[dropcap]C[/dropcap]hicago, also known as the “Windy City” among the commoners in the area, is a beautiful city running along the sides of the renowned Lake Michigan. The city is equally famous for its modern city life as it is for ancient and contemporary artistic culture. The beautiful scenery available in and around the city is also marvelous, offering tourists with a complete package. The city is filled with artistic monuments and scenes, great attractions of culture, exquisite pieces of architecture and amazing places for shopping among many other such tourist attractions.
The third largest city in the United States of America boasts of a large number of places that must not be missed by visiting tourists. Today, we have listed ten such places that must be visited by every tourist in the area.
1. The Art Institute of Chicago
Consisting of hundreds of thousands of art pieces, the Art Institute of Chicago serves as a great tourist attraction. A world class museum that houses art pieces from every phase of the history of mankind, this 400,000 square feet tourist attraction is a must-visit regardless of whether you are with family or alone.
2. Millennium Park
Featuring the world famous Cloud Gate (affectionately known as the “Bean”), Millennium Park has become a great spot for tourists over the course of the past few decades. With lots of open spaces and greenery, and surrounded by numerous high-rise buildings, this spot has a number of fun-filled activities for tourists.
3. Michigan Avenue and the “Magnificent Mile”
Considered by many as one of the most beautiful and attractive boulevards across the United States of America, the Magnificent Mile is a section of the Michigan Avenue. This section houses a number of famous buildings, galleries, luxury shops and boutiques among many others. A great spot for tourists to have a good time!
4. Navy Pier
Originally opened in the year 1916, the Navy Pier is a shipping facility that also combines as an amusement area. The renowned spot features great tourist attractions such as a 150-feet large Ferris wheel, 50 acres of gardens, restaurants, shops, concert venues, parks and many others. The Chicago Festival, held in the month of august, is also a great attraction for tourists from all parts of the globe.
5. Shakespeare Theater
A permanent facility located within the Navy Pier, the Shakespeare Theater is a prominent tourist attraction in the city of Chicago. The theater hosts a large number of plays all through the year with several renowned actors taking the stage in these plays. This is a great place to visit for people who want to watch great characters being enacted on stage.
6. Museum of Science and Industry
The second museum to feature on our list today, the Museum of Science and Industry was founded in the year 1933, and is located in the northern end of Johnson Park. This facility is considered by many to be the finest museum in the city of Chicago. Incorporating the idea of “hands-on” exhibition, visitors enjoy the unique experience of personal interactions with the large number of exhibits in the museum.
7. The Lyric Opera of Chicago
Initiated in the year 1954, the Lyric Opera of Chicago is a world renowned opera house that has seen widely popular classics and stories being played over the years. The facility also hosts a full opera season that is held every year from the month of October every year, and runs until the month of March the following year. The stage has witnessed a large number of classics being played by famous artists from around the world.
8. Oriental Institute Museum
Another museum to feature in this list, the Oriental Institute Museum is located within the campus of the University of Chicago. This facility is dedicated to archeology and the art of the Near East. The museum houses a large number of historic art pieces that have been excavated in Middle Eastern countries such as Turkey, Egypt, Sudan, Iraq and Israel among many others.
9. Garfield Park Conservatory
The Garfield Park Conservatory is a publicly owned botanical garden built in the earlier part of the twentieth century. The conservatory is now operated and managed by the office of the Chicago Park District. Featuring a number of gardens along with incredible architecture, this is one of the most frequented spots of tourist destination in the city.
10. Buckingham Fountain
The Buckingham Fountain was designed by famous architect Edward Bennett, and modeled after the famous Latona Fountain located in Versailles. The sprays of the fountain have been known to reach amazing heights (almost as high as up to 16-storey buildings). The surrounding pools and the beautiful designing of the fountain render the piece of art to be an incredible attraction for tourists from all over the world.
There are several other places in the city that may prove to be great attractions for the thousands of tourists visiting the city every year.