There’s no city in the American Midwest quite like Chicago. As one of the largest cities between New York and Los Angeles, it’s considered the heartland of the United States, and has an incredible array of amenities to back it up.
Chicago’s skyline is filled with some of the world’s most impressive architectural marvels. Meander the Riverwalk, hop on a Chicago River cruise tour or rent a kayak and get up close and personal with the city’s built history.
Prefer to see things from a completely different perspective? Look up — way up. The 360-degree views of the city from either Skydeck Chicago in the Willis Tower — the tallest building in the western hemisphere — or the 360 Chicago observation deck on the 94th floor of the John Hancock Center are jaw-dropping experiences.
Heights not your thing? The Impressionist collection at the Art Institute of Chicago are sure to, well, make an impression, as are the modern masterpieces from across the globe. And of course a visit to Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate — better-known as The Bean — is a must. (A selfie is practically mandatory.) The nearby 24-acre Millennium Park is a must-see natural beauty, and the Lakefront Trail is a great spot for a walk, run or (weather permitting) skate.
While you’re exploring Chicago’s outdoor attractions, be sure to pop over to the 606, a new 2.7-mile trail on an old repurposed above-ground rail line that’s reminiscent of New York’s High Line.
You’re sure to work up an appetite while exploring Chicago, and the city’s culinary diversity and talent is surprisingly strong. From a casual (and oh-so-classic) hot dog to white-tablecloth fare and everything in between, the city’s a real treat for foodies.