Chicago is a city with a rich history and plenty of amazing sights to see. From the second tallest building in the world to one of the most iconic baseball fields in America, the Windy City has it all. For a well-rounded taste of all the city has to offer, make sure you visit these six top landmarks in Chicago.
Of all the landmarks in Chicago, the one you absolutely can’t skip is Cloud Gate. After all, you can’t visit Chicago without getting a picture with “The Bean”! The giant public sculpture made by Indian-born British artist Sir Anish Kapoor is the centerpiece of AT&T Plaza at Millennium Park. Made up of 168 stainless steel plates welded together, its highly polished exterior has no visible seams and reflects and distorts the city’s skyline. Walk around and under Cloud Gate’s 12-foot-high arch to see Chicago from a whole new perspective.
Sports fan or not, you simply must visit Wrigley Field. This historic baseball field is one of the most iconic landmarks in Chicago, and it pays tribute to one of America’s favorite pastimes. Wrigley Field opened in 1914 and is the second oldest Major League Baseball stadium in the league, after Fenway Park in Boston. Babe Ruth’s “called shot” took place in this grand venue, when he pointed to the bleachers in game three of the 1932 World Series just before hitting a homerun. As if its historical significance isn’t enough, the stadium’s ivy-covered outfield walls sets it apart from any other in the country.
Enjoy sunny days in Chicago at Navy Pier, a lakefront destination located between Illinois Avenue and Grand Avenue. The pier offers plenty to see and do, from shopping and art exhibitions to restaurants and amusement attractions. Go for a ride on the Centennial Wheel, a Ferris wheel that towers nearly 200 feet above the ground and offers sweeping views of the city.
If you’re looking for a thrill, make your way to Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) and take the elevator to the 103rd floor to Skydeck Chicago. Willis Tower is the second tallest building in America and its Skydeck observation deck is a popular tourist attraction. The deck offers stunning views of the Chicago skyline and a glass Ledge where visitors can walk out from the tower for an exhilarating view of the streets below!
Lincoln Park Zoo
Just like all of the top landmarks in Chicago, the Lincoln Park Zoo has a rich history. Founded in 1868, it is one of the oldest zoos in the country. You can visit the zoo for free any time of the year to see nearly 200 animal species, from iguanas to monkeys. The zoo also offers a variety of fun events for all ages, from adults-only wine and wildlife nights to hands-on educational experiences for kids.
Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park
Make a stop in Grant Park to see the water spectacle that is the Clarence F. Buckingham Memorial Fountain. Buckingham Fountain was built in the mid-1920s and continues to mesmerize onlookers with a thrilling water display every 20 minutes. Every night the show becomes even more astounding as light and music are synchronized to the display.
We hope you have fun visiting these incredible landmarks in Chicago! What Chicago landmarks have left the biggest impression on you? Let us know – and if you’re looking for short-term corporate housing or a home-away-from-home in Chicago, we’d love to show you around our community. You can also schedule a tour online or give us a call at 312-787-8080.
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