Millenium Park This 24.5-acre park features Frank Gehry’s Pritzker Pavilion and serpentine bridge; sculptor Anish Kapoor’s 110-ton Cloud Gate (a.k.a. “The Bean”); and Jaume Plensa’s Crown Fountain, with its ever-changing array of locals’ faces spewing water very five minutes in the summer months. The Lurie Garden wows with year-round flower displays and monthly garden walks.
Wrigley Field Even when baseball’s not in season, there’s plenty to do at this legendary stadium, erected in 1914 and reinvigorated by an ownership change in 2009. Seasonal tours offer an insider peek at the Friendly Confines when the Cubs are on the road or away for spring training.
Soldier Field If you’re a Bears fan, go on an educational tour through the oldest stadium in the NFL, Soldier Field.
United Center At the United Center, home to the Blackhawks and the Chicago Bulls, you can visit the bronze statue of legendary basketball player Michael Jordan.
Art Institute of Chicago You could spend the next four years getting to know this encyclopedic institution, which owns more than 300,000 artworks and artifacts from all over the world and every era from antiquity to the present. Our favorite pieces include the Japanese prints, fragments of local buildings by Frank Lloyd Wright and the Thorne Miniature Rooms. We’re also in love with Renzo Piano’s light-filled Modern Wing, which is the perfect place to enjoy the Art Institute’s architecture and design collection, modern and contemporary art, and gorgeous views of Millennium Park.
The Field Museum (Founded to house the biological and anthropological collections assembled for the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, this massive natural history museum still packs ’em in with more than 30 permanent exhibitions covering 300,000 square feet. Inside the permanent displays, you can see glowering dinos, marvel at ancient artifacts from a royal Egyptian tomb, check out artifacts in the Cyrus Tang Hall of China or take a stroll through the newly rehabbed Halls of Gems and Jade.
Chicago Architecture River Cruise A visit to 360 CHICAGO or Skydeck Chicago will give you a good overview of the city’s layout. But if you want to learn more about Chicago’s sky-high buildings, tag along on an architecture river cruise. During a river cruise, you’ll gain great views and historical insight about well-known structures like The Wrigley Building, the Leo Burnett Building and the Fulton House.
Brand USA is the destination-marketing organisation for the United States. The new visittheusa.com.au website features vibrant videos and loads of content. Travellers can swipe through to explore itineraries that start in gateway cities, such as New York, LA or San Francisco, and end up somewhere new and exciting five hours away. These expanded itineraries help travellers understand how many unique destinations and attractions they can experience in a single trip to the United States.