Do you want to visit impressive attractions? You’re looking for the most famous shopping miles or enchanting boutiques for the perfect shopping trip? Or you’re interested in fascinating buildings of art and culture? We’ve compiled a selection for you.

    • Lake Michigan

      Chicago’s lake
      Lake Michigan is bigger than Switzerland, and is one of the five Largest Lakes of America. It is 494 km long and 190 km wide, and the shore covers more than 2633 km. That’s why being in Chicago is like being beside the sea. In summer, it is perfect for bathing. Or you can relax on the pier, and then perhaps book a trip on a boat.
    • Willis Tower

      Fabulous panoramic views
      Measuring 442 metres (527 metres with the antenna), Willis Tower – still better known to most as the Sears Tower – is currently the highest building in the city. The Sky Deck, a lookout platform inside the skyscraper with fabulous panoramic views of Chicago, is on the 103rd floor. In good weather, you can see as far as Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin. The highlight of the Sky Deck is without doubt the glass ledge that extends out from the building. Those who are brave enough can stand 103 floors above the abyss of Chicago.
      233 South Wacker Drive
      Chicago, 60606
      +1 312 875 9696
    • Navy Pier

      Pure pleasure
      Navy Pier was planned in 1916 as an amusement park, but in World War II it served as a training camp for the US Marine Corps. Today, the restored Pier Shop encompasses a botanical garden, an IMAX cinema, the Children’s Museum, the Chicago Shakespeare Theater and other attractions. Many open-air events and concerts take place here in the summer months.

      600 East Grand Avenue/Grant Park Nord
      Chicago, 60611
      +1 800 595 7437
    • Cloud Gate

      Skyline and Selfies
      The Cloud Gate looks like a mixture of mercury drop and a huge kidney bean - which is the sculpture by the British artist Anish Kapoor was given the nickname "the Bean". On the backside the sculpture reflects the skyline of Chicago. Thanks to the curved, mirror-like surface you can shoot funny distorted selfies. If you want to be undisturbed, you have to get there early.
      Millennium Park
      Chicago Illinois 60601
    • Lincoln Park Zoo

      Animals for all ages
      This zoo has lions, tigers and bears, as well as lots of other exotic varieties – many of which are facing extinction. It also has a tropical rainforest, a model Savannah and desert. Children love the «Farm-in-the-Zoo» with petting animals, and the eponymous park is also a treat for the eyes. There are also lots of shops and restaurants in the district to check out after visiting the zoo.
      2001 North Clark Street
      Chicago, 60614
      +1 312 742 2000
    • Soho House

      All in one
      Originally founded as an industrial warehouse in the beginning of the 20th century it is now a place for pleasure, recreation and art. Its five floors house several restaurants, bars, a hotel, spa and gym, spacious meeting rooms, an art collection and even a 30-seat cinema that can be rented. Parts of the building are only accessible for members of the “Soho House Club” – people from all kind of creative industries. But only the public areas are worth a visit.
      113 N Green St
      Chicago, 60607
      +1 312 521 8000
    • Wendella Boat Tours

      Chicago by boat
      One delightful way to explore Chicago is by boat. Wendella’s 75-minute architecture tour leads through all three branches of the Chicago River, and provides insights into Chicago’s impressive architecture. A brief detour ontoLake Michiganis rewarded with stunning skyline views.
      400 North Michigan Avenue (at Wrigley Building/River North)
      Chicago, 60611
      + 1 312 337 1446
    • Tribune Tower

      Magnificent building
      Tribune Tower, Home of the Chicago Tribune newspaper at the start of the Magnificent Mile, is a neo-Gothic building that instantly catches the eye on a stroll through the city. What is so unique about it is that bricks from various well-known buildings such as the Taj Mahal, the Chinese Wall and the Berlin Wall, have been included in its walls. There is writing on the bricks that is visible from street level. It’s well worth taking a walk around the building to admire it.
      435 North Michigan Avenue
      Chicago, 60611
      +1 312 222 3994
    • Buckingham Memorial Fountain

      Legendary fountain
      Buckingham Memorial Fountain, one of the biggest fountains in the world, features in the title sequence of the series Married ... with Children. The fountain’s main basin represents Lake Michigan with Art Deco style sculptures depicting the four neighbouring states. The fountain operates daily from mid-April through to mid-October from 8 a.m. until 11 p.m., and is the eastern end point of the legendary Route 66.
      301 S Columbus Drive
      60605 Chicago
    • John Hancock Observatory

