Chicago O’Hare Airport is the primary airport serving the Chicago area. With excellent road links from the airport to the city and alternative locations in the great lakes area; a hire car is the ideal way to visit the local sights and attractions.
Sightseeing in Chicago
With a number of museums and art galleries in and around Chicago, there’s no shortage of culture to soak up. The Art Institute of Chicago is an encyclopedic art museum in Chicago's Grant Park and features a collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art in its permanent collection.
The Field Museum of Natural History is located on Lake Shore Drive next to Lake Michigan. Why not visit The Museum of Science and Industry? It is situated in Jackson Park between Lake Michigan and The University of Chicago and is also worth a visit.
The Shedd Aquarium is home to more than 8,000 aquatic animals from over 1,500 species including beluga whales, caiman, and lionfish. Alternatively, Millennium Park is located in the Loop community area. Walk through and see the gardens, art exhibits and any one of the many shows and performances that occur here.
For sports fans, there is plenty of choice when it comes to catching a game. Head to Wrigley Field to see the Major League Baseball’s Chicago Cubs. Alternatively, visit the United Centre, which is home to basketball’s Chicago Bulls and to the ice hockey team the Chicago Blackhawks. You could also book a seat at The Soldier Field and watch the Chicago Bears battle it out in a game of American Football.
Another idea worth considering is going to the Adler Planetarium. This is a planetarium and astronomy museum. It was the first planetarium to be built in the Western Hemisphere and is the oldest in existence today. Visit Lincoln Park Zoo which is one of the oldest zoos in America. It has over 1,250 animals on show from big cats to bears and gorillas.
Day Trips From Chicago
Davenport is a city located along the Mississippi River. It is a short drive from Chicago by taking interstate 80 or 88 westwards from Chicago. With a number of nearby museums, parks, golf courses and scenic countryside, a trip here is certainly worth making.
Bloomington is found to the south west of Chicago with the most direct route being interstate 55. Attractions include The Pepsi Centre, an indoor ice skating rink, Miller Park Zoo and the Upper Limits Indoor Rock Climbing Gym.
Milwaukee offers a melting pot of cuisines that include German, Italian, Russian, Hmong, French, Serbian, Polish, Thai, Japanese, Chinese, Mexican, Indian, Korean, Vietnamese, Turkish, Middle Eastern and Ethiopian style dishes. Enjoy the wide range of food choices from street vendors to lavish restaurants.
Explore some of the major attractions at Milwaukee including the Milwaukee County Zoo set over 200 acres, the Harley-Davidson Museum, Bay Beach Amusement Park and Southridge Mall.
Hire a car and follow Interstate 65 south and you will come to Indianapolis, the state city of Indiana. There are a variety of restaurants, museums, parks and shopping malls on offer whilst in Indianapolis. Catch an Indianapolis Colts American football game or watch a race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.