Our readers are always asking — What are the Top 10 or Top 25 fun things to do in downtown Chicago in 2017? So we have compiled our list of top 25 fun things to do in downtown Chicago in 2017, one of the great cities of the world. And if you need help deciding what to do on your vacation, check-out some of our favorite attractions and activities.Start your amazing walkabout in Chicago’s loop, gazing at the Chicago architecture, then
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1. Find a great Chicago hotel in downtown Chicago to set up as your headquarters.
2. Pull out your wallet and shop morning to night along Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, a roughly eight-block stretch of North Michigan Avenue offering every kind of store imaginable.
3. 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.
4. Check out what One Million Dollars looks like on this fun Chicago tour.
5. 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.
6. Take your kids to the Chicago Children’s Museum, with three floors of engaging and educational exhibits.
7. Enjoy one of the world’s greatest art collections at the Art Institute of Chicago, especially when free on Thursday evenings each month
8. 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.
10. While not in season, go cheer for one of Chicago’s two Major League Baseball teams. Watch the Chicago Cubs (now under new ownership – yea!) at one of America’s oldest, smallest and best-loved stadiums, Wrigley Field. Or catch the Chicago White Sox at the modern U.S. Cellular Field.