Downtown Chicago

Perfect “cheap” destination retreats for a quick getaway for college students in downtown Chicago!

– Take a trip to downtown and go shopping on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, a roughly eight-block stretch of North Michigan Avenue offering every kind of store imaginable
– Take a Free Walking Tour in Downtown Chicago this summer — Beginning May 7th, there will be a free downtown Chicago tour. No reservations required as these tours are a perfect introduction to Chicago. This 2.5 hour easy walking excursion is a great way to learn about the history, culture and lifestyle that is Chicago.
– Slowly make your way through Millennium Park, an extraordinary testament and home to world-class art, music, architecture and landscape design.
– Go south a block to Grant Park and marvel at the incredible water shows at the world-famous Buckingham Fountain.
– Enjoy one of the world’s greatest art collections at the Art Institute of Chicago
– You must check out Cloud Gate, or what we Chicago locals call “the Bean”. One of Chicago’s leading free attractions, “The Bean” or “Cloud Gate” is British artist Anish Kapoor’s first public outdoor work installed in the United States. The 110-ton elliptical sculpture is forged of a seamless series of perfectly polished stainless steel plates, which reflect the city’s famous skyline and the clouds above. Visitors and citizens alike are marvelling at the beauty reflected off the Bean and the near perfection of the work and it remains one of the leading things to do in Chicago. A 12-foot-high arch provides a “gate” to the concave chamber beneath the sculpture, inviting visitors to touch its mirror-like surface and see their image reflected back from a variety of perspectives. Inspired by liquid mercury, the sculpture is among the largest of its kind in the world, measuring 66-feet long by 33-feet high
– Come see all the fishes and more at the Shedd Aquarium.
– Visit the trendy boutiques of Oak Street or venture to revitalized State Street to browse through historic anchor Macys (the old beloved Marshall Field) and other fun shops
– With jogging paths and plenty of water sports, everyone will want to spend time on Lake Michigan
– For an awe-inspiring view of the city from above, go out on the ledge at the Sears Tower I mean… Willis Tower Skydeck
– The famous Ferris wheel at Navy Pier and free public shows
– Free admission to Lincoln Park Zoo.
– Stroll through Grant Park, Chicago’s most prominent and beloved park, where you can enjoy an outdoor concert or throw a penny into Buckingham Fountain.
– Imagine what the world was like when dinosaurs roamed the earth when you visit the Field Museum of Natural History, home to the largest, most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex.
– History buffs and architecture enthusiasts will love the Tribune Tower

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