Pierbusseti Staff Favorites: Chicago Sightseeing
At Pierbusseti, we help send clients to some of the most breathtaking and iconic cities around the world, but the city we know best is the one that we call home: Chicago. With all that the Second City has to offer, we’ve come up with a list of some of our own favorite things to see and do right here in our own backyard.
We all agreed that one of our most loved sightseeing attractions in the city is The Art Institute of Chicago, and we’re not the only ones who think so! It is listed as the most popular museum in the world on TripAdvisor and won the site’s “Traveler’s Choice Award.”
Lincoln Park Zoo: Who wouldn’t want to spend the day getting up-close and personal with some of the most exotic, interesting, and adorable animals? It also doesn't hurt that this 35-acre urban zoo is completely free!
Steppenwolf Theater: This Tony Award-winning Theater is a staple for the arts in Chicago. Of over 250 theaters in the Chicagoland area, Steppenwolf is one of the most prominent. The theater company was founded in 1974 by a small group of famous actors including Gary Sinise and John Malkovich. They produce plays year-round including new works and old favorites performed in new ways. Great dining surrounds the theater!
Microbrewery Tour: Craft beer is on the rise, especially in Chicago. Take a tour and enjoy a locally brewed beer. Lagunitas Brewing Company offers tours daily and Goose Island Beer Company offers an option for pre-booked tours.
Architecture Cruise: The Windy City is made up of some of the most beautiful and iconic skyscrapers in the country. Go for a leisurely boat ride along the river as you take in some of the best views of the city and learn about notable buildings such as the Carbon and Carbide building, the Civic Opera House, and Willis Tower (though Chicagoans still refer to it as “Sears Tower”).
Navy Pier: One of the famous tourist stops in Chicago, Navy Pier has it all when it comes to fun and food. Attractions include the ferris wheel which offers excellent views of the city. The current structure is being replaced as a part of improvement plans to Navy Pier and the new ferris wheel is expected to be up and running by mid-2016. There is also an IMAX theater, the Chicago Shakespeare Theater for live entertainment, and a wide array of snack and dining options.
The Signature Lounge: Looking for a night out downtown? On the 96th floor of the John Hancock building, another one of the city’s famous skyscrapers, you’ll find the Signature Lounge. Enjoy cocktails while taking in some of the best panoramic views of the city. Conveniently located near the Magnificent Mile shopping area.
Marilyn (seen above)
Chinatown: With countless restaurants offering authentic Chinese cuisine and handfuls of colorful shops with one-of-a-kind trinkets, Chinatown in Chicago is the perfect stop in a city brimming with a variety cultures.
The Lyric Opera and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra: It’s no secret that Chicago is a hub for great, music, theater, and art. The Lyric Opera of Chicago is one of the top opera companies in the world. Housed in the Civic Opera House, the Lyric Opera stages a wide range of performances with renowned singers, choreographers, and directors. Meanwhile the Chicago Symphony, which is housed in the Chicago Symphony Center on Michigan Avenue, is featured on Gramophone's list of the world's top orchestras, alongside the Berlin Philharmonic and the Vienna Philharmonic.