As we’re starting to settle down from the freezing cold that is a Chicago winter (let’s forget about the polar vortex), it’s coming time for friends and family to come visit Chicago for its beautiful springtime. For those of you who don’t know where to take friends and family when they come to visit, we’ve got you covered.
The Riverwalk is a staple when it comes to showing off what Chicago has to offer. It’s a way to soak in the architecture of the city and get a feel for the people in it. It’s calming within the sometimes hectic nature of the city. Coffee shops lining the walk serve as great resting areas as you saunter along and watch ferries and smaller boats coast by on the river. It has a lot of replay value in the sense that it’s always interesting to walk along the river, whether you’ve never been or run along it every morning.
Of course. Everyone knows about the bean, but it’s a trademark of the city. For those of you who don’t know, the sculpture is actually called “Cloud Gate” and not the bean. Interesting bit of trivia as you drive into the city. Besides the giant reflective bean, Millennium Park usually has some sort of event resembling a farmer’s market going on. There’s often local music playing as well and it’s a great place to relax with some friends on an afternoon.
The Buckingham Fountain is a criminally short walk away from Millennium Park and is a must see if you go to the latter. It’s an impressive piece of architecture and has water shows every hour on the hour. The French inspiration for the fountain makes you feel like you’re not in America but the Chicago skyline begs to differ. A great view and another relaxing get for visitors.
Hop into a town car and head towards Wrigleyville. It has something for everyone with the latest renovations to the area. Some purists might dislike some of the newer restaurants and bars but there are still many that remain. Even if you’re a Sox fan there’s no denying that Wrigleyville is a great hang. It’s in the middle of the city and represents the culture that the city has been built on.
The Water tower
You might know the story of the Chicago Water Tower but it’s worth it to head over and check it out. Although it wasn’t the only building to survive the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, it’s on a very shortlist of buildings that did. It’s another attraction that has a combination of the “old” side of Chicago and is transplanted amongst skyscrapers on Michigan Avenue.
Navy Pier might be more appealing to a younger audience (grandkids, nieces and nephews for instance) but it’s still a fun place to visit if you have time. They offer water tours that follow the Chicago River as mentioned before and as you can see from a distance, the infamous Ferris wheel. A potential date spot if you’re looking for one.
If you have friends or family that are looking for things to do on a visit to Chicago, take a look at these items and see if they fit what you have in mind. This list isn’t necessarily a comprehensive itinerary but it can be used as an idea generator to fill your own personal favorites in between them!