Chicago is one of the most well-known cities in the U.S., and for a good reason! It’s the Midwest’s answer to New York City, and while slightly smaller, there are no less popular attractions, one of kind things to do and see, and experiences you’ll never forget. When it comes to spending a day in the Windy City, you’ll be filled with activities from early morning to late at night.

What To See

Chicago has some incredible tourist attractions that are an absolute must-see for anyone coming into the city for the first time. The Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) is America’s tallest building, and you can go right up to the top! Over the past few years, there has been a glass structure installed on the tower, allowing visitors to take a step out of the 103rd floor to grab a breathtaking view of the city. If you’re afraid of heights, it’s an excellent way to conquer those fears and see something truly incredible.

Navy Pier is a great place to stop for a day of fun. From shops, restaurants, and even rides, kids and adults alike will love taking a stroll along the side of the lake for a bit of old-fashioned fun that will make you appreciate the beauty and majesty of Lake Michigan.

Speaking of all ages, Chicago is a great place for families to come together for entertainment and education alike. Thanks to incredible places like the Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum of Natural History, and Adler Planetarium, there’s never a shortage of things to see and learn. The best part? These three fantastic resources are extremely close to each other, so you could visit all two, or maybe even three, in just one day!

Where To Eat/Drink

With all of that exploring and walking, you’re going to need to refuel. Luckily, Chicago has some of the most notable dishes in the country. What comes to your mind when you first think about Chicago food? Pizza.

Chicago is known for its unique deep-dish style pizza, and while there is a constant debate between Chicagoans as to who makes it better, some of the most popular locations for the deep dish are Giordano’s and Lou Malnati’s. Be prepared for pizza that can fill you up after just one slice! Other Chicago traditions include traditional Italian beef sandwiches, and of course the infamous ‘Chicago dog,’ that’s topped with yellow mustard, onions, bright green relish, tomato slices, a dill pickle spear, sports peppers, and celery salt in a signature poppy seed bun. It’s traditional Chicago street food you have to sink your teeth into.

Craving something sweet? Chicago has recently been dubbed the ‘donut capital of the country,’ so try a few donut hot spots like Doughnut Vault or Do-Rite Donuts.

Relax, and Enjoy!

Chicago has no shortage of entertainment, from clubs that feature local musical artists every night, to wonderful concert venues, and of course, popular sports teams, you’ll find something to do no matter when you arrive. Take in a Cubs game, or enjoy watching the Blackhawks take the ice. Chicago is a city rich with sports history.

No matter how you choose to spend a day in Chicago, you’ll be happily busy and pleasantly surprised at how friendly the people of Illinois are, and how happy they’ll be to have you as a part of their city, even for just one day.