Downtown Chicago, Illinois Tourist Attractions - Tons of Fun Things to Do!

There are plenty of things to see and do in and around downtown Chicago, Illinois for both adults and kids. Ride the 150-foot-high Ferris wheel at Navy Pier. Explore the amazing Oceanarium at Shedd Aquarium. Stargaze to your heart's content at Adler Planetarium. Read about these and other family-friendly tourist attractions in the list below.

Navy Pier Chicago, Illinois.

It began in 1916 as a shipping and recreational facility. Today, Navy Pier is home to restaurants, shops, and wildly popular attractions. Discover everything from the Chicago Children's Museum to Crystal Gardens to Pier Park, which is renowned for a sky-high Ferris wheel. For more information, visit
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Adler Planetarium Chicago, Illinois.

Fans of the universe will be big fans of Adler Planetarium, America's first planetarium. Discover over 35,000 square feet of exhibits that include scale models of the Solar System and ancient astronomical instruments. For more information, visit


Shedd Aquarium Chicago, Illinois.

Chicago Illinois - Aquarium You'll see an incredible collection of sea creatures at Shedd Aquarium, the largest indoor aquarium in the world. The first inland aquarium to house permanent freshwater and saltwater fish exhibits, Shedd Aquarium doubled in size when the Oceanarium opened in 1991. For more information, visit


Soldier Field Chicago, Illinois.

Built in honor of veterans of World War I, Soldier Field is where the Chicago Bears play their National Football League home games. Highlights of the stadium include a "doughboy" foot soldier statue and a Veteran's Memorial water wall dedicated to American veterans of all wars. For more information, visit
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Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois.

One of the world's finest art museums, the Art Institute of Chicago presents 5,000 years of phenomenal works. Enjoy timeless paintings, sculptures, photographs, and prints. Plus, check out some of the unique lectures and workshops. For more information, visit


Chicago Illinois - John Hancock Observatory

John Hancock Observatory Chicago, Illinois.

If you've got vertigo, the John Hancock Observatory may not be for you. The top of this imposing structure is 94 stories high and offers stunning views of downtown Chicago. Instead of a glass partition, there's a high-strength stainless steel screen separating you from the pavement below, which gives new meaning to the term "wind in your hair." For more information, visit


Millennium Park Chicago, Illinois.

Grant Park had been Chicago's main downtown park for many years. In 2001, the park was enlarged considerably with the addition of Millennium Park. An outdoor music pavilion, an ice rink, and a below-the-ground theater are some of the highlights of Millennium Park, which joins Grant Park via a 935-foot-long footbridge. For more information, visit
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Field Museum of Natural History Chicago, Illinois.

Archaeology, science, and history exhibits mark the Field Museum of Natural History, which began in 1893 as the Columbian Museum of Chicago. Named for Marshall Field, its first major benefactor, this eclectic museum also boasts artwork. For more information, visit


Willis Tower Chicago, Illinois.

Chicago Illinois - Willis Tower This big building went through a big name change recently. It was known as the Sears Tower. Now it's called Willis Tower. Standing a jaw-dropping1,450 feet in the air, it's the tallest building in the western hemisphere. Stop by the SkyDeck when the sky is clear and you'll see stunning views of Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana. For more information, visit


American Girl Place Chicago, Illinois.

One of three American Girl locations in the United States, American Girl Place is nestled in downtown Chicago's first-class Water Tower Place. The expansive retail store features shops, a photo studio, a café, and doll hair salon. For more information, visit
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