There is so much to experience in Chicago, it's difficult to know where to begin. You may want to start with an overview of the city. There are a variety of boat tours departing from Navy Pier and other city locations, as well as city bus tours, which point out significant landmarks and provide interesting information about Chicago and its history. See our tours section for more tour information and see our Navy Pier section for more exciting things to do while you're there.
Adler Planetarium & Astronomy MuseumThe Adler Planetarium is located on Lake Shore Drive at Chicago's Museum Campus. Opened in 1930 as the first planetarium in the western hemisphere, the Adler fuels the imagination of its visitors with all new exhibits, state-of-the-art computer technology and the world's first StarRider Theater, while showcasing a renowned collection of historical astronomy artifacts. From scale models of the Solar System, to ancient astronomical instruments, to interactive adventures, Adler's exhibit galleries provide a passageway for you to explore the universe. The Adler's historical collections of astronomical instruments and rare books are among the finest in the world.
Brookfield ZooBrookfield Zoo, located in Brookfield, Illinois, just west of Chicago, is open every day of the year. The Zoo is located on 216 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, featuring over 2,000 animals. The Zoo first opened in 1934 and became world renowned for its use of natural barriers, such as moats, rather than cages. Brookfield Zoo featured the first Giant Panda exhibit in the United States. The exhibits, such as the Australia House, Baboon Island, Wolf Woods, Reptile House, Pachyderm House and more, are sure to please. There is also a children's petting zoo and the Play Zoo, where families can interact more closely with the animals.
Chicago Opera TheaterThis is not your typical opera experience. Chicago Opera Theater boldly presents familiar works with fresh interpretations and is often the first to present to Chicago audiences powerful new works by acclaimed composers. Fresh talent combined with renowned legends.
Grant ParkStroll through Grant Park and admire the magnificent Buckingham Fountain and other Chicago sightseeing opportunities.