5 Must-Visit Places in Chicago
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5 Must-Visit Places in Chicago

If you’re spending a weekend in the Windy City, here are five places that you should visit!

5 Must-Visit Places in Chicago
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This was a response to 5 Things To Do In Boston.

This past weekend, I went to Chicago with my friend to see Taylor Swift’s concert at Soldier Field. While I could talk about that concert for hours and a lot of my time in Chicago was spent trading friendship bracelets, I’m so glad that I was able to explore the city along the way. Chicago has been on my bucket list of places to go for a while and it did not disappoint!

1. Art Institute of Chicago

This museum was on the top of my list of things to see in Chicago as I love browsing art museums even more than I love Taylor Swift. The Art Institute of Chicago is one of the largest and oldest art museums in the world, with around 300,000 works of art. The museum scene in Ferris Bueller’sDay Off has always been one of my favorites and I can now confirm that staring at "A Sunday on La Grande Jatte” is a must to have the best day in Chicago.

2. Millennium Park and Cloud Gate

A few weeks after the pandemic hit, the music department of my high school had to cancel our spring trip in Chicago. I’m happy to say that three years later I was finally able to accomplish the thing that I was most excited for: seeing the bean. I’m not sure why I have been so excited to see the cloud gate for three years but this work of art did not disappoint. While visiting, we were able to relax in Millennium Park and listen to the gospel concert near us which was incredible. You can learn more about one of Chicago’s most popular sights and the surrounding park here!

3. Navy Pier

As someone from Cleveland, I was impressed by Chicago’s beautiful waterfront and how beautiful Lake Michigan looked. I especially appreciated the great view while stuck in traffic, trying to get to our Airbnb. The parks along the lake coast boast great running, walking, and biking paths while Navy Pier offers a diverse variety of events and public programs. Be sure to check out their calendar to see if there are any free concerts, lake cruises, firework shows, or art exhibits available while you’re in town!

4. Riverwalk

The Riverwalk has something for everyone and is the perfect spot to visit during the summertime with different restaurants and recreational experiences. The Chicago Riverwalk has six coves along the way, giving you the chance to learn about river ecology, rent a kayak for the afternoon, and the perfect spots to relax. Whether it’s for a date night or a picnic with friends, the Riverwalk has so much to offer!

5. Chicago French Market

Although I wasn’t able to go to a market while in Chicago, the city is home to plenty of outdoor and indoor year-round markets with many selling goods from fresh produce to vintage clothing. The Chicago French Market features almost 30 specialty vendors selling a wide variety of foods and meal options. Try something new or stop by for a favorite!

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