Local Attractions

Brew N’ View
3145 N. Sheffield
(Belmont & Sheffield)
Chicago, IL 60657
312-618-VIEW (8439)

Come and check out Chicago’s place to have a brew and view your favorite movies. This fantastic establishment is located at 3145 N. Sheffield (the Vic Theatre), at the corner of Belmont and Sheffield. Come in, sit down, watch a movie or two (or three) and have a beer among friends in this wonderful old, ornate theatre. Its great!


Buckingham Fountain Grant Park
at Lakeshore Drive and Congress Avenue Chicago IL not applicable Located in Grant Park, just west of Lakeshore Drive, east of Michigan Ave., and north of the Museum Campus at Congress Avenue. This is the largest ornamental fountain in the world, and a definite must-see for locals and visitors alike!


Centennial Fountain & Water Arc
300 E. McClurg Ct.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 751-6633

The Nicholas J. Melas Centennial Fountain is located at McClurg Court and the Chicago River (just a few blocks east of Michigan Avenue, on the north side of the river). It was built in 1989 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago. The water arc goes off hourly during the summer months.


Chicago Board Options Exchange
400 S. LaSalle St.
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 786-5600

One of the largest, busiest trading floors in the world. Visiting the Board of Trade will provide memories of a lifetime; its truly something amazing that you’ll NEVER forget!


Chicago Mercantile Exchange
30 S. Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL
312-930-8249

If you like the excitement of the Board of Trade and Stock Exchange, you’ll love the Mercantile Exchange. Chicago’s is the biggest in the world!


Chicago Stock Exchange
440 S. LaSalle St.
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 663-2980

What’s to say? Remember the scene in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, or Trading Places? Every visitor and resident should visit Chicago Stock Exchange. You have to see it to believe it.


Downtown Thursday Night
20 N. Michigan Ave., Ste. 106
Chicago, IL
312-742-1171

You are invited to discover the nostalgic heart of Chicago every Thursday night. The Loop comes alive after 5 with entertainment, dining, shopping, architecture, and much more. Hop aboard a free trolley from 5-8 p.m.


Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio
951 Chicago Ave.
Oak Park IL 60302
(708) 848-1976

The turn-of-the century home and studio of America’s most renowned architect features soaring spaces, colorful art glass and bold geometric forms.


Hancock Observatory
875 N. Michigan Ave. , 94th Floor
Chicago, IL 60611
(888) 875-VIEW

Visit the Hancock Observatory and get the view of a lifetime!

The 94th-floor observatory, more than 1,000 feet above Chicago at the John Hancock Center, features an open-air Skywalk, the Midwest’s highest open-air experience.

And make sure to check out Sky Tours, which takes you on a personal audio tour of Chicago’s incredible sights and remarkable history; Soundscope 3-D talking telescopes that speak in four languages and create startling real sound effects; a Chicago history wall; and a theme-park style ticketing area that recreates the construction of the John Hancock Center.

Admission: Adults $9; children ages 5-12 $6; senior citizens $7, children 4 and under free.


James R. Thompson Center
100 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL
312-814-6660

This fascinating building is a world-wide attraction that features an art gallery, artisans shop, three floors of restaurants and shops, and 13 floors of balconies that surround the 160 foot rotunda. Wait until you see it… It is no less than breathtaking, wrote the Chicago Tribune’s Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic about the James R.Thompson Center. Spectacular views abound from any vantage point, including the 72 foot diameter open cutout of the lobby which shows the 4,000 square foot lower Concourse level with its marble rosette center. Glass elevator shafts along with thousands of glass panels that make up the walls and roof create a structure ideal for entertainment, sit-down dinners, and a perfect setting for receptions with its great dance floor. The building is one of Chicago’s most popular sites for fundraisers, concerts and other special events.


Lincoln Park Zoo
Cannon Dr. at Fullerton Parkway (2400 north)
Chicago, IL
312-742-2000

Pay lot at the zoo, and others in the area. Chicago is home to the nation’s oldest free public zoo and one of the last free zoos in the country!

Visit the newly renovated Kovler Sea Lion Pool, a traditional meeting place for generations of zoo visitors and home to harbor seals and gray seals and California sea lions. Shop on the wild side at the Wild Things! retail store and enjoy the Big Cats Cafe, a rooftop restaurant overlooking the Kovler Lion House outdoor lion and tiger habitats.

There’s a children’s petting zoo, a recreation of a Midwest farm, plus Conservation Station, an interactive environmental learning center. Besides the price being right, this is an outstanding place for kids, and the second you step under the arching gate in front you’ll remember how much you love the zoo too.

