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Top 10 Things to do in Chicago

CableMover Guest Blog Post by the Night Owl Mama

My family has lived in Chicago all our lives, and we just love it. There's no other place in the world like it. If Frank Sinatra was alive today and wanted to add a few more lyrics to the song "My Kind of Town Chicago," I'm sure he'd mention these wonderful places for every tourist to visit and enjoy.

1.  Riverboat tour - Take a tour of Chicago on the waterways with the Seadog River Boat Tour. You'll cruise the Chicago River while getting an up close view of all the famous bridges of the Chicago River.  You'll hear lots of interesting facts and amusing stories about the history of city of Chicago. Your tour will ride along the lakefront featuring views of Chicago including the famous Buckingham Fountain, beautiful Chicago Harbor, Chicago’s Museum Campus, Grant Park and so much more!

Riverboat Tour

2.   Shedd Aquarium – The largest indoor aquarium in the world, with more than 8000 aquatic animals, Shedd Aquarium is one of the most eye captivating experiences that my children absolutely love.  There are several different exhibits open to the public and you'll find each one of them entertaining and eye popping as you watch the beautiful sea life creatures in their habitat. The Jellies room was one of the kid’s favorites along with the Caribbean Reef that gives you a 360-degree tour of an underwater reef community. 

3.  Willis Tower – or better known to Chicagoans as the "Sears Tower" has a Sky Deck that will give you an eye poppin’ view of the beautiful city of Chicago. Locals as well as tourists love the amazing view of the whole city from the glass box and don't forget your camera. You'll want to share your amazing pictures with friends and family. 

4.  Millennium Park - Millennium Park is not just any park, it's a beautiful relaxing location to sit and take in the scenery. The crown fountain is very entertaining to watch and many passerbies will get caught in the waterspout. Kids love to run and play in the water. It’s a great place to cool off in the Loop Community area, and you'll find many locals, as well as tourists taking in the sun and beautiful scenery of Chicago.

5.  Wrigley Field - Home of the Chicago Cubs and second oldest ball park in existence. Wrigley Field is celebrating 100!  It has become a historical and cultural field known for its outfield walls of ivy and it's manual scoreboard. As a die hard Cubs fan, I can tell you there's no other experience like it sitting in the bleachers and feeling the history of baseball as you watch the Cubs play ball. Most fans are friendly, and you'll enjoy the Ball Park hot dogs as well as the famous and tasty Connie's Pizza being served at the concessions stands.     

Wrigley Field

6.  Navy Pier - Amusement rides for the kids, shopping, entertainment, dining, cruises, gardens, 50 acres of park and events are sure to keep you busy! You'll also find the Children's Museum here with lots of fun things for the kiddo's to do. Navy Pier is a 3,300-foot long pier on the Chicago shoreline of Lake Michigan. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, every Wednesday and Saturday evening Navy Pier puts on a spectacular Fireworks show that will be the perfecting ending to any evening.

7.  Brookfield Zoo - located in the Chicago suburb of Brookfield is an amazing zoo that is home to 450 species of animals on more than 216 acres. It's nearly impossible to walk the zoo in one whole day but it's certainly an experience that one should not miss. The "Living Coast" and the beautiful butterfly exhibits are two exhibit's that my children really love. When the "Dinosaurs Live" is in town, it's certainly a blast peek into the past of the wonderful world of Dinosaurs that children of all ages enjoy.  Don't forget to visit the Jungle in the ever-amazing Tropic World as you watch the monkeys and gorillas in a natural like habitat. The Great Bear Wilderness is one of the newest exhibits that we have yet to experience, but I hear that it's home to Iconic North American Animals like Grizzly Bears, Bald Eagle, Polar Bear and Mexican Gray Wolf. 

8.  Chicago Trolley - Double Decker Tour offers a ride along hop on hop off view of the city. It's more than worth your dime to pay for a 3-day pass if you’re going to be in town. The Double Decker red or green trolley gives you a way to experience Chicago like you've never experienced it before. The Tour guide will share fun and entertaining stories about culture and history of Chicago, and you'll love riding on the top to get all the great photo opportunities with no glass window to fog up your view.  There are several site seeing stops of interest you’re sure to enjoy. 

9.  Every Tourist of Chicago needs to make a stop for great food. My recommendation is Ed Debevics for the entertaining staff serving up sass, hourly dances to the oldies and great food there's no other experience like it. I can't forget to mention that it's home to the world's smallest sundae.

Lou Malnati's Deep Dish pizza and Giordano's Chicago style Pizza serves up the best pizza in town. If you’re looking to truly get a taste for Chicago Style Pizza be sure to stop in for a bite to eat.   

10.  Magnificent Mile - The Magnificent Mile is every shopper’s dream. Walk Michigan Ave for upscale department stores, one-of-a-kind boutiques, iconic shopping stores like Macy's department store, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, and plenty of restaurants to stop at for a bite to eat. You'll enjoy Windy City shopping at it's finest from fashion, flowers or food, which you can find all right on Chicago's Magnificent Mile. You'll find numerous landmarks such as such as the Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower, and the Chicago Water Tower. The Magnificent Mile is also known for shopping centers such as the beautiful Water Tower Place, The Shops at North Bridge, and 900 North Michigan Shops.

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