This massive American city with its soaring skyscrapers is set right on the shores of the lovely Lake Michigan, which is so huge it looks and feels more like the ocean than a lake. A great deal of the appeal of visiting Chicago is in its being on the lake with ample opportunities to enjoy it.

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Lake Michigan – Image by janLo

Lake Michigan. Take a walk or your bike to Lake Shore Drive and soak in the beauty of this majestic lake. Children will be able to build sand castles. Skaters skate. Joggers jog. Swimmers swim!

Lincoln Park Zoo. If you love to talk to gorillas and watch polar bears and lions watch you back, you have to visit Lincoln Park. It’s free and it has tons of activities for children and adults to spend an afternoon fully occupied.

Union Station. Yes, this is a railway station but it is one of the most historic and beautiful ones in America and one used as a backdrop in numerous movies. A stroll through takes only a few minutes.

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Navy Pier – Image by RLGarlick

Navy Pier. You can’t miss a visit to Navy Pier. You can do it all there. Shop. Dine. Take amusement park rides. Take rides out onto the lake. Go to a beer garden. Listen to a concert. Go bar hopping. It pretty much has something for everyone to enjoy.

Michigan Avenue. This is the main shopping avenue of the city which is lined with world class stores, elegant restaurants, cafes, and frequent views of the lake. Shoppers will definitely want to take a long stroll along this street.

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Willis Tower

Art Institute of Chicago. Undeniably one of the most impressive collections of art in the world, the Art Institute should be one of your top picks to visit when you are in Chicago. Take an audio tour to get the most out of it.

The Observatory At The John Hancock Building. Take an elevator to the top to visit this fabulous destination for viewing Lake Michigan and the skyline of Chicago.

You also get an audio tour thrown in with the price of your admission. Well worth it!

Willis Tower. Another amazing place to get up high in the sky, Willis Tower is billed as being the tallest structure in the entire hemisphere. Wow. It also has the famous glass bottomed Ledge where you can walk out and look down if you have the stomach for the view.

Wrigley Field. One of the most famous, photographed, and written about athletic fields in America, Wrigley Field is where the Chicago Cubs play.

Get tickets for a game or take the guided tour for the total experience of the history of baseball and its great players.

The Rookery. Architecture and history buffs should take a look at this historic building dating from 1888. Take a walk inside to gain an awesome perspective of the interior work done by the great architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Guided tours are available.

Esther Sanders the author of the “Top ten things to do in Chicago spends” her week writing about financial matters such as mortgages, small business loans and business insurance cover. In her spare time she loves to write about travel and exploring the world’s most exciting cities.