Attractions

Top Choice Waterfront in Near North & Navy Pier

Navy Pier

Half-mile-long Navy Pier is one of Chicago's most-visited attractions, sporting a 196ft Ferris wheel and other carnival rides ($6 to $15 each), an IMAX theater, a beer garden and lots of chain restaurants. Locals gr…
Museum in Near North & Navy Pier

Chicago Children's Museum

Designed to challenge the imaginations of toddlers to 10-year-olds, this colorful museum near Navy Pier's main entrance gives young visitors enough hands-on exhibits to keep them climbing and creating for hours. Amo…
Architecture in Near North & Navy Pier

Tribune Tower

Take a close look when passing by this 1925 neo-Gothic edifice. Colonel Robert McCormick, eccentric owner of the Chicago Tribune in the early 1900s, collected – and asked his reporters to send – rocks from famous bu…
Area in Near North & Navy Pier

Magnificent Mile

Spanning Michigan Ave between the river and Oak St, the Mag Mile is Chicago's much-touted upscale shopping strip, where Bloomingdale's, Apple, Burberry and many more will lighten your wallet. The retailers are mostl…
Architecture in Near North & Navy Pier

Wrigley Building

The Wrigley Building glows as white as the Doublemint Twins’ teeth, day or night. Chewing-gum guy William Wrigley built it that way on purpose, because he wanted it to be attention-grabbing like a billboard. More th…
Museum in Near North & Navy Pier

Driehaus Museum

Set in the exquisite Nickerson Mansion, the Driehaus immerses visitors in Gilded Age decorative arts and architecture. You'll feel like a Great Gatsby character as you wander three floors stuffed with sumptuous obje…
Architecture in Near North & Navy Pier

Marina City

For bit of fun, check out the twin corncob towers of the 1964 Marina City. Bertrand Goldberg designed the futuristic high-rise, and it has become an iconic part of the Chicago skyline (check out the cover of the Wil…
Church in Near North & Navy Pier

Holy Name Cathedral

Holy Name Cathedral is the seat of Chicago’s Catholic Church and where its powerful cardinals do their preaching. It provides a quiet place for contemplation, unless the excellent choirs are practicing, in which cas…
Notable Building in Near North & Navy Pier

Merchandise Mart

The Merchandise Mart is the world’s largest commercial building and largest LEED-certified building (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design; silver status, thanks in part to a hefty thermal storage facility).…
Library in Near North & Navy Pier

Poetry Foundation

This odd, mod building is where Poetry magazine is published. The reading room makes a nice refuge from inclement weather. Pop in and grab a book or journal to read on the low-slung couches. Well-known poets do read…