A native of the South, Chicago has become my absolute favorite city to visit. These city posts are not for locals of the city, but for fellow tourists such as myself. Here are the must see things (read: most basic) things to do in Chicago.
You knew it was coming. This is the restaurant located at the top of the Hancock Building. Expect to spend between $100-$200 on your drinks and meal, but frankly, it’s worth the view. Also, make a reservation to avoid standing in line for 3+ hours.
Pro Tip-You can see fireworks from Pier Park if you time it right.
Home to the World Series Champs 2017, you must sit in the bleacher seats to have the full experience. Post series win, I haven’t been to a game, but in 2007, when they beat the Arizona Diamondbacks, my life was forever changed singing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”, chill bumps and all. Also, see the man who lives inside the scoreboard.
Because you might be broke after these two attractions, the rest of the attractions are affordable options.
“You never know what you’re going to get.” No sentence better sums up the experience at the comedy club at Second City than the immortal words of Forrest Gump. Grab tickets online for improv and sketch shows that have produced the likes of Bill Murray and Tina Fey, to name a few. Arrive early, be sure to tip your wait staff and come with a sense of humor.
Lincoln Park Zoo
One of the few free attractions, the Linkin Park Zoo is where you go if you love children and field trips. Otherwise, it’s just a stop along the way when you’re walking 16+ miles throughout the city, because Chicago. Also, my fellow angsty teenager friends would get a kick knowing I originally titled this “Linkin Park Zoo”. In the end, it doesn’t even matter.
Go join the likes of schoolchildren and tourists to gather in one spot for a photo-op at Cloudgate in Millennium Park. Made up of 168 stainless steel plates welded together (thank you, wikipedia), the structure is basically a giant mirror. Did you even go to Chicago if you didn’t take a photo here?