      360-degree views
      Hancock Tower rises to a height of 343 metres. The deck on the 94th floor features a sky walk, the highest outdoor panoramic experience in the entire Midwest. The 360-degree views from here are staggering. The visit is accompanied by the voice of American actor David Schwimmer of «Friends» fame, describing the breathtaking panoramic views of Chicago’s skyline.
      875 North Michigan Avenue
      94th floor/Near North Side
      Chicago, 60611
      +1 312 751 3681
    • Apartment Number 9

      Vintage and design
      In the concept store north of the Fashion Triangle at the intersection of North, Milwaukee and Dames Avenues, menswear shoppers will find vintage pieces and designer apparel as well as interesting accessories, unusual objects and niche cosmetic items. Be sure to check out the other boutiques as well as the insider bars bar restaurants in the neighbourhood.
      1804 North Damen Avenue/Wicker Park
      Chicago, 60647
      +1 773 395 2999
    • Haberdash

      Stylishly English
      Stylishly cool classics with Anglo-Saxon style for men. Haberdash offers a good selection of interesting labels that are mostly hard to find, such as L.B.M. 1911 from New England, S.N.S. knitwear from Denmark, Todd Snyder from New York, and personal care and shaving supplies from D.R. Harris & Co. Ltd. and Truefitt & Hill, both of London.
      607 North State Street
      Chicago, 60654
      +1 312 624 8551
    • Blake

      The finest design
      Blake is so understated that the fashion boutique doesn't even have a sign outside – or a website. The uninitiated are likely either to just walk past the super cool clothier in what used to be a post office. Which is a great shame. It offers a very careful selection of designer fashions and accessories.
      212 West Chicago Avenue/River North
      Chicago, 60654
      +1 312 202 0047
    • Vosges Haut-Chocolat

      The sweetest dreams
      Chocolatière Katrina Markoff doesn’t produce ordinary chocolate; she creates surprising sensory experiences. At Vosges Haut-Chocolate, you will find black chocolate flavoured with chilli peppers and cinnamon or ginger and black sesame or truffles with a taleggio cheese filling. More than just an adventure for the taste buds, the combinations are absolutely delicious.
      951 West Armitage/Lincoln Park
      Chicago, 60614
      +1 773 296 9866
    • Michigan Avenue

      Shopping street
      Michigan Avenue is a wonderful tree-lined street that is also a shopping paradise. It has lots of shopping malls and all the labels. From Apple and Cartier to Nike and Victoria’s Secret, Michigan Avenue has all the brands. So be sure to allow enough time to see them all.
      Michigan Avenue
      60611 Chicago
    • Ikram

      First style advisor
      Ikram Goldman made a name for herself as a long-standing style advisor to US First Lady Michelle Obama. In fact, it gave her business such a boost that she was able to expand and move her luxury fashion boutique to a larger location on East Huron Street. She also opened an art gallery and a charming restaurant for ladies’ lunches at the new address.
      15 East Huron Street/River North
      Chicago, 60611
      +1 312 587 1000
    • City Lit Books

      For browsing and rummaging
      A bookstore like they were before Amazon. Browsers can make exciting new discoveries in American literature, track down rarities, find books about Chicago or attend a reading. A must for fans of English-language literature. And the trendy Lula Café is right next door.
      2523 N Kedzie Avenue/Logan Square
      +1 773 235 2523
    • Art Institute of Chicago

      The Impressionist collection with works by van Gogh, Matisse, Chagall and Degas is one of the finest in the world. In 2009, the museum was enlarged by the addition of the «Modern Wing», a limestone and glass annex with a canopy of aluminium blades by the architect Renzo Piano. It houses 20th-century European paintings and sculptures, contemporary art, architecture and photography.
      111 S Michigan Avenue/The Loop
      +1 312 443 3600
    • Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio

      For architecture lovers
      A visit to the home and studio of the founder of the new independent American architecture and the prairie house style in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park is a must for every fan of architecture. The Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trusts offers tours to this and other buildings designed by the legendary architect.
      951 Chicago Avenue/Oak Park
      Chicago, 60302
      +1 312 994 4000
    • Museum of Science and Industry Chicago

      Get experimenting
      A museum with permanent and changing exhibitions. There are live experiments to interest children and adults in chemistry and physics. Lots of exhibitions are hands-on, and there is also a small-scale model of the city of Chicago. The museum will appeal to families, technophiles and people who like to learn new things. Be sure to allow plenty of time – it’s vast! And as it’s a little outside the city, the best way to get there is by train or taxi.
      5700 S. Lake Shore Drive
      Chicago, 60637
      +1 773 684 1414