July 2020: With many Chicago attractions still closed to the public, we've updated our list to reflect the current conditions within the city. While some museums, observatories and venues have reopened, they've all implemented new safety precautions and limited attendance. In most cases, you're going to need to make a reservation, bring along a face covering and practice social distancing. If you have any questions ahead of a visit, we encourage you to call ahead to get the most up-to-date information.
It’s no surprise that Chicago is one of the finest tourist destinations in the country. There are Chicago museums that rank among the world's best, gorgeous parks in Chicago and some of the friendliest city-dwellers out there (if we do say so ourselves). With so much to see and do, it can be tough for visitors to decide which Chicago attractions are really worth experiencing. Whether you’re an out-of-towner or a tried-and-true Chicagoan planning a staycation, we’ve assembled a list of the best Chicago attractions for your touring convenience. Oh, and if you’re feeling decadent, cap off your day of sightseeing with a meal at one of the best restaurants in Chicago. Ready to dive into the Windy City? Here are the Chicago attractions you simply shouldn't miss.