Chicago is often known as the “Heart of America” because; it is one of the largest transportation centers in America and it is located near the center of the United States.
Officially known as City of Chicago, is located on the shores of freshwater Lake Michigan in Illinois is among the largest cities in the U.S.
Chicago Population: It is the third most populous city in both the state of Illinois and the Midwestern United States having the estimated population of 2,716,450. Chicago is the main city of the Chicago metropolitan area, which is often referred to as “Chicago-land.” The Chicago metropolitan area has nearly 10 million people
Chicago Tourism: As of 2017, Chicago tourism received 55 million visitors. In 2016, Chicago recorded 54.1 million visitors; a percentage of 2.9% increases from 2015. Where in 2015 there was estimated 50.1 million tourists came to Chicago, which was a 4.5 percent increase from 2014. From 2010 to 2014, the tourism and hospitality industries have added 9,800 jobs, generating $13.7 billion in direct spending by visitors and $871 million in total tax revenue. Choose Chicago is the official tourism organization of the Chicago city.
Things to do in Chicago
Millennium Park: Millennium Park is the award winning top tourist destination in Chicago. It is famous for its art, music, and architecture and landscape design. It is a public park situated in the heart of downtown of Chicago in Illinois. It was deliberately created to celebrate the third millennium. It is a well-known public center near the Lake Michigan shoreline. This park covers an area of 24.5-acre section of northwestern Grant Park which is bounded by Michigan Avenue to the west, Columbus Drive to the east, Randolph Street to the North and Monroe Street to the South. The park’s prominent features are the most sophisticated outdoor concert venue which is the Frank Gehry-designed Jay Pritzker Pavilion, the interactive Crown Fountain; a variety of public art, the up-to-date Lurie Garden, Piet Oudolf and Robert Israel; and hugely popular Cloud Gate sculpture designed by Anish Kapoor’s. Millennium Park lead on as only Navy Pier as a Chicago tourist attraction till 2009 but in 2015, the park had became the central location of annual Christmas tree lighting for the city, and as of 2017 it became the number one tourist destination with 25 million visitors that year.
Navy Pier: Historic Navy Pier is an iconic city landmark on Chicago shoreline of Lake Michigan inspiring discovery and wonder. Navy Pier has over 50 acres of parks, gardens, shops, restaurants, entertainment and attractions. Navy Pier is the Midwest’s attractions are ride on the Ferris wheel, musical carousel, Wave Swinger and miniature golf course, a ride on a tour boat or dining cruise ship. There are also other attractions such as, Chicago Children’s Museum, Chicago Shakespeare Theater. It is one of the most visited attractions with more than 9 million visitors a year.
Art Institute of Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago is one of the oldest and largest art museums in the United States located in Chicago’s Grant Park.The Art Institute of Chicago has the greatest collection of Impressionist paintings nearly 300,000 works of art, such as Georges Seurat’s A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, Pablo Picasso’s The Old Guitarist, Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks, and Grant Wood’s American Gothic. It also has ionic art works from outside of Paris including Renoir, Monet and Van Gogh. There is also Ryan Learning Center, a free space providing programs and art making activities for the whole family with a wide variety of special exhibitions, performance programs, daily gallery tours, and much more. This institute welcomes approximately 1.5 million guests annually.
Adler Planetarium: The Adler Planetarium is a National Historic Landmark and public museum founded by Max Adler who was a business leader in Chicago. It is situated at the shore of Lake Michigan in Chicago, Illinois. The Adler was the first planetarium includes the John G. Shedd Aquarium and The Field Museum. It is dedicated to astronomy and astrophysics study and its missions are to inspire in exploration and understanding the universe. Adler Planetarium includes three full size theaters, wide space science exhibitions, and a significant collection of antique scientific instruments and print materials and the Adler boasts the Doane Observatory.
John G. Shedd Aquarium: Commonly known as Shedd Aquarium first inland indoor public aquarium with a permanent saltwater fish collection, animals connect you to the living world. The aquarium contains 32,500 creatures 1,500 different species, from aquatic habitats around the world including fish, marine mammals, birds, snakes, amphibians, and insects. Shedd Aquarium is situated on Lake Michigan. Shedd’s Abbott Oceanarium, where you can explore sea otters, sea lions and penguins, the aquatic show, starring the dolphins, belugas and more, and the “Jellies” special exhibit. There is also a permanent exhibit; Polar Play Zone where kids and their families can play and discover through hands-on activities. This National Historic Landmark had 2.02 million visitors every year makes it the most visited place in Chicago.
The Field Museum of Natural History: commonly known as The Field Museum is the largest museum in the world located on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago, Illinois. This museum is famous for its extensive scientific specimen and artifact collections includes the world’s largest and most complete Sue- the T-Rex (Tyrannosaurus rex fossil), an Egyptian tomb and 23 mysterious Egyptian mummies, 5,000 year-old hieroglyphics. Discover the man-eating lions of Tsavo, have a walk among dinosaurs in Evolving Planet Hall and explore history of human ingenuity and achievement of 13,000 years. This museum is named in honor of Sir Marshal Field and it attracts more than 2 million visitors annually.
Lincoln Park Zoo: Lincoln Park Zoo is the oldest zoo in North America located in Lincoln Park in Chicago, Illinois. Lincoln Park Zoo is a 35-acre zoo is home to a wide variety of animals includes big cats, polar bears, reptiles, penguins, gorillas, monkeys, and other species in total about 1,100 animals from some 200 different species. Lincoln Park Zoo is free and open to public. Visitors can have a close visit to gorillas and chimpanzees, peer into a black bear, howl with red wolves and also see pygmy hippos and black rhinos.
Chicago Zoological Park/Brookfield Zoo: Brookfield Zoo is situated in the Chicago suburb of Brookfield, Illinois. It has an area of 216 acres that is home to approx 450 different species of animals. This Zoo had first exhibited giant pandas in America. The main attractions of this zoo are Dolphin in Action, Hamil Family Play Zoo, Butterflies, and The Carousel.
Wills Tower Observation Deck or Sky Deck: Wills Tower is commonly known as the Sears Tower. It is a 1,450-foot tall and 110-story skyscraper building in Chicago, Illinois. It is the second-tallest building in the United States. The Sky-deck is located on the tower’s 103rd floor. This observation deck is visited by more than one million people annually making it one of the Chicago’s most-popular tourist attractions. Tourists can experience a breath taking view of far over the plains of Illinois and across Lake Michigan to Indiana, and Wisconsin on a clear day.
360 Chicago Observation Deck: 360CHICAGO is one of the city’s most famous attractions located in 94th floor of the John Hancock Center. 360 CHICAGO provides breathtaking views of Chicago’s lakefront, magnificent skyline and four neighboring states. 360 CHICAGO offers highest thrill ride TILT– Chicago’s highest moving experience both locals and visitors. There is also a cafe by Lavazza Coffee which stocks alcoholic beverages as well.
Chicago is a rare place and always excellent choice for vacation. So when you’re coming to Chicago?