The Lincoln Park Zoo is located on the lake-front bike trail in one of Chicago’s most popular parks. The Lincoln Park Conservatory is next door and is also free! AND, as if that weren’t enough, just north of the Zoo is the award-winning nature center.

Grab the family, hop in the car (or on the el or bus) and visit this great Chicago landmark!


Miro Sculpture
Washington Street overlooking the Daley Center Chicago IL Originally called The Sun, the Moon and One Star, Joan Miro’s Chicago was unveiled on April 21, 1981.

This forty-foot tall sculptural representation of a woman with out-stretched arms sits in the Brunswick Plaza on Washington Street overlooking the Daley Center’s Picasso. The Project cost $500,000, half of which was supplied by the city.


Navy Pier
600 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 595-PIER

Pack up the family and visit this fantastic Chicago landmark! Children of all ages will enjoy everything this great piece of the Chicago has to offer.

Navy Pier boasts over 50 acres of parks, gardens, shops, restaurants, and attractions of every kind. Enjoy the Ferris Wheel and Carousel, boat rides, outdoor sculpture, people-watching, AMAZING skyline view, and an afternoon or evening on the water. Also visit the Chicago Children’s Museum, Skyline Stage and Joe’s Be-Bop Cafe & Jazz Emporium.

There’s something for everyone, no matter how old or young (or young at heart) you are. Come today!


Picasso Sculpture/Daley Civic Center
Washington and Dearborn Streets Chicago IL 312-346-3278 No visit to Chicago is complete without a stop at the 50-ft. sculpture of one of the finest artists in history – Pablo Picasso!


Riverwalk Gateway
400 E. Wacker Drive, along the river Chicago, IL
312-744-6630

The Riverwalk Gateway is Chicago’s largest work of public art to date. Created by Ellen Lanyon, it tells the history of Chicago and its river.

The magnificent 336-foot long wall installation consists of sixteen narrative panels and twelve decorative panels. Riverwalk Gateway is a history lesson worth seeking out and studying. This is another of the wonderful pieces that make Chicago the great city that it is.


Sculpture Chicago Pritzker Park
State & Van Buren St.
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 759-1690

A block-long park in the Loop (created by artist Roanld Jones in cooperation with the City of Chicago) featuring a grove of trees and a granite wall modeled after Rene Magritte’s The Banquet. This is another gem in the crown that is Chicago. Give it a look!


Sears Tower Skydeck
233 S. Wacker Dr.
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 875-9696

Stand atop the world’s tallest building! You won’t believe the view from the highest floor of any building every built. Ever been standing at a window a quarter of a mile off the ground? Give it a try – its truly like nothing you’ve ever done before!

Admission: Adults (12 yrs-64 yrs) $9.50, Seniors (65+) $7.75, Children (3-11) $6.75
Children under 3 are free. Prices do not include admissions tax. Call for group rates.


Shedd Aquarium
1200 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago IL 60605
(312) 939-2438

Wondering what to do with the kids this weekend? Visit the world’s largest indoor aquarium on the Museum Campus!

The Shedd Aquarium offers more than 6,000 aquatic animals, representing over 700 species from all parts of the world. This really is an incredible spot, and its always growing. The whole family is sure to enjoy a trip to this outstanding Chicago landmark.

The Caribbean Reef, teaming with bright colorful corals and more than 60 species of animal, including bonnet-head sharks, southern stingrays, angelfish and a hawksbill sea turtle. Divers hand-feed sharks, sea turtles and eels daily. How often do you get to see that??

Hours: Labor Day through Memorial Day Mon.-Fri. 9am-5pm; Sat. – Sun. & holidays 9am-6pm. Aquarium, Oceanarium and Special Exhibits: adults $15, senior citizens and children ages 3-11 $11; children 2 and under are admitted free.


The Art Institute of Chicago
111 S. Michigan Ave. (Michigan & Adams)
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 443-3600

One of the world’s finest art collections dating from 3,000 B.C. through the 1990s. Famous French Impressionist paintings and drawings, plus fine and decorative arts from America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America; photography, textiles and architectural works. Dine in our elegant Restaurant on the Park, in our Garden Restaurant amidst the trees and sculpture fountain June through September, or in our Court Cafeteria. Find unique gifts in the Museum Shop. Mon., Wed.- Fri. 10:30am-4:30pm; Tues. 10:30am-8pm; Sat.- Sun. 10am-5pm. Suggested admissions: adults, $10; children (5 and older), students and seniors, $6. Tuesdays free to all.