Things to do in Chicago

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Winter, summer, spring or fall, there is always something fun and exciting to do in Chicago. This means, no matter when you decide to take your Chicago trip, you will always find something to suit your fancy. During the winter months, Millennium Park is like a winter wonderland with ice skaters enjoying the 16,000-square-foot ice- skating rink or tourists checking out the artwork and architecture by famous artists, designers, and landscapers such as Kathryn Gustafson, Frank Gehry, Juame Plensa, and Anish Kapoor. During the warmer months, biking along the Lake Shore Drive bike path is popular or sunbathing at North Avenue Beach. Continue reading to find out more about things to do in Chicago -- for all seasons! 

If you're visiting the Windy City, one of your Chicago activities must include a stop at the House of Blues at 329 North Dearborn. Here, listen to some great local bands or famous artists such as Etta James and Kid Rock. Prince and Buddy Guy have also been known to drop by unannounced and have impromptu jam sessions. Their Sunday Gospel Buffet serves up down home gospel music with down home southern food. You can enjoy fried chicken, jambalaya, biscuits and gravy, whiskey bread pudding, make your own omelets, and greens. For more information, check out their website at houseofblues.com/venues/clubvenues/chicago.

Planning a trip to Windy City during the month of June or July? Then make sure one of your Chicago activities include spending some time at The Taste of Chicago, the world's largest outdoor picnic. Admission is free, but to eat, visitors have to purchase tickets. Food is sold in regular size portion or a “taste” portion. Some of Chicago’s favorites are there including Connie’s Pizza, Harry Caray, Billy Goat’s, Sweet Baby Ray’s, and Eli’s Cheesecake. Music at the Petrillo Band Shell is live and past guests have been Sheryl Crow, India Arie, Chaka Khan, Dennis DeYoung, and Smashing Pumpkins.

 

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North Avenue Beach

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North Avenue Beach is the most popular beach in Chicago. During the summer months, the beach hosts championship volleyball games and other events, it has an outdoor workout area, rollerblade rink, a popular bar & grill called "Castaways," and it is located along one of the most famous bike paths in the city -- the Lake Shore Drive bike path.

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tel:773-327-2706
address:1600 N. Lake Shore Drive

Navy Pier

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Navy Pier is the place where locals and people from the surrounding areas and beyond come to play. In fact, the number of visitors to Navy Pier is estimated at somewhere around 8 million. In addition to dozens of opportunities to take a cruise around Lake Michigan, a speed boat ride, or a number of architectural cruises, the Pier has a massive Ferris wheel, a game center, and a food court, several bar & grill restaurants, seafood restaurants, souvenir shops, and more. Navy Pier is located at 600 East Grand Avenue and is easily accessed by bus, taxi, subway, and a free more..

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tel:312-595-Pier; 800-595-Pier
url:www.navypier.com
address:600 East Grand Avenue
email:navypierinfo@mpea.com

Shedd Aquarium

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Not only has John G. Shedd aquarium been a leader in the zoo and aquarium profession for more than 75 years, the building is a national historic landmark. The aquarium features several massive exhibits including: Wild Reef -- Sharks at Shedd, Oceanarium, Waters of the World, Caribbean Reef, and Amazon Rising. Shedd has regularly scheduled special exhibits.

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tel:312-939-2438
url:www.sheddaquarium.org
address:1200 S. Lake Shore Drive

Bike Chicago

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There are a number of bike paths located throughout the streets of Chicago, but the most popular (and most scenic) bike path in the city is the path that runs along Lake Shore Drive. With the drive to the west of you and the lake Michigan to the east, this ride is certainly a feast for the eyes. Bike Chicago has the largest bike rental fleet in the city. In addition to bike rentals, Bike Chicago offers guided bicycle tours of the city (neighborhoods, sculptures, the lakefront, and more), segway tours, and group outings. Bike Chicago has several locations: Riverwalk at more..

type:Cycling
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tel:312-595-9600
url:www.bikechicago.com
address:600 E. Grand Avenue, Navy Pier
email:info@bikechicago.com

Sydney R. Marovitz Golf Course

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If you want to take some time out to play golf in the city, look no further than the Sydney R. Marovitz Golf Course. Part of the Chicago Park District, this lakefront golf course is a 3,240 yard, par 36 course. The first hole runs parallel to Lake Michigan. Onsite is a snack bar and Clock Tower restaurant. Just a short walk away, you will also find several tennis courts, a bird sanctuary, Chicago's famous totem pole statue, and the north end of the Lake Shore Drive bike path.

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tel:312-742-7930
address:3600 N. Recreation Drive

The Field Museum

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One of the top natural history museums in the world, the Field Museum is home to more than 20 million specimens and a whopping 25,000-volume natural history library. Permanent exhibits offer a trip back in time to Ancient Egypt and temporary exhibits have included famous traveling exhibits such as the Auschwitz Album and King Tut, to name a few.

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tel:312-665-7683
url:www.fieldmuseum.org
address:1400 S. Lake Shore Drive

Chicago River Canoe & Kayak

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Yes! You can go kayaking right in the heart of the city on a private trip or with a group. Chicago River Canoe & Kayak offers a number of kayaking events such as cardio kayak, trips to the areas rivers, moonlight dinner paddles, and more. Visit the website for details or call directly to speak with a guide.

type:Rowing and Canoeing
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tel:773-704-2663; 773-252-3307
url:www.chicagoriverpaddle.com
address:3400 N. Rockwell
email:info@chicagoriverpaddle.com

The Woodworking & D.I.Y. Show

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The Woodworking & D.I.Y. Shows will set up shop in Chicago from Friday, December 10 through Sunday, December 12, for a full weekend of the wondrous world of wood, including learning through free seminars and hands-on more..

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tel:800-826-8257
url:www.thewoodworkingshows.com
address:Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center, 1551 North Thoreau Drive, 1551 North Thoreau Drive, 1151 North Thoreau Drive, Schaumburg IL
email:postings@himmelrich.com

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