I have lived in Chicago for eight years now and have experienced a good chunk of the city. However, one of the best things about this city is that there is always something new to find. Whether it’s a neighborhood I’ve never visited, an undiscovered gem of a restaurant, a park, a shop, or a bar, there are always new things to enjoy. There are also a good number of popular attractions in Chicago that I’ve known about for years but have yet to try. For example, I’ve never been to the top of the Sears Tower (yes, I’m one of those people who refuse to call it Willis Tower), I’ve never been ice skating in Millennium Park, I’ve never been to the Green Mill, and I’ve never done the Architectural Boat Tour, which is something I have always wanted to do, but just haven’t made the time for.
It is crazy to think that a travel blogger living in such an amazing and entertaining city has not experienced some of its biggest attractions; especially when said blogger is such a big supporter of exploring one’s own city. It’s that very thought that drove me to create a list of Chicago Attractions that it is high time for me to check out. So, without further ado, here is my Chicago Bucket List:
- Adler After Dark – I have always wanted to go to this! It’s every third Thursday evening at the Adler Planetarium and includes full access to the planetarium, alcoholic beverages and live entertainment. One of these nights Mike and I will make a date night out of it.
- Sears Tower Sky Deck – This is a Chicago tourism staple and I have no idea why I haven’t done it yet. The view from the top looks amazing and certainly worth conquering my fear of heights for.
- Kayak the Chicago River – I love kayaking and the Chicago River is lined with some of the most beautiful architecture in the world. It’s a perfect pairing. Urban Kayak offers tours and rentals if group activities aren’t your thing.
- Wrigley Roof Top Experience – Go Cubs! I’ve been to plenty of games at Wrigley Field but have never experienced it from one of the rooftops in Wrigleyville. The packages usually include all you can eat and drink, which sounds pretty good to me!
- Logan Square Farmer’s Market – This lovely Farmer’s Market runs from every Sunday from May until October (the indoor market runs in the winter months) and includes many local vendors and Midwest Farmers.
- Chicago Food Tour – Chicago is such an amazing city for foodies and the range of food tours available reflects the range of this city’s culinary skills. I’d love to dine my way through a new neighborhood.
- Green Mill Jazz Club – Located in the Uptown Neighborhood, this historic jazz bar has been on my list for years. I would love to get dressed up and go there for a night of cocktails and live music.
- Visit the 606 – While it’s a relatively new addition to Chicago tourism, the 606 park is has quickly become one of the more popular parks in the city. It would be a wonderful way to spend a weekend afternoon outdoors in the city.
Have you visited any of these attractions? What is on your Chicago Bucket List?