Things to Do in Chicago

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    If you're looking to stay active and do some sight-seeing in Chicago, you've got to check out this post!

    Part 1 of the Chicago series is here. It talks about the best places to eat in Chicago. This post is the opposite of that. It’s everything to do to stay active after you’ve eaten all of Chicago ;)

    The Bean

    The Bean is interesting. Not sure why it’s so popular and Chicago natives all think it’s rather strange that this big metal structure has so much popularity amongst tourists. Well, when in Rome, right? We took a short walk to The Bean from our hotel. It was great to get our steps in after eating so much! We walked across the river and over to Millennium Park where it was bustling with tourists and locals getting their exercise in. It looked like it was going to storm so we didn’t stay long but since I didn’t get a chance to see The Bean the last time I was in Chicago (about five years ago), I definitely wanted a photo of it and to see what the fuss was about!

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  • Emanuele @ guyslovecooking says:

    I Have never been to Chicago, despite having visited the US quite a few times. I kind of like the Bean too. We European love that kind of crazy architectures :)

  • Heather Christo says:

    I just LOVE Chicago!!

  • dixya | food, pleasure, and health says:

    im going to Chicago next week..and this came at a great time..thank you :)

  • Kevin @ Closet Cooking says:

    What fun!

  • Erin says:

    i visited chicago once back when pete and i were still dating long distance and he was there for work (almost 7 years ago now!!)–loved it! that’s a city i could totally live in. we did the architecture tour during the day and completely agree that it’s a must-do!!

  • Maria says:

    The river walk looks beautiful!

  • NancyS says:

    Chicago is one of my favorite cities! While I’ve taken the daytime architectural boat tour from two different vendors (and highly recommend it), I haven’t taken a night tour and will have to try that on the next trip (seeing fireworks is a definite bonus). One of the only reasons I would go to the Navy Pier is to see the stained glass “museum”, in case you happen to go back…

    • Julie says:

      I’ll definitely have to go to that! Is the stained glass museum at Navy Pier where the green house thing is in the middle or is it somewhere else near the Navy Pier?

      • NancyS says:

        I have to stand corrected! When I went to figure out how to describe the location, I saw that it closed last year! So unfortunate, but I guess it was replaced by more retail/dining options….

  • Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles says:

    I never tire of visiting Chicago. So much to see and do. So much to EAT! I agree with you about the architectural cruises. We did a daytime riverboat one about 5 years ago – it was incredibly interesting, plus I liked the different perspective as seen from the river.

  • Liz @ The Lemon Bowl says:

    We are just a 3 hour drive from Chicago so I’ve been a million times but I love seeing it from the eyes of others!!

  • @Travelpanties says:

    Used to live here, I love it! Great write up! So many things to do and you picked some of the best. Loved taking a trip back with your post!

  • Carrie @Frugal Foodie Mama says:

    Haha! Trump’s stupid building- that cracked me up. ;) Chicago is definitely on my travel bucket list. And that cruise looked so cool!

  • Deborah says:

    The only time I’ve been to Chicago was for about 4 hours in the middle of winter, so I’m dying to get back one day to truly experience the city. Love this guide!

  • Nutmeg Nanny says:

    I want to go back! I had such a blast with you all that I should just never not travel with you :) Also when I saw that Zebra you know what I thought of….haha.

  • melissa says:

    When I went to Chicago last year I went to see The Bean as well. It makes a good selfie spot haha! Then, I stayed in an apartment nearby (I booked it on Roomorama), and my host left me a list of recommendations to visit in Chicago. Though it was quite “touristy” I still had a great time. Thanks for the lovely post, it certainly brings back fond memories!

  • Savannah says:

    I have to go to that Zoo, my littles would love that. We just moved to a D.R. Horton new home in Volo Il and this is going to be at the top of my list! Thanks for sharing. so much fun.

    • Julie says:

      So neat! Enjoy the city!

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