Summer is always beautiful here in Chicago. The store gets super busy and Wicker Park is alive with the sounds of people enjoying the warm weather. Every now and again I get the chance to act like a tourist in my own city. I don't understand all the people out there that refuse to take in the touristy sites Chicago has to offer.
I feel like no matter where you live, there are those friends who have never been to the "this city is known for" places. Yeah, they can be crowded and full of tourists taking group pictures and pointing, but don't they look like they're having fun?
1. SKYDECK CHICAGO
I LOVE acting like a tourist in my own city. The city is so big there's an almost endless list of "things to do" in Chicago. Have you ever been up to the SkyDeck
in the Sear's tower? (Yeah, I know, its called the Willis tower now, but my heart can't accept this). You start by going into the Sear's tower and taking a quick tour. Your tour guide will be able to tell you all about the history of this Chicago icon. Once you're up at the skydeck you get to enter into a glass cage hanging off the side of the building about 1,353 feet off the ground. It's amazing. And you're going to wow all your friends with the amazing pictures you can take.
2. MILLENIUM PARK
Cloud Gate or "The Bean" as it's lovingly known is another place for great pictures. Depending on what season you go visit, there's something different going on around this piece of art. The bean is a great place to catch a light show, or interactive theatre performance. Did you see the luminous art installation
? If you've already seen the Bean during the day, why not try coming out at night? Same park entirely different atmosphere. Millenium Park is open late and believe it or not, there's always someone there taking pictures or running through the twin fountains. There's always something going on here, make sure to come back
frequently and see what's new!
Remember being a kid and running through fountains? Splashing around and laughing with your friends or family until a guard came and shooed you away. You can still enjoy fountains as an adult at Millenium Park. The twin fountains are always full of families and friends running around in the water. During the day the fountains will have faces or "shoot" water from the sides. At night however its a mini light show! I took these photos at 11 at night on a weekday and there were still people outside playing in the water.
Beside the Bean and the fountains, make sure to check out the art exhibits, the Luarie Gardens and the concert hall. All the events at the park are free and awesome, so go check it out! Click HERE
to check out their current schedule.
3. CHICAGO THEATER
Chicago theatre is really magical and I cannot say it enought, YOU NEED TO GO. Sure New York gets all the hype for Broadway but Chicago is a hub for live performance. Go check out the Chicago Theatre!
Comedy, plays, musical performance, do you like live performances? Then this venue has it all.
Do you like improv? Chicago is home to the Second City Theatre
which was established in 1959. This theatre is world renowned and some of your favorite comedy actors have come out of here. Do the names Chris Farley, John Belushi, GIlda Radner and Dan Aykroyd sound familiar?
4. WATER TOWER PLAZA
Last on my list but definitely not last on places to visit in Chicago, is the Water Tower. This historic building is a Chicago icon, made out of stone and looking like something out of a fairy tale. This tower now acts as a musuem / art gallery and is free to the public.
The water tower might be crawling with people but I recommend coming here at night. The tower itself is lit up and there are usually lights up in the small park surrounding it. Not to mention there's plenty of shopping you can do. There's also a chocolate tour that starts around the corner of the Hershey store!
Until next time! xoxo