fun things to do in chicago

25+ Fun Things to Do in Downtown Chicago in 2018

16. Take your kids to the wild side at the free Lincoln Park Zoo.

17. Willis Tower – Formerly known as the Sears Tower, the Willis Tower enjoys the legacy of once holding the title as the tallest building in the world. Today, while no longer the tallest in the world, Willis Tower remains a favorite Chicago attraction for locals and tourists. The Skydeck is the main attraction at the Willis Tower. Make your way to the 103rd floor for staggering views of the Chicago skyline and three neighboring states. Step onto the glass balcony Ledge for added thrills. Interactive displays and historical timelines tell the story of the Willis Tower. The Skydeck is open daily. Visit

18. When you’re feeling blue, stop by one of the longstanding favorite haunts for blues music: Blue Chicago, Buddy Guy’s Legends, House of Blues or Kingston Mines.

19. Get jazzed! Chicago is home to some fabulous Chicago jazz venues like Andy’s Jazz Club, The Back Room and Joe’s Be Bop Café & Jazz Emporium.

20. In the summer, soak up the sun while you lie on the beach, inline skate or play sand volleyball at the Oak Street Beach, a popular spot to see and be seen.

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