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Things to Do Your First Time in Chicago


As one of the largest and most flourishing US cities, Chicago has always been a popular destination both for domestic and international travellers. Its thriving commercial and industrial ventures, world-class museums, fine restaurants and dazzling nightlife offer a little something for everyone.

For a first time visitor there are a number of iconic Chicago sights and attraction you don’t want to miss.


  1. Millennium Park and Cloud Gate

With 25 acres of beautiful green space, incredible architecture and some iconic pieces of public art, Millennium Park is a great place to start exploring Chicago. It is also home to Chicago’s signature landmark: Cloud Gate.

Cloud Gate, also known as “The Bean” (nicknamed for its shape) is one of Chicago’s most recognizable sights and probably most Instagrammable as well. This sculpture by Sir Anish Kapoor was installed in 2006 and is made of smoothly polished stainless steel that reflects and distorts the city skyline. It is impressively big, so much that you can even walk under the arch.

  1. Art Institute of Chicago

One of the best museums in the world, the Art Institute of Chicago houses more than 300,000 artifacts, sculptural pieces and paintings of different eras and genres. If you are into art then definitely include this in your Chicago itinerary and plan on spending one full day here.

  1. Navy Pier

Enjoy the beauty and the thrills of a day on Lake Michigan at Chicago Navy Pier. This place is an all-in-one entertainment spot for visitors of all ages, as it has beautiful parks, promenades, shops, eateries, attractions and a newly updated ferris wheel.

  1. Skydeck Chicago

This is definitely going to be the highlight of your Chicago trip as you will get to climb to the top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and step outside to the The Ledge, a glass balcony extending four feet outside the 103rd floor of Willis Tower! Make sure to bring your camera to capture this thrilling, once in a lifetime experience, and of course the incredible views of Chicago and Lake Michigan.

  1. The Magnificent Mile

The Magnificent Mile, also known as the Mag Mile is the upscale shopping street in Chicago, similar to  Fifth Avenue in New York and La Rambla in Barcelona. Even if you are not planning on splurging on a Chanel bag, it is still worth to take a stroll down the Mag Mile, as the variety of shops and attractions are countless.