Chicago: Not Just Pizza and Sports

Chicago offers many attractions to tourists and residents. It’s one of the most eclectic and vibrant cities in America, but doesn’t get the over-saturation of a New York or Los Angeles. That’s precisely why locals say they’ll never leave and why tourists fall in love. Here are just a few of the attractions that make Chicago such a great destination:

Judy Istock Butterfly Haven
1. Reggie’s Rock Club and Record Breaks

Over here, you’ll find one of the biggest record collections (new and old). Old issues of magazines, which you thought didn’t exist anymore, are also available in the reading room. It serves as a concert venue and a nightclub as well. It’s also an ideal place to witness live acts.

After visiting Reggie’s you’ll be so inspired to create music you might consider taking up the guitar yourself. If you do, you’re in luck because the Windy City is the hometown of many famous musicians, including Billy Corgan, and Chicago guitar lessons are available for all skill levels and ages.

2. Lincoln Park zoo 

Many claim that the Lincoln zoo is among the city’s beloved treasures. A wide range of animals are found here, and they reside in their natural habitats. If you’re accompanying your children, you can check out the demonstrations of the zoo animals and their ecosystems at the Conversation station. There’s no entry fee for admission.

3. Second City

After the day has ended, you may consider visiting the original Second City located at the west of History Museum of Chicago. It’s a comedy club that’s larger than life and the home-base where many popular comedians started their careers. Some of the names include Steve Carell, Bill Murray and Tina Fey. This is the perfect place to visit if you’re planning to spend the rest of the day laughing, or just soaking up an iconic pop culture venue.

4. Judy Istock Butterfly Heaven

Judy Istock Butterfly Heaven is located inside the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. There’s a $9 admission fee, but it’s worth it, especially if you have kids along. There’s a big beautiful room of natural galleries, with waterfall, benches and windows. The butterflies are large in number, and have the ability to camouflage themselves. There are 80 different species of butterflies at a single time.

5. The Magnificent Mile

Are you a shop-aholic? Head over to the Magnificent Mile. Here you’re going to find all big stores such as Lord & Taylor and Saks Fifth Avenue. Apart from an amazing shopping experience, there’s a collection of buildings down the street. Several food shops and hotels are located as well.

6. Robert J. Quinn Fire Academy

In this academy live fires are created by instructors as a part of cadet’s training. There are photos of historical fires, which provide a brief historical overview. The hallway you’re going to visit is only seen once by the actual academy candidates, and they are not allowed there until graduation. It’s an honor for you. You also have the option to take the guided tour for a bit more historical information.

Apart from all these attractions, the city is also the home to the Chicago Academy of Arts, the Art Institute of Chicago and several other amazing museums. Take advantage of all these attractions, and have a great time in Chicago.