Attractions

Chicago, Illinois Attractions & Entertainment
From world-class museums and live entertainment to outdoor activities and interesting neighborhoods, Chicago is home to some of the best attractions in the country. Visitors of all ages will enjoy this vibrant city’s list of great attractions and fun things to do. Searching for South Loop activities in our neighborhood? Click here for some of the best dining, shopping, top attractions and more. 

  • Willis Tower Skydeck
    On a clear day you can see forever - well, maybe to Michigan, Wisconsin and Indiana from the 103rd floor observatory. While you're up there, visit the interactive exhibits that tell visitors about Chicago's dreamers, schemers, architects, musicians, writers and sports greats.

  • Chicago Cultural Center
    Built in 1897 as the city's public library and transformed into a showplace for visual and performing arts in 1991, the Chicago Cultural Center is an overlooked civic treasure. The crowning centerpiece is Preston Bradley Hall's majestic Tiffany dome, said to be the largest of its kind in the world.
    Address: 78 E. Washington St
    Phone: 312 744-6630

  • Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture
    Wright's Prairie School captured the flat, expansive Midwestern plains he saw around him. Oak Park, a Chicago suburb, has many fine examples though one of the best is Robie House in Hyde Park, which is open for tours daily.

  • John Hancock Center Observatory
    When you want panoramic views of the lake and surrounding skyline - this is the place. At 1,127 feet high "Big John" is the third tallest building in Chicago. Visitors flock to the 94th floor observatory where - on a clear day - they can see four states. But, the observatory isn't nearly as interesting as the bar that adjoins the Signature Room restaurant on the 95th floor. There's a little more atmosphere to savor the view and you can purchase a cocktail instead of paying the observatory entry fee.

  • Bronzeville
    Famous local historic figures like Louis Armstrong, Ida B. Wells - a women's rights and African American civil-rights crusader and Bessie Coleman, the first African-American woman pilot are immortalized in bronze in this area that is rapidly becoming gentrified.

  • Earnest Hemingway Birthplace
    Part of the literary legacy of Oak Park, a three-story turreted Queen Anne Victorian stands in frilly contrast to the many streamlined Praire-style homes elsewhere in the neighborhood. There are period-furnished rooms and many photos and artifacts pertaining to Hemingway's early life. You can even look inside the room in which the author was born on July 21, 1899.
    Address: 339 N. Oak Park Ave.
    Phone: 708 848-2222

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