Posted on Dec 16, 2014
December Members’ Perspective: Best Chicagoland Tourist Spots

From the Museum Campus to the 96th floor of the John Hancock building, there is so much to do in the Chicagoland area. Whether you have family and friends in town for the holidays or you’re daydreaming of a warm summer day, take a look at some of our favorite tourist spots around town.

John Friedman / Northern Container

1. Chicago lakefront via Segway tour: On a beautiful day this experience along the lakefront through Millennium Park will be a lifetime memory. 2. A museum tour of the Art Institute and the Museum of Contemporary Art shows new world-class collections along with old collections of some of the finest art in the world. 3. The Chicago Architecture Tour by boat is one of the best attractions in Chicago.

Vickie Reilly / Reilly International

The lakefront is just beautiful. Buckingham Fountain – I have fond memories there as a child. And finally, Lincoln Park Zoo – I just love the polar bears!

Joe Krusinski III / Krusinski Construction Company

The Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, and Chicago Botanical Gardens. I don’t think they require an explanation as to how they made the list. They are all great places. Whenever I find myself there, more than likely with an out-of-state traveler, I always wonder why we don’t visit more often.

Rudy Valenta / Valtech LLC

1. Cloud Gate – who doesn’t like the Bean? It looks great in every season that Chicago has to offer. 2. Twin Anchors. Best ribs in the city and also my dad’s favorite place to eat. Has been in many movies, located right in Old Town off the El. 3. Second City – where all the famous Chicago comedians come from. Go see them when they are back in town or see the up-and-coming ones before they are famous on SNL.

Brian McIlwee / McIlwee Millwork

Go two miles from downtown Chicago on Lake Michigan after sunset.

Deanna Salo / Cray Kaiser, Ltd.

Morton Arboretum in Glen Ellyn, IL. There are beautiful walking trails, flowers, landscaping – a great place to take a long walk for deep thinking.

AJ Jania / Diamond Envelope Corporation

Graham’s Fine Chocolates and Ice Cream in Geneva, Illinois

Bob Stahurski / Nyco Products

I always enjoy taking people to the Rooftops at Wrigley Field. Nothing quite like it anywhere else.

Mary Deibert / KIARA

Maya del Sol restaurant has a quaint outside sitting area – the food is wonderful and they even heat up blankets for you to put over your shoulders when the nights are cool in the spring and fall.

Michael Nitti / Isola Imports

Randolph Street, Michigan Avenue, Kingston Mines…all for the entertainment and food.

Shea Roche / Carbit Paint

In the city, visit Second City. In the suburbs, visit the Frank Lloyd Wright Studio.

Jay Smith / William V. MacGill

The Hancock Tower Observatory is so much better than Willis Tower.

Brent Ogle

I love the architectural tours around downtown. I like listening to the stories about the famous buildings. There is some architecture and also some great history.

Alan Jania / Diamond Envelope Corporation

Michigan Avenue is the best area in the world – second to none!

Darrin Shallcross / Shallcross Financial Planning

Al’s Beef and Mario’s Ice on Taylor Street

Mike Moran / American Chartered Bank

Drinks on the 96th floor of the Hancock.

Jim Buik / Roscoe Company

Riding bikes along the lakefront.

Don Wallin / Joule Technologies

Jazz Showcase on 806 S. Plymouth Court in Chicago.

Art Lukowski / Oil Express

Shedd Aquarium patio has the best view of the Chicago skyline.

Anton Gfesser / Trendler

Drive up Lake Shore Drive early on a summer Sunday morning in an open top vehicle or motorcycle.

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