Sights & Activities

Not a museum person? There’s tons to do in Chicago that doesn’t involve being ushered through exhibits and galleries. Check out the many sights and activities to see in Chicago, from Navy Pier to Buckingham Fountain.

Chicago Area Haunted Houses

For many Chicagoans, visiting a haunted house is a must during October, even making city die-hards travel to the suburbs for the most terrifying haunted homes and graveyards.

Pumpkins, Corn Mazes, Cider – Fall in Chicago

Pumpkins, Corn Mazes, Cider – Fall in Chicago

You know as well as I do what is waiting right around the corner: a giant hulking mass of Canadian cold crouched on it’s haunches at the shores of Lake Michigan. Before long it will fall upon us, so take advantage while fall is upon us.

Chicago Street Festivals: September 2011

September already? Why does the summer always fly by so fast? Let’s pretend it hasn’t ended and enjoy the last of the street festivals.

Live Music at “Sundays in the Park” in Logan Square

Live Music at “Sundays in the Park” in Logan Square

On select Sunday evenings through October, you can drop in and catch live music at the Centennial Monument in Logan Square as part of the Sundays in the Park music series.

Six Flags Great America

Just an hour outside of Chicago, Six Flags Great America is the perfect day trip for Chicagoans who need to beat the heat, relax, and let loose. And ride some roller coasters!

The Annual Chicago Air & Water Show

In its 53rd year, this mid-August exhibition is the largest of its kind in the country and draws millions of people from all over for its spectacular sights and roaring noises.

Medieval Times: Chivalry, Rivalry and Revelry All in One Place

Nestled in the countryside in the kingdom of Schaumburg, Illinois, lies a lone castle drawing noblemen and women, merchants and serfs alike to witness a battle of honor. They joust, they sword-fight, and they even eat with their hands.

Brew and View at the Vic

Four days a week the Vic transforms itself from a concert venue into Brew and View, a cozy movie theater with a full bar and menu. $5 for a double feature — um, yes please!

Chicago Prefers Blondes: Marilyn Monroe Statue

Amongst the skyscrapers, business suits and CTA buses, there’s a new lady gracing our presence downtown this summer. A 26 foot tall one, in fact, in the form of Marilyn Monroe.

Chicago’s Chinatown: An Ethnic Enclave

Chicago’s Chinatown: An Ethnic Enclave

Chinatown is a neighborhood worth exploring — spend a day under the Wentworth Arch and enjoy the offerings of Chinatown Square.

Fiery Places to Watch the 4th of July Fireworks

Where will you be when the fireworks start popping off Navy Pier this July 4th? If you don’t want to be stuck in a tourist trap but still want to see all the action, try celebrating America’s Birthday at one of these five fiery places.

Chicago’s Irish Festivals

Who’s to say that you should only celebrate Irish culture in March? Chicago gives tourists and natives alike the opportunity to put on some green and listen to bagpipes in the summer as well.

Movies in the Park

The Chicago Park District Movies in the Park series makes for a romantic date night or a fun relaxing night with friends.

Morton Arboretum

Fondly called a “tree zoo,” the Morton Arboretum is the perfect day trip for any Chicagoan looking to get back to nature — including sixteen miles of trails, nine miles of biking roads, forests, and gardens to provide hours of entertainment, recreation, and relaxation.