What do see and do…
The name for the stretch along Michigan Avenue from the Chicago River all the way to Oak Street, the Magnificent Mile covers over 3.1 million square of retail space – or approximately 460 stores, 275 restaurants, over 50 hotels and a variety of entertainment attractions. This stretch attracts more than 22 million visitors each year and it’s no wonder. Its home to the city’s finest dining establishments chicest hotels and trendiest stores (Spago, the Ritz or Hermès anyone?). During the warm summer months, go for a stroll along the beautiful flower-filled streets take it all in while trotting down in your very own horse-drawn carriage ride.
Address: Michigan Avenue from the Chicago River to Oak Street
Sears Tower Skydeck
On a clear summer day, the Sears Tower Skydeck offers an amazing view that stretches 40 to 50 miles from the 103rd floor. Equipped with interactive exhibits – such a flat screen monitors that make you feel like you are blasting off through the top of the deck, to highlights on Chicago’s history – this famous cultural landmark also gives you a view not only of the city of Chicago but of Michigan, Indiana and Wisconsin. Wow!
Address: 233 S. Wacker Drive Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 875-9696
Located just east of downtown on Lake Michigan, Navy Pier has been a Chicago landmark since it opened in 1916. Visitors can venture from the pier’s breathtaking botanical garden to its permanent 150 foot-high Ferris wheel. But don’t stop there. Get in touch with the kid in you by taking a ride along the pier’s musical carousel, trying the old-fashioned swing ride and or hitting a round at the 18-hole miniature golf course. And when it’s time to act grownup again, the pier also offers the city’s best view of the stunning skyline and lakefront – making it the perfect place to stop for lunch or a sunset stroll.
Address: 600 E. Grand Avenue Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: (312) 595-PIER
Music Scene – Chicago Blues Festival
Held in Grant Park, the Chicago Blues Festival has been a windy city’s tradition for over 20 years. Listen to the sweet sounds ranging from blues to swing to boogie woogie that will have you dancing in your seat – or in the streets. If you can’t make it to Chicago in time for the festival, have no fear. Chicago is home to dozens of legendary jazz boîtes (some that date back to Al Capone) where you can get your fill of soulful sounds till the early morn. For more information on where to go, visit www.chicagojazz.com
Well known for decades now across North America, The Second City was originally founded in Chicago in 1959 – started by a group of undergraduates from the University of Chicago. Since opening its doors, this Chicago landmark has helped launch the careers of such comics as Mike Myers, John Belushi and Gilda Radner. Today the theatre hosts nightly improv-comedy shows on two resident stages. Why not visit the original haunt where the legend began.
Address: 1616 N. Wells St., Chicago, IL 60614
Phone: (312) 337-3992.