Chicago, Illinois is an interesting American city that welcomes more than forty million visitors each year. Since being incorporated as a city in 1837, Chicago has grown to encompass 237 square miles of land, which nearly three million people call home.
Chicago is an ideal place to visit because it has something to offer virtually every kind of tourist – from the youngest to the oldest. From arts and history to business and commerce and good old fashioned fun – Chicago has it all.
We’ve gone off the beaten path a bit to compile this list of 101 places to visit in Chicago. Sure, you’ll find lots of the popular tourist draws that the city is famous for, but you’ll also find some unique hidden gems as well.
The Magnificent Mile is the nickname given to a mile long stretch that extends from the Chicago River to Oak Street.
Three million square feet of retail space has been crammed into that mile to accommodate nearly 800 high-end retailers and fifty luxury hotels – not to mention a variety of other attractions, fine dining establishments – plus four of the tallest buildings in the world.
There is usually some kind of festival or event going on in the Magnificent Mile, depending upon the season so try to make your visit to coincide with one of these events to experience the Magnificent Mile at its best.
2. Harpo Studios – 1058 West Washington Street
Oprah Winfrey fans won’t want to miss the chance to be a part of her studio audience during a live taping.
The Oprah Winfrey show records their shows from January to May then from August through November – so if you’re in Chicago during this time – here’s your chance to see her live and be apart of it. The number to call to get tickets is 312-633-1000.
You must be over 18 and have a photo ID in order to participate in The Oprah Winfrey Show tapings.
3. Millennium Park
Millennium Park is kind of cool, yet kind of creepy, due to the towering fountains with 1,000 human faces spitting water out of their mouths in the Crown Fountain.
You can play in the fountain if it’s warm enough or sit back and enjoy one of the many free musical performances at the nearby Jay Pritzker Pavilion.
If you happen to be in Chicago during the winter months, you can ice skate for free at McCormick Tribune Ice Rink inside the park, from November through March.