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Travel Tips and Attractions in Chicago
With endless options for the architecture nerd, food snob, and sports lover alike, Chicago is a city everyone should visit in their lifetime. This unique city is situated on the country’s “Third Coast” (Lake Michigan) and boasts gorgeous views from its famous Lake Shore Drive. Check out our list of travel ideas to make the most of your trip.
Chicago is one of the best cities in the U.S. for sports enthusiasts, since the city is home to professional teams in almost every sport imaginable. Midwesterners know how to make sports fun, so whether you score tickets to watch in-person or view the game at a local bar, you’re sure to have a good time.
Blackhawks, White Sox, and Bears, oh my! Chicago is home to many big-league sports teams and they’re known for being a city full of die-hard fans. If you get the chance to join the fun and attend a sporting event while you’re in the area, you should definitely take it.
Visit the Chicago Sports Museum and wander through halls filled with iconic memorabilia from some of Chicago’s greatest moments in the history of sports -- not excluding the famous corked bat of Sammy Sosa.
For The Win Chicago is bound to provide a night of excitement for everyone (gamers or otherwise). This adult arcade offers more than 130 games, 32 craft beers, and all-American cuisine.
Day Trips in Chicago
You could easily spend a month exploring Chicago and not feel like you’ve exhausted your time. There are a host of activities inside the city to keep you entertained. Here are some places to visit in or near Chicago.
One of the many things Chicago is known for is its interesting architecture, so it’s no surprise that this city offers ample sightseeing. Chicago is home to much of the work by famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Be sure to wander out to Oak Park, Illinois, to visit some of Wright’s most iconic Prairie-style architecture. Oak Park offers a self-guided walking tour. Whether you visit Oak Park, the Gross Point Lighthouse, or take a cruise along Great River Road, you’re sure to be captivated.
While there are many lovely gardens near Chicago, we suggest you visit the stunning Chicago Botanic Garden. You’ll want to reserve a big chunk of your day to explore these 385 acres of beauty.
Chicago is an extremely family-friendly metropolis, and the sheer amount of activities for all ages is impressive. If you have kids along for your trip, consider visiting the Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield, Illinois, which is just a quick 20 minute trip outside the city. The
Luxury Car Rental
Chicago is a driver-friendly city, so it’s a great place to hit the road and explore by car. Consider trying out a luxury car rental to enhance your trip and make the drive down Lake Shore Drive extra memorable.
Avis Chicago offers numerous car rental deals, as well as excellent options for luxury car rental in Chicago. Their Best Rate Guarantee ensures you the most affordable option, no matter what type of vehicle you want to rent. Check out the Avis app to reserve your rental car with the tap of a finger and start earning Avis rewards.
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