in Chicago, IL
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The city is full of hidden gems and treasures. If you’re tired of always hitting the same spots, take a look at all the options below. We showcase businesses near you where you could spend countless hours of endless fun with your entire family.
Say goodbye to the boring weekends and routine birthday parties. Think outside the box and dare to try something new. Take a look at what your city has to offer – all within driving distance of your location. You might be surprised!
Amazing Chicago Funhouse Maze
600 E Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60611 Directions
Explore the twists and turns of the Amazing Chicago Funhouse Maze. The family fun center has more than 4,000 square feet of tunnels and mazes for you to get lost in. Be sure to add the attraction to your "to-do" list while visiting Navy Pier.
Legoland Discovery Center
601 N Martingale Rd
Schaumburg, IL 60173 Directions
Relive your childhood or take the kids to make some childhood memories of their own at the Legoland Discovery Center. Hands-on attractions accompanied by over two million Lego pieces under one roof guarantee fun for the whole family.
Lincoln Park Zoo
2001 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60614 Directions
Take a stroll through a zoo that knows its animals. The Lincoln Park Zoo is one of the oldest in the country and houses more than 1,250 animals inside its unique exhibits and attractions. As you explore the zoo, you'll see zebras, big cats, polar bears, penguins, gorillas, reptiles, monkeys and more.
The Lincoln Park Zoo was founded in 1868, making it one of the oldest zoos in the United States. The zoo spans across 35-acres of Chicago's Lincoln Park. A unique feature of the Lincoln Park Zoo that really shows its age is a burr oak tree that dates back to 1830, three years before the city was founded.
The zoo houses nearly 1,250 animals, including big cats, polar bears, penguins, gorillas, reptiles, monkeys and many others featured in these exhibits:
Antelope & Zebra Area
Blum-Kovler Penguin & Seabird House
Helen V. Brach Primate House
Farm-in-the-Zoo, presented by John Deere
Kovler Lion House
Kovler Sea Lion Pool
McCormick Bird House
Hope B. McCormick Swan Pond
Robert R. McCormick Bear Habitat
Pritzker Family Children's Zoo
Regenstein African Journey
Regenstein Birds of Prey Exhibit
Regenstein Center for African Apes
Regenstein Small Mammal & Reptile House
The Children's Zoo and the Farm-in-the-Zoo exhibits offer hands on experiences for younger visitors. There's also an indoor play structure for kids to enjoy, and the Farm exhibit allows guests to pet animals like goats and feed the cows.
201 E Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60602 Directions
Millennium Park is one of the premier destinations for fun in Chicago. Stroll through the 24-acre lake-front park for a gorgeous glimpse of public art or stop by one of the attractions residing in the park like the McCormick Tribune Ice Skating Rink, McDonald's Cycle Center and the Boeing Galleries.
Millennium Park occupies about 24-acres of Lake Michigan shoreline in Chicago's Grant Park. The park is the second most popular tourist destination in the city following only Navy Pier, attracting between three and four million visitors annually. Millennium Park serves as a prominent civic center and is known as the "front yard" of downtown Chicago. The neighborhood surrounding the park is one of the city's most, if not the most, coveted residential areas.
The area showcases public art and is where places like the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Cloud Gate, the Crown Fountain, the Laurie Garden, the McCormick Tribune Ice Skating Rink, the BP Pedestrian Bridge, Wrigley Square, the McDonald's Cycle Center, the Exelon Pavilions, the AT&T Plaza, the Boeing Galleries, the Chase Promenade, and the Nichols Bridgeway are located.
600 E Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60611 Directions
Navy Pier was built on the shoreline of Lake Michigan in 1916 and has since become the No. 1 tourist attraction in Chicago. At the time it was built, it was the largest pier in the world. The pier extends 3,300 feet over the lake and was designed to be used as docking space for passenger excursion steamers and a cargo facility for lake freighters. Navy Pier was also utilized in both World Wars for things like military housing, the Red Cross, Home Defense, Navy training center and more. When it wasn't providing military service, the pier had its own streetcar line, theater, emergency room, picnicking areas, dance hall, auditorium, children's playground and more.
For nearly 20 years, between 1946 and 1965, the University of Illinois used the pier to educate returning veterans. When the university moved its campus, the pier was no longer used and was considered underutilized from 1965 to 1989.
The 1990s brought renovation and new attractions to Navy Pier. The Ferris wheel, IMAX theater, the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Amazing Chicago's Funhouse Maze, the Chicago Children's Museum, and the Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows are all fixtures of the pier. Navy Pier and its surrounding lands occupy about 50 acres on the lake front with its lawn showcasing sculptures, and sprawling to create parks and gardens. The attraction is home to many shops and restaurants as well. Boat parades, air shows, sightseeing tours, festivals and fireworks are Navy Pier favorites.
1200 S Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, IL 60605 Directions
Journey through the ocean without ever having to leave land at the Shedd Aquarium. The aquarium houses over 25,000 fish and animals within award-winning exhibits and attractions. Sea otters, beluga whales, sea turtles, penguins, sharks, octopi, and jellyfish are just a few of the inhabitants at the Shedd Aquarium.
