Chicago is a nice central hub for us, so we’ve been making more frequent trips to the area lately. I’ve included details on the specific trips we’ve done as well as other sites that could be added on if you’ll be in town longer. Several links are posted throughout for more in depth blog posts about those specific activities.
Weekend 1: (Saturday afternoon through Sunday afternoon)
- Concert or game at Wrigley field – We went to the Luke Bryan concert at Wrigley last August
- We got there a couple hours before the concert and paid to park at a restaurant nearby. Then we wandered around the area & stopped off for some drinks. We figured we’d be parked in and have to wait awhile after the concert to leave, but we lucked out and had no problem.
- Willis Tower Skydeck
- The views were great, but I’m not going to lie it felt like we were in Disney World. After entering the building there was a long weaving line. Then you get filed onto an elevator and go to the basement where there is another long weaving line. There is a booth where you can purchase a “Fast Pass” which does save a lot of time, but we were trying to be frugal and skipped it (although if you’re paying for parking in the lots nearby it may not be that much more expensive to buy the fastpass when you think about the money saved on parking…). There were videos and informational displays along the lines, and I really didn’t mind waiting. After buying tickets, there are more lines… then you watch an informational video and THEN you take an elevator up to the skydecks.
- Giordono’s pizza
- After the Skydeck we walked to Giordono’s. They told us ordering the deep dish pizza could take 45min to 1hr to prepare, which was good to know ahead. We ordered one and it was AMAZING. Can’t wait to go back!
(Where Ferris stood in the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off!)
Weekend 2: (Saturday morning through Sunday afternoon)
- The Field Museum
- We parked at Soldier Field, and spent about 3 hours at the museum.
- Drinks at Northside Bar & Grill
- Dinner at Saved by the Max (A MUST VISIT for any Saved by the Bell fans!)
- Checking out famous houses from the movies (Home Alone, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Sixteen Candles, etc.)
- The Home Alone House was being worked on! There was a large fence around the house with security cameras and no trespassing signs.
- To find addresses of famous houses I use RoadTrippers website
Other places I’ve been in Chicago but it’s been awhile… if you’re in town another 1/2 day or so, any of these would be fun to check out.
- Shedd Aquarium (This one is my favorite!)
- The Art Institute of Chicago
- Museum of Science of Industry
- Lincoln Park Zoo (Free zoo, but have to pay for parking)
- Wandering around Navy Pier – we did a boat tour, saw the Bob Newhart statue, and shopped
Places in Chicago I’m planning on in the future
- The Planetarium
- Frank Lloyd Wright tours
- Millennium Park
- The Bean
- Boat tours or kayaking on the River
Things NEAR Chicago, that are fun to add on are:
Chicago is such a great place to visit! I can’t wait to head back. What are your favorite things to do there?