Chicago is known for its hot and humid summers and bitterly cold winters. While the city’s weather conditions are not for the faint-hearted, it has not been a deterrent to tourist arrivals. As long as travellers are sufficiently prepared for Chicago’s weather, they will have an enjoyable time in this vibrant city- regardless of the season they travel in.
Whether the weather is hot or cold, here are some attractions not to be missed during your stay in Chicago!
1. Navy Pier
Originally known as the Municipal Pier, this pier overlooking Lake Michigan housed military personnel from different military units during WWI. In 1927, it was renamed the Navy Pier to honour the naval personnel who served during WWI. Today, this pier is home to numerous restaurants, shops, theatres and a ferris wheel. Whether you fancy a sightseeing cruise, film screening, musicals or live music, there is always something exciting going on at the Navy Pier at any time of the year so do not give this bustling attraction a miss!
2. Museum of Science and Industry
Whether you are a science geek or keen to find out more about industry, a visit to the Museum of Science and Industry will be for you. With interactive exhibits, a coal mine, German submarine and flight and weather simulators, a visit to this museum will be exciting for both adults and children. Given the vast size of the museum and wide range of exhibits, remember that you will need to set aside enough time during your visit!
3. Adler Planetarium
Discover the world of astronomy and distant galaxies at the Adler Planetarium, a public museum that houses one of the largest collections of astronomical instruments in the world. Here, you may catch breathtaking sights of the night sky, watch sky shows and learn about the evolution of the universe. There are also exhibits that tell the tales of human space exploration and the role of astronomy in ancient cultures. Astronomy geeks will not want to miss this museum!
4. Grant Park
Located in Chicago’s central business district, Grant Park is a public park that houses three world renowned museums – Adler Planetarium, Field Museum of Natural History and the Art Institute of Chicago. It is also home to Buckingham Fountain, which is one of the world’s largest fountains. During the summer, this park is the site of music and food festivals as well as concerts. A visit to this park is ideal for those seeking to capture views of Chicago’s skyline whilst in a tranquil setting.
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5. Art Institute of Chicago
With a collection of over 300,000 artworks, which include the well-known ‘American Gothic’ by Grant Wood and ‘Bedroom in Arles’ by Vincent van Gogh, lovers of art will want to pay a visit to the Art Institute of Chicago. Whether you would are keen to see American or European art from the Impressionist or Post-Impressionist periods, there is plenty to explore here. This museum was ranked the top museum in the world (2014) by Tripadvisor and given its impressive permanent and seasonal exhibits, such an accolade is well deserved.
6. Home-dining Experience
When in Chicago, take the opportunity to meet and interact with the locals through a home-dining experience! Dora, our friendly host in Chicago, will not only share with you more about the city she lives in but also prepare a hearty five-course meal that features American classics. She has prepared meals for high-profile officials and is able to cater to a wide range of dietary preferences so you can be sure that your dining experience with Dora is a memorable one.