On the other hand, if you think you should narrow down your choices for the best Chicago attractions as you are short on time, then here is a quick guide to help you out.
Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum
Get your pockets full of some fine collection of historical astronomy artifacts in the Adler planetarium and astronomy museum. Explore the depths of the Universe and add to what you know about space and the world beyond our planet Earth. This planetarium marked its beginning in 1930 and it is the first one of its kind to be established in America.
Scale models of the Solar System, astronomical instruments bearing the touch of the ancient times and several interactive adventures and rare books are some of the many amazing assets of the Adler planetarium & astronomy museum. To add to all these, this is the only museum in the world to have two full-size planetarium theaters.
The Brookfield zoo is among the many great places to hang out with kids while you are in Chicago. It is in Illinois, west of Chicago. The zoo was established in 1934 and it homes about 450 animal species. Also known as Chicago Zoological Park, the Brookfield zoo gained popularity due to its use of moats and ditches, instead of cages for animals.
Apart from featuring the Australia House, Baboon Island, Wolf Woods, Reptile House, Pachyderm House and more, the zoo also has a butterfly garden, a simulated tropical rain forest and even a simulated thunderstorm. What's more? The zoo is open every day of the year and it also has dining options and gift shops.
No wonder you can view the whole of Chicago from this remarkable construction. Apart from the magnificent built of John Hancock Center, what's more interesting is that, different visits during the day or night will give you a different view of the city of Chicago altogether.
October 7, 1991 was the day when this library opened and it has the finesse of ancient Greek and Roman structures. The Harold Washington Library Center has its name mentioned in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest public library building in the world.
The Navy Pier is a fine place to enjoy the thrill of the nightlife in Chicago, as otherwise, you may miss the chance to enjoy an amusement ride and glimpse of the city from the top of the Ferris wheel.
Do visit this lovely place and do not miss the Frank Gehry-designed Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater, Lurie Garden, Cloud Gate, BP Bridge, Millennium Monument, Chase Promenade, Boeing Galleries and the most exciting of all, the Crown Fountain.
For music and entertainment, Ravinia should be among the first place you should visit. Well, why am I saying this? It's a great place for music lovers, wherein you can have a taste of classical, pop, contemporary, blues and jazz.
Apart from people visiting this festival for the varied musical acts and performances, what is mostly fancied by most tourists is picnicking on the lawn. You can purchase different food items from the onsite restaurants or you also have the option to pre-order them. Ravinia also offers gift shops and it is a smoke-free environment.
Known as Chicago's primary cultural attraction, the Shedd aquarium is an indoor public aquarium which features five permanent exhibits; the Caribbean Reef, Amazon Rising, Waters of the World, Oceanarium and Wild Reef. It was inaugurated on May 30, 1930.
On your visit to this aquarium, you will be amazed to see bonnet head sharks, southern stingrays, angelfish and hawksbill sea turtle, divers hand-feed sharks and eels, otters, octopus, whales, penguins, lizards, sea jellies, dolphins and many more - about 32,500 of them!
The Art Institute of Chicago
As the name suggests, the Art Institute of Chicago is a historical landmark which holds one of the world's greatest art collections. If you plan to spend an entire day of your visit at this Art Institute, you can get yourself acquainted with various exhibits and collections from Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.
Do remember to see the exhibits such as the African & Amerindian collection, the Ernest R. Graham Study Center for Architectural Drawings, the European Painting collection, the European Decorative Arts collection, the holdings of the Department of Textiles and the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art.
Besides these, other places to visit in Chicago include, the Sears Tower Skydeck, Amazing Chicago Funhouse Maze, Buckingham Fountain Northwestern Station, Ogilvie Transportation Center, Six Flags Great America, Chicago Air & Water Show, Chicago Blues Festival, Chicago Cultural Center, ESPN Zone, Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio and the Union Station.