Check Out Chicago and You Won’t be Disappointed

Chicago may be known for its harsh winters, but no matter what time of year you visit, you’ll be able to find a wide variety of activities to do- both indoors and outdoors. Here are some of our can’t-miss places to visit in Chicago.

Art Institute of Chicago: A rainy or snow day is the perfect excuse to explore this iconic institution. Home to over 300,000 works of art, the Art Institute has artifacts from all over the world and from every era beginning with antiquity. You might even want to come back a second day.

Chicago Riverwalk: Pleasant weather? Leave your hotel room behind and venture to the Riverwalk, where you can see Chicago’s famous architecture up close and enjoy a bite at one of the many waterfront cafes and restaurants.

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Lou Malnati’s: You can’t leave Chicago without getting a taste of the world-famous Chicago deep dish pizza- and if you’re fighting cold weather or winter storms, you’ll need the sustenance that only deep dish pizza can provide.

North Avenue Beach: There’s nothing like summer in Chicago, and North Avenue Beach on Lake Michigan is one of the best places to take in the sunshine. Lounge on the sand or enjoy some beach volleyball or paddleboarding- don’t forget to get a bite to eat at Castaway’s.

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Maggie Daley Park: Whether it’s winter or summer, the newMaggie Daley Park has something for you to do. In the winter, hop on the ice-skating ribbon; in the summer, try your hand at one of the rock-climbing sculptures or pack a lunch to enjoy on one of the many green acres. With a prime location on the lakefront, the Maggie Daley Park is the perfect place for tourists and locals alike to enjoy their time.


Don’t let the weather get in the way of enjoying your time in Chicago. With attractions for each season, you’ll be able to enjoy the Second City any time of year.

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