Ever wanted to visit the Windy City? Well, you’re in luck—we’ve compiled the ultimate travel guide for navigating the scenic city of Chicago, Illinois!


You won’t want to miss these iconic landmarks throughout the city. Check out the best tourist spots for a Chicago newcomer!

Millennium Park

Located in the heart of the city, this park’s unique architectural design is the perfect backdrop for events such as concerts, family activities, and tours. This tribute to postmodern architecture also features an ice skating rink, outdoor art galleries, and the Crown Fountain.

Skydeck at Willis Tower

You’ll have to muster up all your courage to venture onto “The Ledge,” a glass box towering over 1300 feet above the city, but it is certainly worth the view. Tickets range from $16–24 per person.

Chicago Architecture Foundation

Discover the history of one of Chicago’s most well-known features—its matchless knack for architecture. As the largest nonprofit cultural organization in Chicago, the Chicago Architecture Foundation is prominently known for its interactive tours, family events, and exclusive exhibitions.

Favorite Eats

Of course, no trip to Chicago is complete without tasting the one-of-a-kind cuisine. From its world-renowned deep-dish pizza to mouthwatering hot dogs, these Chicago menu items will have you feeling proud to be an American.

Lou Malnati’s Pizza

Photo by Bing.

It doesn’t get better than this, folks—eating one of the nation’s most beloved foods in the city where it was born. Lou Malnati’s traditional Chicago-style deep-dish pizza is cooked to perfection and even customization—feel free to pile on the toppings!

Kim & Carlo’s Hot Dogs

Somewhat of a hidden gem, Kim & Carlo’s Hot Dogs defines what Chicago is all about: gathering people from all over to enjoy an All-American meal right in the middle of the city’s scenery.

So whether you’re going for the awe-inspiring architecture or the equally incredibly food, the Windy City has a little something for everyone. Get packing—Chicago is calling your name!

—by Amanda Dunn

Cover photo by Jackman Chiu