Best Vacation Spots in Chicago

Chicago is a city that truly has everything with the added benefit of maintaining its friendly Midwestern roots. You can dine, shop, or stroll there.

You can hit the beach or a museum. You can admire the architecture or appreciate the beauty of the lake.

Here are a few of our favorite things to do in one of America’s greatest cities.

Navy Pier

Navy Pier is one of those magical places that both kids and adults love. Kids love it because of the rides (including the Centennial Wheel, Wave Swinger and Carousel) and the many places to get ice cream. Adults love it because they can feel the lake breezes, listen to live music, and enjoy a beer or glass of wine.

The Magnificent Mile

The Magnificent Mile is a 13-block stretch of North Michigan Avenue that runs from the Chicago River to Oak Street. On the Magnificent Mile, you’ll find more than 460 stores, 275 restaurants, 60 hotels, and unique entertainments and attractions. One of the biggest draws is 360 Chicago Observatory, located at the top of the John Hancock Center, where you’ll find unbeatable panoramic views of Chicago.

Museums and More

The Art Institute of Chicago was ranked the seventh best art museum in the country by USA Today. Well respected for its Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works of art, the museum contains works by Monet, Manet, Cézanne, Renoir, and Cassatt. It is also home to Grant Wood’s “American Gothic.”

Other world class museums include the Field Museum of Natural History (where you can see the largest T. Rex ever found), the Museum of Science and Industry (the largest science museum in the western hemisphere), and Shedd Aquarium (the live animal shows are a must-see experience).

Great Eats

The Chicago Tribune calls out Alinea as the best restaurant in the city, describing it as a “mind-blowing, perception-changing, assumption-challenging experience from chef Grant Achatz.”

There is no shortage of fine dining in the Windy City, but if you’re looking for something a little more laid back, there’s only one option—the city’s famous deep-dish pizza.

Pequod’s Pizza is a local favorite according to TimeOut Chicago. Between the cheese and the substantial crust, you’ll find a generous amount of toppings, including a “refreshingly bright and undoctored” sauce.

The Lakefront

Chicago takes full advantage of its lakefront and boasts its famous Oak Street Beach. Here there is a lakefront path that, if you’re feeling energetic, can follow for about four miles all the way to Lincoln Park Zoo.

Millennium Park

Millennium Park opened in 2004 and has become one of the biggest tourist attractions in the Midwest. The centerpiece of Millennium Park is the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, a bandshell designed by architect Frank Gehry.

But what kids (and many adults) seem to like best is Crown Fountain. This is an interactive public art and video sculpture composed of black granite that reflects the pool. The pool is placed between a pair of transparent glass brick towers that display digital videos of local residents.

Chicago and StorageMart

At StorageMart, we’re proud to be involved in the communities we serve—especially when they flaunt world class museums, shopping, dining, and opportunities for fun!