Beaches in Chicago
Visit the popular Oak Street beach after exploring Downtown. Enjoy the views from North Avenue Beach. Visit Fullerton Beach, on a family day out, located opposite the zoo. Take a break from the attractions at Navy Pier, with some relaxation at Ohio Street Beach. Or drive to Montrose Beach for a quieter retreat, there’s plenty of parking nearby.
Food in Chicago
Try a world-famous Chicago deep-dish pizza at Gino’s East Pizza. Visit Hot Dougs for an assortment of sausage and encased meats, or enjoy true Italian cuisine at 312 Chicago. For trendy molecular gastronomy there’s no better place than The Avenues at Peninsula Chicago. Futuristic Alinea is also up there, mixing cuisine with science and art.
Shopping in Chicago
The shops on the Magnificent Mile are as diverse as the goods they sell. Oak Street has long been a symbol of designer-label shopping. Macy's at State Street is one of the largest department stores in the world and features a stunning Tiffany glass mosaic dome. For boutique shopping, mainly suited to female tastes, visit Armitage Avenue in Old Town.
Roof at the Wit offers unparalleled city views. Public House is Chicago’s best new sports bar, with over 100 types of beer. Enjoy imaginative cocktails at the Aviary. Try a recreational wine class at Bin 36 at Sax Chicago. And for fine dining at a plush rooftop bar, visit Terrace at the Trump.
Museums in Chicago
Chicago’s museums rank among the best in the world. One of the most visited museums is the Art Institute of Chicago, closely followed by Chicago History Museum. See the best preserved T. Rex dinosaur ‘Sue’ at the Field Museum, along Chicago’s Lake Michigan coast.