Get a 360-degree view of Chi-town from the 360 Chicago tower formerly John Hancock Observatory. The view spans across 80 miles, and you can see four neighboring states from the lookout. For those not afraid of heights, venture out onto Chicago's only open-air skywalk and dare to look down.
Find this hidden garden resembling a river meandering through a midwestern prairie behind the Lincoln Park Conservancy. Follow the stone walk encircling the lily pool and discover a pavilion, council ring, and native plants from mid-April to mid-November.
Stroll through downtown Chicago's Grant Park to see the beautiful Buckingham Fountain. The fountain operates from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. and features streams of water accompanied by dancing lights and music.
Find some peace, quiet and books at the Harold Washington Library Center. The main branch of Chicago Public Libraries offers 750,000 square feet of WiFi, art, exhibits and, of course, books.
Get up close to more than 75 species of exotic butterflies and stunning bird species at the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven. Find some from the Southern hemisphere in a 2,700 square-foot greenhouse filled with pools of water, flowers, tropical trees and 1,000 butterflies, including those never seen before in our region at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.
Pay homage to a great American leader by visiting the "Standing Lincoln" sculpture. The bronze statue depicts the 16th President rising from a chair to give a speech. It is considered one of the most significant sculptures of Lincoln. Also enjoy some of the other sculptures in Lincoln Park.
Visit the Monument to the Great Northern Migration and gain a new respect for the millions of African-American men, women and children who traveled far to make Chicago their home in the early 20th century. The statue depicts a traveler with worn luggage, waving toward Chicago.
Step into a piece of Chicago history and a structure that was built to survive. The Old St. Patrick's Church was built in the 1850s and is one of the few buildings that survived the Great Chicago Fire in 1871. The building reflects the architectural design of the Celtic Revival and is a magnificent piece of Chicago architecture.