5 Places To See When Visiting Chicago



  1. Adler Planetarium – The Adler Planetarium in Chicago is located at 1300 South Lake Shore Drive. It is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 am to 4 pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.

The Adler Planetarium can take you on a virtual reality trip through space and time in its Sky Theatre. The planetarium will bring the universe to its visitors. The planetarium has the largest view of the Milky Way. It also has an exhibit featuring a life size model of the Mars rover.

The Adler store at the planetarium has various offerings for sale which will appeal to everyone from young children to senior citizens.

If you are hungry the on site Café Galileo’s has a selection of soups, salads, sandwiches, desserts and beverages.

  1. Lincoln Park Zoo – The Lincoln Park Zoo is located in Lincoln Park at 2204 North Cannon Drive. Founded in 1856 the Zoo is one of the oldest in the United States and one of the few zoos with free admission. The zoo is located on 35 acres of land. It is home to approximately 200 various species of animals with the total number of animals featured at the zoo being approximately 1,100.

The zoo features many exhibits. Many visitors enjoy relaxing in the gardens in addition to enjoying the rainforest and exhibits of polar nears, reptiles, monkeys, big cats and much more.



  1. Navy Pier – Navy Pier is located at 600 East Grand Avenue. It has a 3,300 foot long pier on Chicago’s Lake Michigan shoreline. The pier was originally built in 1916 and over the years has been redeveloped for various uses.   At one time it was a pier for recreation and entertainment. Then in 1941 the pier was closed to the public and used for naval training. After the war it was used for undergraduate programs by the University of Illinois. Finally the pier was returned to public use. It was rebuild in the 1990s to feature shops, exhibition halls, a concert stage and food establishments.

Some of the main attractions include an IMAX Theatre, Funhouse Maze, Chicago’s Children’s Museum and a 150 foot high Ferris wheel, old fashioned swing ride and miniature golf course. The pier and surrounding areas now encompass 50 acres. There are available sightseeing cruises and fireworks a few nights a week during the summer.

Navy Park is a great place to relax and people watch.

  1. Museum of Science and Industry – The Museum of Science and Industry is located at 5700 South Lake Drive and is open daily (except Thanksgiving and Christmas) from 9:30 am to 4 pm on some days there will be extended hours. The Museum of Science and Industry is the largest science museum in the western hemisphere. Some exhibits feature the Apollo 8 spacecraft, a 3,500 square foot model railroad, a captured German submarine, a full size replica of a coal mine. There are many various exhibits with something to interest visitors of every age group. In addition to its permanent exhibits there are changing featured visiting exhibits. The Museum of Science and Industry is one of Chicago’s most popular cultural attractions.
  2. 360 Chicago, formerly known as the John Hancock Observatory. – The 360 Chicago is located at 9875 North Michigan Avenue. The view from 1,000 feet up on the 94th floor gives a view of 4 states. On a clear day you can see for 55 miles in any direction. There are interactive screens to help you pinpoint the various landmarks of the city as you are looking out.

A recent addition to 360 Chicago is the Tilt which is located in one part of the observation deck. This Tilt platform is a series of floor to ceiling windows which will tilt 30 degrees outside the building , while you hold onto its handlebars, so you can enjoy that view if you are brave enough. The elevators in the building are the fastest in the United States. The 360 Chicago has dining where you can enjoy food or drink while still enjoying the view of the skyline.