Chicago is a big city and even people who have lived here their entire lives sometime have trouble finding the local sights when visitors come to town. So we made a tour of some of the Best Sights of Chicago and posted links to maps where they are located and views of what is near by.
Let’s start with a boat tour of the famous Chicago shoreline. Here is a map where you catch the boat. You can choose a tour that goes along the Chicago River or one that goes along the lakefront. Either way, you get to see Chicago buildings in new ways by world-famous architects including Mies van der Rohe, Skidmore Owings & Merrill and Helmut Jahn. If you are in the mood for a dinner cruise, you can find one here.
If you are still interested in finding more about Chicago buildings, the Chicago Architecture Foundation offers many tours: Historic Downtown (south) – Rise of the Skyscraper; Historic Downtown (north) – Treasures of Culture & Commerce; Modern Skyscrapers Walking Tour; Downtown Deco Walking Tour; Millennium Park Revealed Walking Tour; Chicago Old and New and Intersections Walking Tour.
Two more buildings you will want to locate. One is an 11th century, European-style castle where there is a display of medieval artifacts, four-course dinner, served sans silverware during a live show of equestrian skills and medieval pageantry at Medieval Times Schaumburg.
The other is the Skydeck Chicago at Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) where The Ledge’s glass boxes extend out 4.3 feet from the skyscraper’s Skydeck on the 103rd floor.
Out in Schaumburg you can also visit the LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Chicago billed as America’s first ever indoor LEGOLAND. See how the famous little bricks are made, then build your own models, explore a lost jungle city and ride the Fire Dragon & meet the knights and maidens in the royal court of a magnificent medieval castle.
When feet are about to fail you, hop on a Segway and continue your tour on wheels to cruise along Lake Michigan, through Grant Park and the Museum Campus. Starts out near Butler Field. See:
When you’ve finally had enough, find a nearby Chicago hotel. You may want to do this before you go there.