You may know this building better as the John Hancock Observatory, but regardless of the name this place is bound to give you an unforgettable experience. On a clear day you can see up to four different states from its observatory. 360 Chicago also offers restaurants and an interactive tour. If you're just there for the view then you're in the right place, because from the top you can see up to 55 miles out!
Another breathtaking lakefront property, Grant Park, which is otherwise known as "Chicago's front yard," is a beautiful example of Chicago's outdoors and architecture. Notable attractions within the park include Buckingham Fountain, Millennium Park and the Art Institute. In the summertime the park transforms into the host of wildly popular festivals like Lollapalooza, the Taste of Chicago and Blues Fest.
Whether you have the money for a Chicago-style shopping spree or just want to walk around window shopping while pretending that you do, the Water Tower Place is a great place to check out while you're in town. Here you'll see the big retailers and plenty of high-end stores. This seven-story complex also has a food court and the Lego and American Girl stores if you're there with the kids.
This is for all you film buffs out there that are tired of your typical block buster. If you're in Chicago, it's best to take advantage of its unique options like the Music Box. This two screen cinema plays all the latest art house films as well as documentaries. It's a beautiful looking theater that also hosts screenings of cult classics every week at midnight.
In addition to the museum's thousands of archived photographs, there are also permanent and temporary exhibits offered. This is where you're going to find an unbeatable collection of historical objects and photos that tell the story of Chicago's history. One of the most famous exhibits is called "Chicago: Crossroads of America" and it's a must-see if you visit the museum.