Exploring The Best Of Chicago

​​ So much to do....so little time!
Attractions around every corner---art, music, history, architecture--the list goes on!
You'll find fun and interesting things to do every day of the year. 

Are discount passes worth it?
26 attractions
Up to 55% off normal ticket prices.
Save your family hundreds of dollars
And most get you to the front of the line.
Saving time, too!  
 Grant Park
Chicago's Front Yard!
Located in Chicago's central business district, the park's most notable features are Millennium Park, Buckingham Fountain, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum Campus. The park contains performance venues, gardens, art work, sporting, and harbor facilities. It hosts public gatherings and several large annual events throughout the year.
Red Line to Washington  -OR-  Brown Line to Randolph
Walk East to Millenium Park

Millennium Park
Art, Sculpture, Design, Music & More!

Free Admission!

  1. An urban oasis in the heart of downtown.
    Lurie Garden
    Lurie Garden; an urban oasis emerging from a harmonious blend of symbolism, landscape design and ecological sensitivity.
  2. the nation's only FREE outdoor classical music series of its kind. PACK A PICNIC!
    Pritzker Pavillion
    Designed by Frank Gehry, a revolutionary outdoor concert venue with the nation's only FREE outdoor classical music series of its kind. PACK A PICNIC! I have baskets / coolers / blankets at the Guest Houses.
  3. Chicago Guest House Vacation Rental In Wrigleyville (312) 952-5150
    Crown Fountain
    Faces of about one thousand Chicagoan's spouting water from their mouths. Bring towels! The kids are gonna get wet!
  4. "Cloud Gate" AKA: 'the bean', because 80 percent of its surface reflects the sky
    Cloud Gate
    ​Sculptor, Anish Kapur calls his creation "Cloud Gate" AKA: 'the bean', because 80 percent of its surface reflects the sky.
Museum Campus
Museum Campus is a 57-acre park in Chicago that sits alongside Lake Michigan and encompasses three of the city's most notable attractions: the Adler Planetarium, America's first planetarium; the Shedd Aquarium; the Field Museum of Natural History.
Brown 'Loop' and 'transfer' to Red Line / 95th DanRyan -OR- Red Line / 95th Dan Ryan to Roosevelt  Stop
Walk East (approx 10min) to Museum Campus

The centerpiece of Grant Park. Come see the light show after dark!
Buckingham Fountain
The center piece of Grant Park is Buckingham Fountain, one of the world's largest fountains. The fountain, in a rococo wedding cake style, was dedicated in 1927 as a gift to the city from Kate Sturges Buckingham in memory of her brother Clarence.

April to October water displays every 20 minutes and a light and water display from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm.

Located on Congress between VanBurnen and Harrison
So get off at one of those locations and walk east
Or just enjoy the stroll from Millennium Park south.

Spirit of Music Garden
So Much Fun!!!!
Free Admission!
An urban dance space in Grant Park. Dance to the sounds of 43 different live bands and get into step with dance lessons beforehand. Glide across the restored 4,900-square-foot, 100 percent recycled,open-air dance floor designed by Chicago artist Dan Peterman. Swing, waltz, cha-cha…or simply enjoy the music.
June 23rd-September 10th
2017 Calendar Coming Soon
Dance under the stars on Chicago largest outdoor dance floor
Amazing art and sculptures throughout grant park.
Festivals, music, food and fun in Grant park all summer long!
Free Admission!
Music Festivals in
Grant Park  

  • Gospel Music Festival June 2-3
  • Chicago Blues Festival June 9-11
  • Taste of Chicago July 5-9
  • Jazz Festival August 31st-Sept 3
  • World Music Festival Sept 8-24

Public Works of Art
At Every Turn!
Art Instutute of Chicago and Modern Art Wing
Looking for a fun introduction to the Art Institute or a new way to explore the collection? Browse 80 different themed mini-tours and  download a PDF for your next visit. Or download our free Art Institute Tours app , available for Apple and Android devices, and enjoy 50 personalized tours of the collection.​​
The leading fine-arts institutions in the US
The Modern Art wing considered one of the finest in the world!
The Art Institute of Chicago collects, preserves, and interprets works of art of the highest quality, representing the world’s diverse artistic traditions---internationally recognized as the leading fine-arts institutions in the United States. 
Art Institutes Modern Art Wing
Considered one of the finest and most comprehensive in the world, the Art Institute's extraordinary collection of modern art includes nearly 1,000 works by artists from Europe and the Americas. The modern collection boasts some of the greatest icons of the period, including Picasso's Old Guitarist; Matisse's Bathers by a River; Brâncusi's Golden Bird; Magritte's Time Transfixed; O'Keeffe's Black Cross, New Mexico; Orozco's Zapata; Wood's American Gothic; Ivan Albright's Picture of Dorian Gray; and Lachaise's Woman (Elevation).
Lincoln Park
Walk to Clark St. catch #22 Bus south to Fullerton
From Henderson property--Lakewood / Belmont, take 77 East bound 
to Clark catch #22 to Fullerton
Walk east on Fullerton to Stockton

South side of Stockton & Fullerton--entry to Lilly Pool and the Zoo and Conservatory
North side of Fullerton--Notebaert Nature Museum
Beach between Fullerton & North Ave
Bike rentals at North Ave Beach