The John G. Shedd Aquarium debuted in Chicago in 1930. At the time of its opening, the aquarium was the largest in the world and was the first inland aquarium with a permanent saltwater fish collection. The Shedd Aquarium was the most visited aquarium in the nation in 2005 and 2007, and is an essential part of Museum Campus along with the Adler Planetarium and the Field Museum of Natural History.
The aquarium welcomes over 2 million guests annually to view their extensive collection of over 1,500 species of fish, marine mammals, birds, snakes, amphibians and insects. In all, the Shedd Aquarium houses about 25,000 fish. The five permanent exhibits at the Shedd are Amazon Rising, Caribbean Reef, Waters of the World, the Oceanarium, and Wild Reef. The aquarium garnered the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' award for best exhibit in 1999 for Seahorse Symphony, in 2001 for Amazon Rising and in 2004 for Wild Reef.
Some of the animals and sea life that can be seen at the Shedd Aquarium are Alaska sea otters, beluga whales, Pacific white-sided dolphins, green sea turtles, Australian lungfish, Grand Caymon blue iguanas, sea lions, penguins, blacktip reef sharks, cownose rays, dragon moray eel, giant Pacific octopus, moon jellies, red-bellied piranhas, sea cucumbers, zebra sharks and sea stars.
Six Flags Great America
1 Great America Pkwy
Gurnee, IL 60031 Directions
Spend a day at the park with Looney Tunes and Justice League characters - the Six Flags Great America amusement park, that is. Six Flags has attractions, thrill rides, a water park and so much more waiting for you and your family. Be sure to bring the sunscreen and your sense of adventure.
233 S Wacker Dr
Chicago, IL 60606 Directions
Formerly known as the Sears Tower, the newly-renamed Willis Tower was completed in 1974 in downtown Chicago at 233 South Wacker Drive. The 108-story building was the tallest building in the world for nearly 25 years and still holds the title for tallest building in the United States.
The building's observation deck, the Skydeck, is located on the 103rd floor, about 1,353 feet above ground. The Skydeck is one of Chicago's most popular tourist attractions and welcomes approximately 1.3 million visitors annually. Recent renovations have introduced new glass balconies with glass floors. The balcony extends four feet over the street and provides gorgeous views of Illinois, Lake Michigan and even neighboring states Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin on a clear day. There is a second deck on the 99th floor, reserved for when the 103rd Skydeck is closed.
1410 S Museum Campus Dr
Chicago, IL 60605 Directions
See one of America's favorite NFL franchises take the field at Soldier Field. The Chicago Bears have played at Soldier Field since 1971. You're guaranteed a closer look at the ball game at the NFL's smallest venue.
Soldier Field was built on Chicago's Lake Shore Drive in the 1920s. The stadium was named in tribute to American soldiers and has been the home of the NFL's Chicago Bears since 1971. After renovations, the field became the smallest stadium in the league, seating 61,500 people. The front row seats on the 50-yard line are just 55 feet away from the sidelines, one of the shortest distances in any NFL team stadium. Many features of Soldier Field are memorials to Chicago Bears players of the past, and the field is rumored to have twice the amount of memorials of any other league stadium.
Soldier Field has had its share of memorable events, including The Chicago Freedom Movement, led by Martin Luther King, held a rally at Soldier Field on July 10, 1966, four NFC Championship Games and the 1994 FIFA World Cup matches. Musical heavyweights have also held stadium gigs at Soldier Field, including Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, Pink Floyd, U2 and the Dave Matthews Band.
1901 W Madison St
Chicago, IL 60612 Directions
See the famed NBA Chicago Bulls hit the court at the United Center. If basketball isn't your cup of tea, the venue hosts concerts and other attractions like Cirque du Soleil, Disney on Ice, and the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
The United Center, or "The Madhouse on Madison", is located on the Near West Side area of Chicago. The indoor sports arena is the home of the NBA's Chicago Bulls and the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks. The arena occupies about 46 acres and is the largest in the nation in physical size but not in capacity. The venue provides accommodations for around 20,000 spectators and hosts over 200 events annually. Recent renovations have equipped the venue with 144 flat screen TVs, new concessions, 169 executive suites, four new bars with panoramic views of the arena, a new video system, and graphics, signs and merchandise relevant to "The Madhouse on Madison."
Aside from sporting events, the United Center welcomes various shows like Cirque du Soleil, Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Disney on Ice, and concerts. U2 and Dave Matthews Band both released live concert DVDs filmed at the arena. Other performers who have taken the stage include Aerosmith, The Eagles, Eric Clapton, The Who, AC/DC, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Elton John, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, ZZ Top, Tim McGraw, Rod Stewart, Bruce Springsteen, Tina Turner, Madonna, Janet Jackson, Prince, Britney Spears, Paul McCartney, Tool, Pearl Jam, and Coldplay.
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