Do you have a three-day weekend coming up? If you’re looking for an awesome trip, check out the awesome sites to see in Chicago. With lots of culture, sports and shopping, this midwestern metropolis has everything you’re looking for in one quick getaway. Make it a spontaneous three-day adventure when you grab a weekend van rental and go!
Grant Park, often referred to as “Chicago’s Front Yard,” contains several smaller parks within its vast complex, including Millennium Park. It also houses the Field Museum, The Art Institute of Chicago, the Buckingham Fountain, and the Shedd Aquarium. In addition to a variety of exhibits, shows, and activities, the park also features several baseball diamonds, flower gardens, and walking paths. Full of beautiful sites to see in Chicago, it’s a great place to spend the day.
The Field Museum of Natural History is full of history focused exhibits, including the largest T. Rex ever found, a lovely 42-foot long specimen named Sue. They also have a popular exhibit on ancient Egyptian tombs and monuments, as well as a room exploring China’s first terracotta warriors. This museum also features a full calendar of events with seminars, classes, and presentations geared towards children and adults.
Now it’s time to take your weekend van rental on to the Art Institute of Chicago, an impressionist and post-impressionist museum, where you the art collections ranging from African, Byzantine, and Asian pieces to Medieval armor, European arts, and modern photography. The art institute features various guided tours and special exhibits which change monthly.
Buckingham Fountain is one of the largest public fountains in the world, with 134 jets that catapult water 150 feet in the air for 20 minutes of choreographed displays. At night, the displays are synchronized with lights and music.
The Shedd Aquarium, last stop on your Grant Park journey of sites to see in Chicago offers a great learning experience for children of all ages as it leads them on a journey through the depths of the ocean. Recently, since Pokemon Go has become a huge phenomenon, the aquarium even has a guide to catching nearby Pokemon!
Located just north of the Art Institute of Chicago, this 24.5-acre park offers lots to do. With weeks of annual concerts and festivals, including their annual summer music and film series, the Jay Pritzker Pavilion has become a monument synonymous with the arts. The park, open 6 am to 11 pm daily, also features lots of concerts, galleries, and even segway tours.
Another iconic Millennium Park monument is the Cloud Gate, or “The Bean,” a large metallic sculpture that was designed by Spanish artist, Jaume Plensa, which reflects the Chicago skyline.
After a visit at The Bean, take your weekend van rental and enjoy the view at the Crown Fountain. Crown fountain, one of the premier modern sites to see in Chicago, is made of LED screens that feature the faces of 1,000 different Chicago residents. The water spouts, lined up with their mouths, make it seem as if the various faces are spitting water on visitors. At night, its LED lights shine in bright colors, interactive even when the sun is down.
A mandatory site to see in Chicago for any baseball fan is Wrigley Field, as the Chicago Cubs call this stadium their home. Built in 1914, the only baseball field older than Wrigley Field is Boston’s Fenway Park. With a seating capacity of over 40,000, this field was where Babe Ruth "called shot" in the third game of the 1932 World Series, where the great May 2, 1917, pitching duel between Jim "Hippo" Vaughn and the Reds' Fred Toney took place, and where Ernie Banks made his 500th career home run on May 12, 1970. Catch a game or tour the stadium with daily tours that take you through the bleachers, the dugout, press box, and even the field (if it is not a game day).
Willis Tower Skydeck
If you want to experience more sites to see in Chicago, climb to the 103rd floor of the 110th story of Willis Tower to find the glass floor Skydeck. Not only will you be able to look straight down at the streets below, but you’ll get a firsthand view of the city from the second tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. From this scenic vista, you can see all the way to Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin.
After hours spent in the seats of a weekend van rental, you may be looking for adventures and thrills. The 360 Chicago will definitely fulfill these requirements with tilted, vertical views of Chicago over 1,000 feet above the ground.
The Magnificent Mile
The Magnificent Mile is an elegant locale, featuring famous stores and more sites to see in Chicago. The mile offers high-end shopping experience of a lifetime with flagship stores such as Neiman Marcus, Macy’s, Saks Fith Avenue and Chicago’s finest hotels including The Drake and The Four Seasons. With a weekend van rental, it’s easy to travel along The Mile, visiting your favorite stores and eateries.
With over 100 years of history, The Navy Pier offers a beautiful, carnival-like experience. The 34-acre pier extends out onto Lake Michigan and showcases many free public art exhibitions, as well as the largest outdoor installation in the U.S. With art displays and carnival activities like a Ferris wheel, swing seat ride, carousel, mini golf, fun house, beer garden, concerts, and fireworks, the pier is a great place to bring the family for a weekend van rental adventure.
One of Chicago’s most recognizable landmarks, the Chicago Theater opened in 1921 as an exquisite, high-society cinema. Today, visitors can take guided tours of this famous French Baroque-style theater. On the tour, you can see the signed walls of the dressing rooms used by legendary stars including Frank Sinatra and Dolly Parton.
Time to Explore
Chicago is absolutely full of fun activities for an adventurous three-day weekend escapade. The city has fine dining, enthralling museums, cerebral art exhibits, and some of the world’s best hotels. Grab a weekend van rental from Airport Van Rental and start exploring the many fantastic sites to see in Chicago for a weekend you will never forget!
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