Best Activities in Chicago

Check out the top Activities in Chicago, reviewed and ranked by the city’s locals
1. Rauner Family YMCA
1. Rauner Family YMCA
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26 local reviews
2700 S Western Ave, Chicago
Closed · Opens Sunday 12:00 PM (noon)
+1 773-847-3115
GymHealthPoint of interest
Christopher
It's fun to stay there! Group and personal fitness activities, in a nice facility just a few blocks away. Chec…
1. Rauner Family YMCA
1. Rauner Family YMCA
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26 local reviews
2700 S Western Ave, Chicago
Closed · Opens Sunday 12:00 PM (noon)
+1 773-847-3115
Christopher
Christopher
It's fun to stay there! Group and personal fitness activities, in a nice facility just a few blocks away. Check their website for a free 1st…
2. Navy Pier
2. Navy Pier
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416 local reviews
600 E Grand Ave, Chicago
Premise
Rochelle
A variety of activities to do here. My favorite restaurant is Riva Crabhouse. Reservations are recommended. …
Anthony
This tourist hot spot features shops, eateries, an IMAX cinema and a bevy of sightseeing boat tours. Pier Park…
Tony
This tourist hot spot features shops, eateries, an IMAX cinema and a bevy of sightseeing boat tours. Pier Park…
2. Navy Pier
2. Navy Pier
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416 local reviews
600 E Grand Ave, Chicago
Rochelle
Rochelle
A variety of activities to do here. My favorite restaurant is Riva Crabhouse. Reservations are recommended. Many other casual & fast food …
Anthony
Anthony
This tourist hot spot features shops, eateries, an IMAX cinema and a bevy of sightseeing boat tours. Pier Park is home to a 200-foot-high Fe…
Tony
Tony
This tourist hot spot features shops, eateries, an IMAX cinema and a bevy of sightseeing boat tours. Pier Park is home to a 150-foot-high Fe…
3. Millennium Park
3. Millennium Park
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555 local reviews
Millennium Park, Chicago
NeighborhoodPolitical
Grace
Discover a state-of-the-art collection of architecture, landscape design and art that provide the backdrop for…
Lilly
Discover a state-of-the-art collection of architecture, landscape design and art that provide the backdrop for…
Julia And Charlie
This is where you can see "The Bean" (Cloud Gate) beautiful views of the city, walk to the lake, stroll up Mic…
3. Millennium Park
3. Millennium Park
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555 local reviews
Millennium Park, Chicago
Grace
Grace
Discover a state-of-the-art collection of architecture, landscape design and art that provide the backdrop for hundreds of free cultural pro…
Lilly
Lilly
Discover a state-of-the-art collection of architecture, landscape design and art that provide the backdrop for free cultural programs includ…
Julia And Charlie
Julia And Charlie
This is where you can see "The Bean" (Cloud Gate) beautiful views of the city, walk to the lake, stroll up Michigan Ave and do all the quint…
4. Lincoln Park Zoo
4. Lincoln Park Zoo
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620 local reviews
2001 N Clark St, Chicago
Closed · Opens Sunday 10:00 AM
+1 312-742-2000
ZooPoint of interestEstablishment
Laura
Lincoln Park Zoo is a free 35-acre zoo located in Lincoln Park in Chicago, Illinois. The zoo was founded in 18…
Lins
Lincoln Park Zoo is a free 35-acre zoo located in Lincoln Park in Chicago, Illinois. The zoo was founded in 18…
Ashley
It's free! Great activity to walk through for the day with kids, or even just to be out in the nice weather.
4. Lincoln Park Zoo
4. Lincoln Park Zoo
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620 local reviews
2001 N Clark St, Chicago
Closed · Opens Sunday 10:00 AM
+1 312-742-2000
Laura
Laura
Lincoln Park Zoo is a free 35-acre zoo located in Lincoln Park in Chicago, Illinois. The zoo was founded in 1868, making it among the oldest…
Lins
Lins
Lincoln Park Zoo is a free 35-acre zoo located in Lincoln Park in Chicago, Illinois. The zoo was founded in 1868, making it among the oldest…
Ashley
Ashley
It's free! Great activity to walk through for the day with kids, or even just to be out in the nice weather.
5. Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
5. Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
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92 local reviews
2430 N Cannon Dr, Chicago
Closed · Opens Sunday 10:00 AM
+1 773-755-5100
MuseumPoint of interestEstablishment
Nancy
Not really a zoo, but has two awe inspiring live exhibits, butterflies and tropical birds. Lots of fun kid act…
Andrew
Kids really enjoy this museum, especially the butterfly garden and the water works area, where they can make t…
Nicole
From the Butterfly Haven to the nature walk trails to the Hands-on Habitat, The Notebaert Nature Museum is a g…
5. Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
5. Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
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92 local reviews
2430 N Cannon Dr, Chicago
Closed · Opens Sunday 10:00 AM
+1 773-755-5100
Nancy
Nancy
Not really a zoo, but has two awe inspiring live exhibits, butterflies and tropical birds. Lots of fun kid activities. Short walk from Linco…
Andrew
Andrew
Kids really enjoy this museum, especially the butterfly garden and the water works area, where they can make their own waves. It's nearby (a…
Nicole
Nicole
From the Butterfly Haven to the nature walk trails to the Hands-on Habitat, The Notebaert Nature Museum is a great family activity! $9 Adul…
6. Trailside Museum of Natural History
6. Trailside Museum of Natural History
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5 local reviews
738 Thatcher Ave, River Forest
Closed · Opens Sunday 9:00 AM
+1 708-366-6530
ParkPoint of interestEstablishment
Bogdan
Established in 1931, the Hal Tyrrell Trailside Museum of Natural History served as the first public nature edu…
6. Trailside Museum of Natural History
6. Trailside Museum of Natural History
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5 local reviews
738 Thatcher Ave, River Forest
Closed · Opens Sunday 9:00 AM
+1 708-366-6530
Bogdan
Bogdan
Established in 1931, the Hal Tyrrell Trailside Museum of Natural History served as the first public nature education facility of the Forest …
7. Room Escape Adventures
7. Room Escape Adventures
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5 local reviews
410 S Michigan Ave, Chicago
Open · Closes 10:00 PM
+1 470-236-2699
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Michelle
Solve the puzzles to escape the zombie! A very fun and engaging activity to go with friends and family. Teamwo…
7. Room Escape Adventures
7. Room Escape Adventures
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5 local reviews
410 S Michigan Ave, Chicago
Open · Closes 10:00 PM
+1 470-236-2699
Michelle
Michelle
Solve the puzzles to escape the zombie! A very fun and engaging activity to go with friends and family. Teamwork is crucial to solve the puz…
8. 2354 S Blue Island Ave
8. 2354 S Blue Island Ave
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3 local reviews
2354 S Blue Island Ave, Chicago
Street address
Amanda
In the alleyway behind Fernandez Auto Glass you will find some highly skilled, beautifully executed graffiti. …
8. 2354 S Blue Island Ave
8. 2354 S Blue Island Ave
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3 local reviews
2354 S Blue Island Ave, Chicago
Amanda
Amanda
In the alleyway behind Fernandez Auto Glass you will find some highly skilled, beautifully executed graffiti. Make this a daytime activity.
9. Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
9. Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
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4 local reviews
915 E 60th St, Chicago
Open · Closes 10:00 PM
+1 773-702-2787
Art galleryCafePoint of interest
Kenneth
One of the largest arts centers in the area, with Theatre, Symphony and other activities. See arts.uchicago…
Gregory
Plenty of programs and activities are happening throughout the year at the Logan Center for the Arts.
9. Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
9. Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
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4 local reviews
915 E 60th St, Chicago
Open · Closes 10:00 PM
+1 773-702-2787
Kenneth
Kenneth
One of the largest arts centers in the area, with Theatre, Symphony and other activities. See arts.uchicago.edu
Gregory
Gregory
Plenty of programs and activities are happening throughout the year at the Logan Center for the Arts.
10. North Avenue Beach
10. North Avenue Beach
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144 local reviews
1600 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago
Closed · Opens Sunday 11:00 AM
+1 773-363-2223
Natural featurePoint of interestEstablishment
Lindsay
This is one of the most popular beach spots in Chicago. In the spring and summer there is usually a lot of act…
Allison
Very lively crowded beach during the summer with lots of beach volleyball and other activities.
Dan
If you are looking for a high activity beach with volleyball and a crowd, this is your beach.
10. North Avenue Beach
10. North Avenue Beach
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144 local reviews
1600 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago
Closed · Opens Sunday 11:00 AM
+1 773-363-2223
Lindsay
Lindsay
This is one of the most popular beach spots in Chicago. In the spring and summer there is usually a lot of activity on the sunny (and even n…
Allison
Allison
Very lively crowded beach during the summer with lots of beach volleyball and other activities.
Dan
Dan
If you are looking for a high activity beach with volleyball and a crowd, this is your beach.
11. Garfield Park Conservatory
11. Garfield Park Conservatory
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115 local reviews
300 N Central Park Ave, Chicago
Closed · Opens Sunday 9:00 AM
+1 312-746-5100
ParkPoint of interestEstablishment
Kelsey And Jean
My sister-in-law who is a Chicago resident recommend that my wife and I visit the Conservatory while we were i…
Julia And Charlie
If it's cold outside this place will warm you up and transport you somewhere tropical. Super romantic, great f…
11. Garfield Park Conservatory
11. Garfield Park Conservatory
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115 local reviews
300 N Central Park Ave, Chicago
Closed · Opens Sunday 9:00 AM
+1 312-746-5100
Kelsey And Jean
Kelsey And Jean
My sister-in-law who is a Chicago resident recommend that my wife and I visit the Conservatory while we were in town to see Hamilton, and we…
Julia And Charlie
Julia And Charlie
If it's cold outside this place will warm you up and transport you somewhere tropical. Super romantic, great for the littles - they will be …
12. Adler Planetarium
12. Adler Planetarium
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151 local reviews
1300 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago
Closed · Opens Sunday 9:30 AM
+1 312-922-7827
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Kate And James
Highly recommend Adler After Dark. This monthly evening hour event (for $12) is a fun group activity. Look at …
Chris
Another great indoor activity for those rainy/snowy days.
12. Adler Planetarium
12. Adler Planetarium
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151 local reviews
1300 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago
Closed · Opens Sunday 9:30 AM
+1 312-922-7827
Kate And James
Kate And James
Highly recommend Adler After Dark. This monthly evening hour event (for $12) is a fun group activity. Look at sunspots and planets via teles…
Chris
Chris
Another great indoor activity for those rainy/snowy days.