Top Chicago Must-See List

August 26, 2009 at 12:30 pm 2 comments

This post is part of a series of posts that highlight some of the fun and inexpensive ways to explore your metropolis and absorb a bit of culture in the process. Although these activities are specific to Chicago, it will give you some great ideas of what to look out for in your own city.

So you are unemployed, you are a recent graduate with no cash flow or you have a job but no money because you are saving as much as possible in the event of the L-word (layoffs) infects your company. You’ve made a budget, and you are sticking to it. Times are tough, but that does not mean you can’t have fun this summer. You don’t have to sit at home worried about spending money. Plan your staycation and see the sights of Chicagoland!

So this is my second post about some really awesome things to check out in Chicago. All the information has been condensed, as I encountered writer’s distraught – condition not quite as disabilitating as writer’s block. I was inspired to pass along the major details in list form so that you, too, may have exciting Chicago adventures. I hope these attractions inspire you and brighten your day. Thank you for reading!

Gwynne’s Top 10 Chicago Must-See List

  1. The Edge at the Willis (Sears) Tower: Where else can you look down 103 floors?
  2. The Signature Lounge at the John Hancock Tower: For the price of a cocktail you get more than amazing views.
  3. The Lincoln Park Zoo: What can I say? As one of the nation’s oldest zoos, it made the list because it was the place where my siblings first saw cows. Be sure to check out the pacing leopard.
  4. Escape the busy metropolis in a foliage-filled sanctuary: The Lincoln Park Conservatory, The Garfield Conservatory, The Alfred Caldwell Lily Pond.
  5. Cheer on the home team at a sporting event: Whether it be da Cubs, da Bears or da Blackhawks, it’s Chicago, and we’re all about supporting our teams.
  6. Free days at the museum: The Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum and the Adler Planetarium all offer free days throughout the year. During the summer Tuesdays are free at the Museum of Contemporary Art and enjoy alfresco jazz on the terrace.
  7. Neighborhood tours: Whether you use the Chicago Greeter service or grab a tour book and set out on your own, it is about time you learned a bit about a new culture. Did you know that Chicago’s Chinatown has one of only a handful of replicas of the Nine Dragon Wall in Beijing’s Forbidden City? 
  8. The Loop: Buckingham Fountain, Shopping, Millennium Park and the Art Institute of Chicago: Target has been a lovely sponsor this summer – Thursdays and Friday evenings are FREE at the AIC and all sorts of music is offered at various times.
  9. Chicago Museum of History: Free Mondays. History of Chicago. It’s best to know where you came from to know where you’re going.
  10. Bakeries and local restaurants: Check them out! It’s imperative that you understand the inter-workings of your neighborhood.

Cheers, G

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  • 1. Merissa  |  September 1, 2009 at 7:42 am

    This is an awesome blog Gwynne! These are some great Chicago ideas, and I’ll be sure to put them to use!

    Thanks!

    Reply
    • 2. Gwynne Murphy  |  September 1, 2009 at 12:41 pm

      Thanks Merissa! There are so many neat things to do in Chicago. I wanted to share the wealth of information that I uncovered in my explorations. Please let me know if you have any questions about specific activities.

      Reply

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