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Top Things to Do in Chicago

“I love it bet your bottom dollar you’ll lose the blues in Chicago” – Frank Sinatra’s “Chicago.”

Chicago is America’s third largest city. In 1779, when Jean Baptiste Point du Sable built the first permanent settlement at the mouth of the Chicago River, he probably never expected one of the most important cities to arise from his small village. But it has, and from the banks of Lake Michigan on the east to the sprawling suburbs to its north, south, and west, the Windy City has a life you can’t find anywhere else in the US.

Whether you’re a fan of the arts, sports, nature, or food, you’re sure to find whatever your heart desires in Chicago. Here’s our list of the top things to do in Chicago:

Lincoln Park Zoo

Considered one of the most beautiful zoos in the US, the Lincoln Park Zoo is set against the incredible backdrop of the Chicago skyline. Throughout the Park, you will find lagoons, mature trees and a vast array of animals. It is one of the oldest zoos on the continent, and there are tons of events and activities each day. Admission to the zoo is free, and it is open 365 days a year.

Second City Theater

Second City is a world-famous comedy club which features three different stages of performers. The Mainstage and e.t.c. Stage members perform sidesplitting sketch theater as well as improv revues, and the UP Comedy Club features headline stand-up acts each weekend. Second City is the training ground to famous comics like Steve Carell, Tina Fey, and Stephen Colbert just to name a few! Adults will enjoy an irreverent night of comedy at The Second City. You may even decide you want to develop your own improvisational skills by taking classes at the Second City Training Center.

The Magnificent Mile

The “Mag Mile” (North Michigan Avenue, Chicago) is the city in a nutshell. With hundreds of shopping destinations, some of the world’s most excellent restaurants, and fun for the whole family, the Magnificent Mile is a must-see on any visit. Stretching from the Chicago River to the south, to Oak Street in the north, the Mile is packed with more than 460 stores, 275 restaurants, and 60 hotels.

Lake Michigan

One of the Great Lakes, Lake Michigan could easily be mistaken for an ocean. Stretching as far as the eye can see, the lake offers hundreds of opportunities for water lovers, lovers of wildlife, exercise enthusiasts, and fishermen (and women!) to do everything from relaxing to exercising. Be sure to check out the Spirit of Chicago, dining, dancing, and entertainment experience, but book your tickets in advance, as seats tend to sell out quickly.

Underground Donut Tour

Yes, this is a real, actual thing. You don’t have to be Homer Simpson to have a passion for fried, sweet dough, and if you fancy finding out more about donuts, seeing how they’re made, and tasting some of the best treats in the city, you won’t want to miss this one. For two hours, you can walk from shop to shop and get more than you can possibly eat, and walk the calories off later with a stroll by the Lake. The Underground Donut Tour offers a Chicago Loop tour and now a new neighborhood Wicker Park Edition Tour.

Mobsters and Ghosts Tour

Mobsters once ruled the streets of Chicago and made their fortunes selling bootleg liquor during Prohibition. One industrious company, Chicago Private Tours and Productions, has capitalized on that legacy, and on their Mobsters and Ghosts tour, you can see some of the most famous shootout locations, speak-easies, and experience first-hand the dark drama of Chicago’s Loop. Al Capone would be proud.

Enjoy Your Chicago Home

Pack your bags and put on your walking shoes. Chicago is calling.

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