Chicago

Things to do in Chicago

Chicago’s diverse blend of design, art, culture, music, and architecture means you’ll never run out of things to do in Chicago. For a relaxing, loosely structured day, visit Millennium Park to take in views of the Chicago waterfront and admire Cloud Gate, Chicago’s famous reflective bean sculpture. Stimulate your artistic side with a visit to Museum Campus, which houses three museums in one, and showcases the world’s most complete Tyrannosaurus skeleton, among other amazing treasures. One of the most popular things to do in Chicago is to visit the Chicago Blues Festival. Taking place over three days and across five stages, this festival, celebrating Chicago’s foundational role in the blues movement, draws more than half a million fans from around the world to celebrate the scene’s past, present and future. Created in 1984 to honor Muddy Waters, one of the progenitors of the Chicago blues style, the festival has hosted famous performers like BB King, Ray Charles, Bonnie Raitt, and Chuck Berry. (Jazz lovers can take in the Chicago Jazz Festival, too).

More cerebral Chicago activities come courtesy of the Chicago Architecture Foundation, which operates nearly 90 different tours, which you can take by boat, by bus, or on foot, and which cover everything from the city’s ultramodern skyscrapers to the historic downtown district and tours of various neighbourhoods. The foundation also organizes an Appetite for Design series, which merges culinary and architectural appreciation at some of Chicago’s top restaurants.

Opened in 2008 by comfort food chef Cynthia Kallile, this unusual Lakeview bakery delights diners with an assortment of savory cupcakes made with different kinds of meatloaf.

Stroll down the Magnificent Mile and stop at Garrett Popcorn. Although the company now has stores throughout Chicago and New York City, the first one opened at 10 West Madison Street, Chicago, in 1949.

The non-academic sister store to the Seminary Co-op, 57th Street Books is located underground in an unassuming red-brick building in Hyde Park. Inside, five low-ceilinged rooms are connected by brick archways and hide dozens of small nooks where patrons can enjoy newfound reads.

This is one of only seven Bahai temples on earth and just one in the Western Hemisphere, built for the more than five million people worldwide who practice the ecumenical religion known as the Bahai Faith.

In operation since 1916, the Arts Club of Chicago hosts three public art exhibits each year in its gallery space on East Ontario Street. The building, which opened in 1997, was the first venue ever owned by the club and features a famous Mies van der Rohe-designed steel staircase.

Wave patrons can take in Lake Michigan views while sipping cocktails at this lounge located in the W Chicago – Lakeshore hotel. Overlooking the shore and Navy Pier, Wave's interior is dominated by a monochromatic palate accented by splashes of bright red.

Whether you’re hoping to indulge in a leisurely breakfast, in need of quick lunch, or simply looking for a few gourmet goodies, Goddess and Grocer is a divine option. This Gold Coast café-meets-grocery welcomes visitors with its cheerful yellow walls and glass cases lined with tasty treats.

Ideal for shoppers seeking reasonably priced wardrobe basics, this small clothing boutique sells what owner Sandy Horwitz calls "every day wear for the urban girl." Behind the all-glass storefront in Bucktown, the bright, airy shop features well-organized displays of Michael Stars tees, Neesh swe

Special Booking: Jensen creates itineraries such as tours of Greenland’s northernmost reaches above the Arctic Circle by private helicopter and dogsled, or cruises up the Ilulissat ice fjords in expedition-caliber ships. Years as agent: 19.

Whether you’re a connoisseur of vintages or a new apprentice in the field of oenology, you can easily expand your knowledge with the help of the Chicago Wine School. Owned by passionate and down-to-earth veteran instructor Patrick W.