Chicago is my kind of town. The great thing about living in a big city is that you are surrounded by so much culture and diversity. It doesn't take a ton of money to sightsee or learn something new. It may be called the Windy City but there is so much more for you to breath in.
Nothing can compare to getting lost in an underwater abyss. I took an eighth grade field trip here and we were able to dissect squid and write our names with the ink sack. If you are a science nerd, how can you not love that!
I will always refer to this as the Sears Tower despite it's new name. What a wonderful way to learn the history of Chicago by being one of the world's most famous buildings. It may not be the tallest anymore but the sights that you get from the skydeck are worth it. On a clear day, you can see all the way to the suburbs.
Bueller, Bueller? Anyone? Before you even walk into the Art Institute, stand outside and take in the architectural beauty of this building. Lions proudly guarding the world's precious art and the Chicago skyline in your peripheral. Ferris Bueller went here on his day off and you should, too!
Pizza, Polish sausages, the Bears, the Bulls, The Blackhawks and of course, POPCORN!!! You cannot visit Chicago and not get your own tin of mixed popcorn from here. Lines are usually down the block but it is worth it one you have your first bite.
Navy Pier is diversity at its finest. There are so many shops, shows, museums, and restaurants in this one location. Take your children to the children's museum, stop and see a play or the Cirque du Soleil show or take a ferry tour on the lake. Once nightfall hits, go see a movie at the IMAX theater or listen to great music at the Beer garden. You will be surrounded by other tourists from all over the world and you might make a new friend in the process!
Chicago is alive! Architecture, culture, food, diversity, and history all in one location. There is a reason why people travel here and you should add this a city to add to your bucketlist. Come, stay, and experience every inch of this beautiful city.