Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport was ranked as the second busiest international airport in the United States for 2016. So with all these people flying into Chicago, there must be some pretty cool stuff to do. Right? The answer, of course, is yes. So much to do. What are the top things to do in Chicago if you’re in for a visit?
Watch a Game
One of the undeniable joys of Chicago’s big city stature is that it boasts an array of pro sports clubs that offer fans a chance to catch live action all year round. The Chicago Cubs clinched their long-awaited World Series title in 2016, but the club’s home field has been a crown jewel of the city for many decades. Wrigley Field is such an iconic ballpark that it’s actually listed on the national register of historic places. Landmark status for the “Friendly Confines” makes it a must-see if you happen to come through Chicago during the baseball season. In the winter and spring, the United Center rocks with the homecrowd fans cheering on the Blackhawks, one of the NHL’s original six franchises, and the Bulls call the UC home as well.
Laugh Your Ass Off
Second City comedy troupe got its start in Chicago before opening up another theater across the border in Canada. This international comedy icon has launched the careers of too many legendary performers to count. The venue in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood features multiple stages that showcase all different levels of experience in the improv and sketch comedy scene, so you can catch a glimpse of a rising star as they slay their way to national comedic stature.
Look Up, then Get Down
If you make it to Chicago while the city’s namesake river is still navigable (read: not frozen over), you definitely owe it to yourself to hop on an architectural cruise. Snake your way through the heart of the city on the river cruise and take in the tremendous icons of Chicago’s architectural collection. Learn about the history of the city, get a glimpse of the future as well. After you wrap up your cruise, disembark the boat and stop over at AceBounce for a game or two of ping pong. The massive ping pong playground is located just south of the Chicago River at the corner of Clark Street and Wacker Drive.