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Chicago Attractions

Chicago Landmarks and Attractions


Art Institute of Chicago - 111 South Michigan Avenue. A world class art museum like no other. Also located right next to Millenium Park, the Bean, and the Chicago Cultural Center.

Chicago Architecture Boat Tour – 401 N. Michigan or Navy Pier. Learn about Chicago’s rich, historic architecture treasures and famous landmarks through a 60 or 75 minute boat tour.

Chicago History Museum - 1601 N Clark St. The Chicago History Museum cares for, showcases, and interprets millions of authentic pieces of Chicago and U.S. history. 

Chicago Riverwalk - Along Wacker Dr. You can grab food and drinks to eat outside while you enjoy the beautiful architecture, boats, and river. 

Cloud Gate (also known as the Bean) - 201 E Randolph St. Famous public sculpture located at Millennium Park.

DuSable Museum of African American History - 740 East 56th Place. The nation's oldest independent African American museum is celebrating 60 years. 

The Field Museum - 1400 S Lake Shore Dr. The Field is one of the largest natural history museums in the world and offers a wonderful day of learning and adventure. 

Grant Park - 337 E Randolph St. Large urban park in the loop community area, includes the famous Buckingham Fountain.

Guaranteed Rate Field - 333 W 35th St. Home of the Chicago White Sox! 

The John Hancock Building - 875 North Michigan Ave. 100 story skyscraper with the 360 observation deck. The Signature Lounge is also a great place to eat here.

Lakefront Path - Ardmore Ave to 71st St. 18.5 mile-long partial shared use path for walking, jogging, skateboarding, and cycling. 

The Lincoln Park Zoo - 2001 N Clark St. 35-acre zoo located in Lincoln Park.  Known for it’s free admission and lovely views.

Navy Pier - 600 E Grand Ave. 3,300 foot long pier on the shoreline of Lake Michigan.  Great experience for food, drinks, Shakespeare, Movies, and the Ferris Wheel!

Northalsted Rainbow Pillars and LGBQT Center on Halsted - 3656 N Halsted St. Center on Halsted is a lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans community center and the largest LGBT community center in the Midwest.

The Magnificent Mile - Michigan Ave. Chicago’s premier commercial district.

Museum of Science and Industry - 5700 S Lake Shore Dr. The museum pays tribute to the city’s innovative roots, showcasing more than 35,000 artifacts and variety of hands-on exhibits. 

National Museum of Mexican Art - 1852 W 19th S. The museum features Mexican, Latino, and Chicano art and culture.

Starbucks Reserve Roastery -  - 646 Michigan Ave. Multiple story Starbucks that offers all the best that Starbucks has to offer. 

Swedish American Museum - 5211 N Clark St. Highlight of the Andersonville neighborhood and an educational adventure! Great for kids!

Weird Chicago Tours - Various tours. 

Willis Tower - 233 S Wacker Dr. Previously known as Sears Tower, it is a 110-story skyscraper with wonderful views of the city.

Wrigley Field -  1060 W Addison St.Home to the Chicago Cubs! Go explore the area and snag a photo in front of the famous red marquee. You can also pay to go on a tour of the field and see some of the more exclusive parts of the stadium.


Chicago Magic Lounge - 5050 N Clark St. With 3 different “environments”, come enjoy a cocktail and some slight of hand! Depending on the ticket you purchase - you can expect live shows as well as up close 1:1 magic.

The Green Mill - 4802 N. Broadway Ave. The Green Mill is sophisticated informally, a warm glowing atmosphere steeped in the heady sounds of the early ‘30s and ‘40s jazz. It is also known for the patronage of Al Capone!

Improvised Shakespeare Company - 1501 N Kingsbury St. Based on audience suggestion, the cast creates a fully improvised play in Elizabethan style.  Each play is completely improvised, so each play is entirely new.

Kingston Mines - 2548 North Halsted Street. Founded in 1968, Kingston Mines is the largest and oldest continuously operating blues club in Chicago. They have two bands playing Chicago style blues every night.

Laugh Factory - 3175 N Broadway. Well-known comedy club for seasoned and emerging stand-up acts, plus surprise celebrity guests. 

PanIQ Room -  - 1200 W Lake St If you like to solve real-life mysteries and brainteasers, this is for you!

Second City -  - 1616 N Wells St. The world’s premier comedy club, comedy theater, and school of improvisation.  There are live shows every night.

  • Adapted from the 2020 JASPA Accessibility and Chicago Recommendations Guides. A huge thanks goes to Amanda Martinez Zielinski, Tyler Jung and Loyola staff members who have contributed to this resource guide.