Chicago Attractions: Sites and Sounds

by Burt Clarkson

It is understandable that Chicago can be overwhelming to first time visitors. There is so much to do that it’s hard to know where to start. Well some of the first Chicago attractions you should see are the John Hancock Observatory or the Skydeck of the Sears Tower. These will give you an impressive view of the city you are about to explore.

Next on your journey, you might have a desire to explore the history of this diverse and fascinating city. You can accomplish that at Navy Pier, where you will find the Time Scape. This fun contraption makes it possible to explore history and future of Chicago in a simulated 3-D experience. If that is not enough fun for you, feel free to visit the Chicago Funhouse Maze.

It would be a fun activity for friends and family having twisted underground tunnels, mirror mazes and dazzling skyscrapers to unravel. For the kids and kids at heart, one of the Chicago attractions that you can check out is the FireZone. It is a unique interactive environment teaching the basics of fire safety. There are real firefighters and fire engines in the property integrated into the educational displays resulting in a fun learning environment.

If it’s romance you’re looking for, there is no shortage of Chicago boat tours to go on. One of these is the Odyssey, and it’s as romantic as they get. You’ll be able to send a few hours basking in the luxury of this ship, as you enjoy entertainment second to none, along with fine wine, music and the best skyline vistas you could ask for.

The best part is that in the summer, your cruise will be complemented by firework shows on Wednesdays and Sundays. This really creates the perfect mood for a romantic getaway.

From boat tours to road trips, Chicago attractions can be explored by taking the city bus tours. The tours would lead you to different Chicago landmarks and tour guides will entertain you with a wealth of information regarding the city’s colorful history.

If your thing is more specific tours, then there is a great dining tour that will appeal to all food connoisseurs. There are also plenty of family tours where you can take the kids. Even better, there are two wonderful zoos in Chicago. The Lincoln Park Zoo has always had a reputation for being one of the best even though it is the country’s oldest. The best part is that it is free.

The other one is Brookfield Zoo located west of downtown Chicago. The zoo is beautifully landscaped and is the home of over two thousand animals. Other Chicago attractions that are well noted are the Field Museum, Adler Planetarium and Shedd Aquarium.