The US isn’t just the big ol’ sights of NYC, Las Vegas and Miami… its vast size and incredible diversity means that one side of the country can look and feel very different from the next.

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Of course, the US is much more than the cities too, from the likes of Monument Valley, Yellowstone National Park to the gorgeous beauty of the Tennessee – there really is a piece of the US that’s perfect for each of us regardless of our personal tastes in holidays and travel in general. This brings me of course to a place we’ve visited, loved and plan on re-visiting very soon – the windy city i.e. Chicago!

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Snuggling the banks of Lake Michigan, Chicago has some pretty beautiful sights to see and things to do; especially when you visit for the very first time! Take a look at some of the very best places you must include on your trip to Chicago.

Main Things To See In Chicago USA

1.) Stroll across Navy Pier

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Stretching out onto Lake Michigan with its iconic Ferris wheel and other amusements is Chicago’s Navy Pier. You’ll be able to enjoy plenty of shops, restaurants, gardens, exhibition areas, and age-old attractions as you make your way along the whole pier.

Just over 100 years old, it’s one of Chicago’s most loved areas!

2.) Chill in Millennium Park

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Located along Lake Michigan, Millennium Park is the most iconic and exciting green space in Chicago. Originally built for, you guessed it, the millennium; the park is host to many events that take place throughout the year.

Dip into a little culture at one of the concerts that are held on the Great Lawn and Jay Pritzker Pavilion areas. If that’s not your thing, swing a ball or two at the famous Wrigley Stadium (or maybe just watch for us novices). 😉

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Be sure to head to The Crown Fountain for a mix of technology and waterpark-style fun! Stroll down the Chase Promenade, making your way to the big bean (technically known as Cloud Gate). 🙂

3.) Spot ‘the bean’

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Known as “The Bean”, Cloud Gate is a beautiful and impressive reflective sculpture by Indian-born British artist Anish Kapoor. Located in Millennium Park, Cloud Gate is not only fabulous to see and iconic when thinking of Chicago!

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This fairly new addition to Chicago is a favourite you have to see!

4.) Gorge on Art at the Art Institute of Chicago

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Nestled in Grant Park, is the gorgeous Art Institute of Chicago. Founded in 1879, this magnificent institution is one of the oldest (and largest) art museums in the whole of the US!

They’re over 300,000 different artefacts to discover, so make sure you set aside a few hours (or days) to see it all. 😉

5.) Shop, eat and sleep around the Magnificent Mile

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If you’re looking for a huge array of shops, international cuisine, live entertainment, and take in some of the most beautiful natural and architectural sites in the city, head for the Magnificent Mile.

The Mile is a total of 13 blocks along Michigan Avenue, stretching from the banks of the Chicago River up to Oak Street. With over 275 restaurants, 460 stores, 60 hotels, and all sorts of fantastic attractions, the Magnificent Mile is a must-see for anyone in Chicago.

6.) Learn about conservation at Shedd 

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An aquarium might not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of things to see in a major world city, but Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium is not to be missed! It is the largest indoor aquarium in the world, showcasing over 8000 aquatic animals. Shedd also focus their efforts to educate, promote and showcase the very best ways we can protect the marine environments and make the oceans a better place.

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Interestingly, Shedd was the first inland aquarium to have permanent saltwater exhibits, with salt water taken directly from the seas of Key West and brought to Chicago via railroad tank cars.

7.) Enjoy the views at the John Hancock Center

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The John Hancock Center is both a massive skyscraper as well as retail and business area located on North Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago. The 100-story tall building, which stands at 1,127 feet (344 m) tall, is one of the most iconic skyscrapers in the city.

Don’t forget, you can head to 360 CHICAGO, an incredible observation deck on the 94th floor of the building, for breathtaking views of the city, Lake Michigan, and the Magnificent Mile.

8.) Walk The Ledge at the Willis Tower

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What used to be officially called (and is still frequently called) the Sears Tower, the Willis Tower is another iconic skyscraper in downtown Chicago. At 1,451 feet (442 m), this 108-story tall building is officially the tallest in the city, and offers some incredible views from the top.

Known as the Skydeck, the observation deck in the Willis Tower includes The Ledge, a pretty scary glass ledge and box that you can stand in to see the city below. As the glass floors of The Ledge dangle off the side of the building, the sight might be worth giving a miss if you suffer from vertigo!

