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I am so lucky to live only thirty miles from one of the most vibrant cities in the world. Chicago is a wonderful city to visit in the summer. There are numerous exciting things to do, and today I want to share with you 5 fun things to do in Chicago. Like I said in my San Francisco blog, I love to find ornaments for you to commemorate the trips you take, and Chicago is no exception!

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago is the third most populous city in the U.S. Chicago is known for its amazing museums, multiple festivals and gorgeous skyline. The city has many nicknames but the most common are “The Windy City” and “Second City”. Chicagoans are proud to support their professional sports teams, the Bulls, Blackhawks, Bears, Cubs and White Sox! When people come to visit us, we love to take them to the Windy City!

Top 5 Most Fun Things to do in Chicago

1.  Visit Lincoln Park Zoo (2204 N. Cannon Dr.)

Animal lovers will definitely enjoy a visit to Lincoln Park Zoo. This zoo spans 35-acres, is one of the oldest zoos in the U.S., and has FREE admission! What I love most about this zoo is its location. It is quite a scene walking through a zoo of exotic animals, lush trees and gardens with tall city buildings providing a backdrop! On winter evenings, the zoo has a festival called ZooLights, where you can enjoy festive light displays and holiday fun. They play Christmas music and the lights in the trees blink to the beat of the music! The zoo is open 365 days a year and visiting the animals and enjoying the attractions are fun things to do in Chicago.

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 2.  Visit Millennium Park (201 East Randolph St.)

When this park debuted on July 16, 2004, Millennium Park transformed what formally was an industrial wasteland into a vibrant, new town square. This year Millennium Park is celebrating its 10 year anniversary. To celebrate they will be offering dozens of FREE events which are sure to be fun things to do in Chicago! On your visit to Millennium Park don’t miss “The Bean”, an eye catching work of art that reflects the city skyline on its surface. At the park you can also enjoy the beautiful city garden, splash around in the park’s Crown Fountain which has a shallow reflecting pool with 50 foot video towers. The park also has restaurants for food and drinks.

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3. Visit Navy Pier (600 E. Grand Ave.)

Navy Pier is a huge waterfront boardwalk located on the shoreline of Lake Michigan. There is no charge to just walk along the pier and enjoy the views. It is filled with gardens, amusement rides, shops, eateries and special attractions but just the view of the city skyline from Navy Pier is worth the trip! On of the most fun things to do in Chicago is to take an architectural boat tour or a speed boat ride on Lake Michigan. On our last visit we opted for the Sea Dog Extreme Boat Tour. The captain of the Sea Dog boat will take you on a high speed boat ride out on Lake Michigan and be prepared to get wet! Inside the building at the Pier, you will find a store called Garrett Popcorn Shop. You must stop at this Chicago tradition and buy some of their famous popcorn! I recommend you try their Chicago Mix which is a mix of Sweet Carmel Crisp and Cheese popcorn. Garrett’s has multiple locations throughout the city. A line of customers usually forms outside the door, but the line moves quickly and it is so worth the wait!

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4.  Take a Segway Tour of the City (Multiple Locations by Navy Pier and Millennium Park)

For those who are looking for more adventurous and fun things to do in Chicago, taking a Segway tour of the city!  It is an ideal way to cross everything off your sightseeing list! These tours are even ideal for beginners like me! You will have the opportunity to explore the beauty of the city’s landmarks and architecture which boarder Lake Michigan. You will glide along on the Segway with a group of fellow tourists. An experienced guide will help you learn to ride, and will leave you with current and historical facts about Chicago. You will have the opportunity to take some great photos on your tour too! Here I am after my lesson and ready to glide through the city! We had so much fun!

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 5.  Visit the Skydeck at Willis Tower (233 S. Wacker Dr.)

The Willis Tower, formally known as the Sears Tower, is home of the Skydeck, the highest visitor observatory in America. In addition to the panoramic views seen out the windows at the top of the skyscraper, in 2009, the Willis tower owners opened a thrilling attraction called The Ledge. The Ledge is a glass balcony extending four feet outside the 103rd floor of the building. The balcony has a glass floor allowing visitors to look down to the streets below! I highly recommend taking a walk out onto the Ledge, I have never experienced anything like it!

So come visit and try these fun things to do in Chicago! I hope you are able to see all the wonderful attractions for yourself! You will not be disappointed! ChristmasOrnaments.com has a variety of travel ornaments to commemorate the vacations you take. These ornaments are wonderful souvenirs to decorate your tree with year after year.