Chicago is one of the best family vacation destination in America. The “Windy City” or “Chi-Town” as Chicago is sometimes called a family has everything you could want from the beach, museums, both cultural and historical, educational things to see and do, good zoos, amusement parks, great food , shopping, nightlife, and not to mention something for every type of sports fan. From the beauty of Lake Michigan and Grant Park for a river boat ride on the Chicago River, Chicago is a fantastic place for a family to visit.
You might think that the scene in one of the world’s most exciting, sophisticated cities will be expensive … but you’re going wrong. Chicago has such incredible amount of free things to do throughout the year – including many of the best attractions in the city – that you can easily fill a couple of weeks with great interest that will not cost you a dime.
Throughout the Chicago lake has 33 miles of beach and jogging and bike path that is always free. Find fun for kids of all ages and here are some of Chicago’s favorite is always open and free.
Lincoln Park Zoo is the world’s wildlife in the shadow of skyscrapers. Located in a beautiful garden with only a few minutes north of Chicago, the zoo has become a natural, free oasis for generations of animal lovers, who come to hear the lions roar echo off apartment buildings nearby, see gorillas climb trees as a weaver Willis Tower in the distance, or forget where they were when they cool themselves in the tropical rain forest, dry-thorn forests or spacious savannas.
Chicago Botanic Garden has more than 300 hectares of outstanding landscape. Discover eight different lagoons and a variety of distinct botanical environments. Two of the highlights for the plant and flower enthusiasts to enjoy the Japanese garden and an English park. Park is often home a special outdoor event. The best part for this attraction is that the admission is free.
Millennium Park is an award-winning art center, music, architecture and landscape design. Results from a unique partnership between the City of Chicago and the philanthropic community, 24.5 acre park features the work of world-renowned architects, planners, artists and designers. During the warm weather there are often free concerts and end the tour at Crown fountain, where the kids cannot resist splashing through the water. Children can also run in the 925-foot BP Bridge, which connects the park to the lake. Millennium Park is located in the heart of downtown Chicago. Visitors are encouraged to make the Millennium Park Welcome Center their first stop at the park where specialists are available to help plan a visit Park.
Chicago’s Grant Park is a park in the main city center. Located between Michigan Avenue and Lake Michigan. Consists of a series of bridges that cross the Railroad tracks are still in the park complex. After the bridge, the park is divided into several sections with grass, trees and monuments, one of them into the image of Abraham Lincoln. The main attraction in Grant Park is Buckingham Fountain. Buckingham Fountain, which is equipped with a central jet of water shooting up to 150 meters in the air, is best seen at night when the computer animation with the current color choreography spotlight.
There are many attractions that Chicago has to offer. Here are some additional attractions that you should consider visiting during your family vacation with a nominal entrance fee. Although, on certain days, some of these attractions have free entry you’ll have to check the attractiveness of each when they have free days.
Navy Pier is Chicago’s most visited tourist. Located on Lake Michigan you can feel the beautiful views of the city from the top of the Ferris wheel rides and more fun below. Navy Pier has an IMAX Theater, Chicago Children’s Museum, and a place to launch the boat rides, restaurants and more.
Chicago’s Field Museum of natural history museum that houses the world’s most complete T-Rex, an exhibition at the African animals, insects under the soil and Native Americans. Attractions for every age group.
Museum of Science and Industry impressive exhibition features like up and down the shaft of a coal mine or walk through the U-505 German submarine of World War II. The museum has many interactive exhibits. If you have time for only one museum, the Museum of Science and Industry is one you should not miss.
Shedd Aquarium that connects people to the living world. Located on the shores of Lake Michigan at the Shedd Aquarium is the world’s largest indoor aquarium with more than 8,000 aquatic animals representing more than 700 species from all over the world.
Explore outer space in the Adler Planetarium. This amazing tour allows you a space close. Check out the Sky Pavilion, where you can enjoy an interactive tour of the Milky Way. There are some great interactive exhibits as well.
The Art Institute of Chicago is home to all kinds of exhibitions for art lovers to enjoy. The museum is known for its French impressionist collection, ancient Greek and Roman pottery and Japanese art. No matter what type of art you enjoy you will find it possible here.
A visit to Chicago would be complete without a visit to Wrigley ville, home of Wrigley Field and the Chicago Cubs. Try to score some tickets if the Cubs are in town. Even if you’re not a Cubs fan, just to catch a game at this historic park is interesting.
Brookfield Zoo is one of the largest zoos in the country featuring more than 2,700 animals in 216 hectares. Designed to replicate the natural habitat, World recreates the Tropic rainforest environment on three continents while the Kingdom of Fragile imagined desert, forest and mountain areas. With so much to see in here you will not be able to see everything in one day.
Want to see beautiful scenery of Chicago? Do you explore the amazing architecture of the city during a guided tour (on foot or Chicago River boat ride, lake cruise or sightseeing bus) or you enjoy a birds-eye view from the 103rd floor of Tower Skydeck Chicago, Willis (formerly Sears Tower) and 94th floor Hancock Observatory.
Chicago is like a food lovers’ paradise that faces visitors only one dilemma: How to choose from so many delicious choices? One way to narrow the choice of dining is the type of food. Chicago has many outstanding restaurants serving every cuisine. Two seriously classic Chicago: pizza and hot dogs. Example two favorite during your visit so you can officially join the debate.
Nightlife in Chicago were incredible. No matter what type of assistance – pop, rap, hip hop, bluegrass, R & B, gospel, soul, or salsa – you’ll find in this city who love music. And if you feel like dancing, stepping out in one city sizzling dance club. If comedy is your plan to have the Chicago comedy club that extraordinary. Two of the best is the Second City and ComedySportz, which provides speed, funny, and the smartest action you’ll ever witness.
Chicago has a variety of options unmatched in the city center hotels and inns. If you prefer accommodation outside the city, expand your reach into the metropolitan area for larger hotel near O’Hare Airport or Midway and suburbs hotel. You will find the service, comfort, and value at every price point – and many of these properties offer a hot deal right now. Whatever accommodation you will find something that suites your budget.
Chicago is a very friendly city and is a destination you can visit over and over again and always see something different. With so many things to see and do involve the entire family in planning this trip. This will be a fun and educational experience. Chicago made for a family vacation amazing that you will always remember!