Chicago, on Lake Michigan in Illinois, is among the largest cities in the U.S. Famed for its bold architecture, it has a skyline punctuated by skyscrapers such as the iconic John Hancock Center, 1,451-ft. Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) and the neo-Gothic Tribune Tower. The city is also renowned for its museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago with its noted Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works.

  • Millennium Park - Green space with art, theater & ice rink: 24.5-acre green space with a video display, the reflective "Bean" sculpture & an outdoor theater.
  • Willis Tower - Super-tall skyscraper with city vistas: Iconic, 110-story skyscraper featuring expansive views of Chicago from its 103rd-story Skydeck.
  • Navy Pier - Destination with rides, shops & food: Former Navy training center draws crowds with carnival rides, restaurants, shops & fireworks.
  • Cloud Gate - Mirrored, bean-shaped sculpture: Huge outdoor sculpture shaped like a bean & allowing for views from its many mirrored sides.
  • The Art Institute of Chicago - Jewelry, decor & books inspired by art: 2 boutiques in the Loop museum specializing in art books, jewelry, decor & souvenirs.
  • John Hancock Center - Sky-high city views from 94th-floor deck: Skyscraper observation deck offering panoramic city views from 1,000 feet up, plus food & drink.
  • Shedd Aquarium - Aquatic creatures from around the world: State-of-the-art indoor aquarium, famous for its variety of habitats & views of Lake Michigan.
  • Skydeck Chicago - Panoramic views from 1353 feet above: 103rd floor of the former Sears Tower with clear observation boxes & views extending to four states.
  • Grant Park - Home to numerous Downtown attractions: 319-acre centerpiece of Downtown housing some of the city's busiest attractions.
  • Lincoln Park Zoo - Free zoo with an interactive farm: Small, free zoo with lions, primates, reptiles, a children's area & an interactive farm exhibit.