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9.) Learn about baseball at Wrigley Field

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Whether you are a fan of baseball or not, you have certainly heard about Wrigley Field. Home of the Chicago Cubs, Wrigley Field was opened in 1914, originally as Weeghman Park. The Cubs played their first game there in 1916 when they beat the Cincinnati Reds. Eventually, the owner of the popular Wrigley chewing gum bought out the Cubs, and the field was renamed after the company in 1927.

If baseball is your thing, you can enjoy daily and group tours of Wrigley Field, and even catch a game if they go at the right time!

10.) Chow down, deep-dish style!

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No visit to Chicago would be complete without a hefty and chunky slice of deep-dish pizza! With so many places to try, it can be tricky finding the right place for you.

Make sure to try Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria on Wells Street, known for their signature crusts. Or maybe Pequod’s Pizza on North Clybourn Avenue, where food and drinks are served until late. For more than just pizza, head to The Art of Pizza on North Ashland Avenue, where you can eat some carbolicious fresh pasta too!

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  • The U.S has so many great places to explore! I am yet to see Chicago, but after reading this, it’s moved up higher on my list 🙂

    http://www.littleblackshell.com

    • HandLuggageOnly

      It really is a special city 🙂 I fell in love with it when I visited… though, it didn’t live up to its name as the Windy City! haha!

      Lloyd xx

      • That’s actually great news! One of the main reasons I’ve stayed away from Chicago is because it’s known as windy city – I don’t like wind at all! haha

  • love the photos!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Chicago is gorgeous isn’t it! 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • This post came at the perfect time! I am planning on going to Chicago this summer. The pictures only get me more excited 😀

    Cat // https://fromgirlc.wordpress.com

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Ahhhhh, you’ll love it! I visited in June and the weather was amazing.. real t shirt and shorts type of weather! Let us know if you need any advice or other tips. Always happy to help 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Kate

    Sorry if I’m wrong on this, but it doesn’t really look like you actually went to Chicago based on this post. The photos were all taken by someone else, and you are not in any of them. Could you please explain?

    Chicago is a great city that I call home and I’m glad you highlighted it, but this post seems a little cookie cutter- hope you don’t mind my feedback.

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Hey Kate… ah, no need to apologise. The reason why is that I actually visited Chicago (and Yaya hasn’t)… I was the lucky one there!

      I created our post to show some of the sights that every first-time visitor should see in Chicago ( like Yaya) should see as quite a lot of people visit for just a few days and don’t live in the city so have to prioritise their time. 🙂 We’re hoping to visit Chicago this summer with friends and road trip down to San Francisco. 🙂

      I loved the city when I visited, just wished I could have stayed longer than 3 days… Although I did get shouted at a few times for walking along the cycle paths on the lakefront! Lol.

      Definitely don’t mind your feedback and thanks so much for checking in 🙂

      I remember going to a ‘famous’ bar where you could take markers and write all over the tables and walls… by any chance, do you know the name? I’d love to take Yaya and our friends when we visit. 🙂

      Lloyd x

      • Kate

        Thanks for the response! The bar was probably Gino’s East- the deep dish pizza joint. While Gino’s is delicious, Pequod’s is my personal favorite!

        • HandLuggageOnly

          Ahhhhh thanks! I just Googled it, you’re so right, it was that place! Thank you!

          Ohhhh will definitely have to try Pequod’s when we visit… so exciting!

  • kenza dwn

    Did 8/10 ! I think Chicago is (suprisingly) my favorite city in the U.S. because it’s the first trip I did on my own … I was so scared but I totally fell in love with the city at the end. The athmosphere is soooo relaxing and I love the view we have from the beaches over the Michigan Lake.

    Great post, I love reading each of your article, it always makes me want to travel even more (though student life haaa)

    Kenza from http://travelwithkenza.blogspot.co.uk/

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Yay! Mine too, it’s such an awesome city isn’t it. I fell in LOVE with the city, too!

      Haha, I know what you mean @ student life… 🙂

      Lloyd xx

  • Magnificent Mile is the best! I felt pretty confident going up to the top of the Tower to step out on the ledge but man is that terrifying, haha. Glad I crossed it off the list but I don’t think I want to do that again unless the bottom is covered 🙂

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Haha! It’s definitely terrifying, especially if the vertigo kicks in! 😉

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

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