Things to do in Chicago

Chicago is the greatest city in America and also the largest city in the Midwest. There are endless things to do in this great city. We have over 100 museums (really!) and what feels like nearly 100 world-beating professional sports teams.

Our “official” events

The wedding is Friday night, September 28 at 6pm at Artifact Events.

The next day, Saturday morning at 10:30am, we are going to lead guests on a tour of the city by boat. The nonprofit Chicago Architecture Foundation runs a series of riverfront architecture tours.

More info on how to get tickets will be posted here soon. We are going to see if we can’t get a block of tickets for everyone, a group rate, or otherwise line something up for everyone. If you’re compelled to buy now, make sure you don’t buy tickets from a competing tour company.

Saturday afternoon we are considering a group lunch or another architecture tour, this one on foot. We will post more about that later.

Other things to try

A few of our favorite attractions in Chicago:

  • Shedd Aquarium–see the dolphin show!
  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • The Museum of Science and Industry, featuring a hanging Boeing 727 and a huge model train set that simulates the entire country
  • The Chicago History Museum, featuring old streets and a big section on the Great Chicago Fire
  • Top of the John Hancock or Sears Tower [but Bill says: overrated, expensive, and time-consuming]
  • Lincoln Park Zoo–one of the best free zoos in America
  • Shopping on the Magnificent Mile a/k/a Michigan Avenue
  • Lou Malnati’s Deep Dish Pizza [but Bill says: everyone has their own opinion 🙂 ]
  • All of Chicago’s great neighborhoods! Some of the most popular for tourists are:
    • Wicker Park
    • Logan Square
    • Chinatown
    • Lakeview–where we live
    • Lincoln Park

Sports that weekend

  • St. Louis Cardinals vs Chicago Cubs (29 Sept. at 1:20 pm)
    • The area around Wrigley Field is filled with bars and restaurants and a great place to watch the game on TV if you can’t get tickets to the game
  • Chicago Fire vs the Los Angeles Football Club (29 Sept. at 2:30pm)
    • This MLS soccer team plays about a half-hour car ride from the Loop.