Appreciate the art & architecture
From major tourist attractions like the Bean to historic buildings like the Chicago Avenue Pumping Station to ornate structures like the city’s Polish cathedrals, the city has its own unique look. If gazing at buildings bores you, visit any of the city’s art galleries, museums, parks or public squares, where you’re bound to run into a local artist’s sculpture or mural.
Marvel at the skyline
Sure, skylines in New York and L.A. are legendary but Chicago’s is nothing to balk at. Gleaming skyscrapers like the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower), Aon Center and the Legacy at Millennium Park adorn Chicago’s skies with a sense of majesty and importance. Plus, did you know Chicago is the birthplace of the world’s first skyscraper? They know what they’re doing.
Still enjoy the beach – yes, seriously
Chicago is no coastal city but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some sand and sun. Lake Michigan is large enough to look like an ocean (sans saltwater), meaning you’ll have plenty of chances to soak in some rays on a nice day.
Embrace different cultures
Diversity is a way of life here. Many of the city’s neighborhoods display a rich array of cultures from all over the world, such as Chinatown, Greektown and the Polish Triangle, to name a few.