Out of the 40 voted as favorites these are the top six cultural attraction favorites according to the concierge. Make sure to add these iconic museums, tour companies, and landmarks to your itineraries.
For first-time visitors Chicago’s museums tend to serve the purpose of being able to do something to avoid the cold weather. Once they step inside our world-class institutions they realize they could spend days in each one. Takara Bard-Edwards, concierge/lifestyle director at Gold Coast City Apartments, enjoys “each one of these places because of the history, and it creates memories that you can hold forever.” You can recreate some memories from “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” by visiting The Art Institute of Chicago and checking out the captivating “A Sunday on La Grande Jatte,” “America’s Windows,” and “Nighthawks.” In addition to these classics, don’t miss their new exhibit “Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium,“ the Brazilian artist’s first U.S. retrospective featuring his large-scale installations. The exhibit runs from Feb. 18 through May 7.
Don’t make any other plans when you visit the Museum of Science and Industry as it’s the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere. If you have time after visiting the German World War II submarine, the Boeing 727, the 40-foot water vapor tornado, and the adorable chick hatchery, then don’t miss the opportunity to explore the mind of famed writer and illustrator Maurice Sendak in “Where the Wild Things Are: The Works of Maurice Sendak,” which closes Feb. 20.
For an in-depth view of the city make sure to visit the Chicago History Museum. The museum provides a great overview with artifacts from the World’s Fair, the first passenger car that rode on the L tracks in 1893, a look at the Great Fire of 1871, and more, but it gives you great glimpses into lesser known history like with their exhibit “Making Mainbocher: The First American Couturier.” Marvel at the 30 dresses, the photographs, and the illustrations highlighting the impressive career of Chicago-born Mainbocher from working at the complaint department of Sears, Roebuck and Company to becoming a haute couturier.
Chicago’s concierge know that it’s important to have options and that’s why they voted for two great boat tour companies in their top six favorites. Chicago Line Cruises’ 90-minute architecture cruise takes off starting March 25. If you want a more personal cruise of Chicago make sure to inquire about their luxurious charters.
The Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise Aboard Chicago’s First Lady Cruises doesn’t take off until April 1, but if you’re in town do not miss an opportunity to take the tour. Their certified docents cover 50 buildings along the Chicago River and 100 years of history.
Pier into Chicago
Navy Pier is surely on your itinerary with it being the top tourist and leisure destination in the Midwest. With the Chicago Children’s Museum, The Chicago Shakespeare Theater, IMAX Theatre, cruises, Miller Lite Beer Garden, and the Centennial Wheel, you could easily spend a weekend revisiting Navy Pier. For a taste of the diverse cultures that call Chicago home, make sure to attend the Neighborhoods of the World events to experience cultural dancing, art, crafts, food, and more.