjoy 360-degree views of the city and lake. Each seat is enclosed for use any time of year.
8. Crown Fountain - 201 E Randolph Street
As part of the very artistic Millennium Park, this interactive splash pad is an unforgettable attraction for tourists and locals alike. It is made from granite and glass and uses digital displays of faces with water shooting from the mouths.
9. Chicago Riverwalk
This inner-city path winds throughout downtown, framing parts of the Loop. It offers the opportunity for unique perspectives of the city and river while connecting locals to restaurants and other fun things to do.
10. Buckingham Fountain - 301 S Columbus Drive
Considered Chicago's front door, this breathtaking fountain was dedicated in 1927. This tier-style fountain features water shows throughout the day, then illuminates the night with light shows. Catch them April through October.
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