Whenever we have out of town guests who want to tour Chicago, The John Hancock building is one of the places we take them to so they can see the wonderful view from one of the tallest building in the city. The view from here is incredible and the elevator ride to the 94th floor doesn't take very long even though it feels like a regular elevator ride.
I remember when my father used to take my brother and I to Wrigley Field as kids. It was such a great experience and I have gone back there with my husband to take our kids there so they too can experience such a historic landmark. Its a very nice ballpark and the fans that go there to watch to Cubs are the best. They are packed with energy and enthusiasm.
The Navy Pier is a lovely place to spend aday or even just an afternoon or evening with the entire family. Although it can be a bit expensive, there are a lot of activities to enjoy there. They have a Ferris wheel, miniature golf, rock climbing, a carousel and a giant rocking horse ride. They also have an IMAX theater if youre in the mood to watch a movie.
I used to shop a lot at the Chicago Ridge Mall when I lived in the area. Its a pretty nice mall, well kept and clean. They have a Carson, Sears and Kohls in addition to the smaller chain stores like Victorias Secret, Gap, Express. They also have a movie theater there that Ive watched movies at too.
I like shopping at the Lincolnwood Town Center because they have many of the stores that I like. They have a Victorias Secret, New York & Co., Carson, Kohls, Gap, Express, Childrens Place. There is free parking available and plenty of it if you shop during the week days. Theres even an Olive Garden and Red Lobster in addition to the food court vendors if you get hungry.
The Century Shopping Centre is okay. I dont really shop here much since its a much smaller mall and most of the time you would have to pay to park your car at the garage next door. They have Express, Victorias Secret, Bath & Body Works, Balleys a food court and a theater on the ground level.
My family likes to go to the Randhurst Shopping Center. Its a two level mall with Caron Pirie Scott as the major department store on one end and Costco Wholesale on the other. They have a nice childrens play area on the first level and upstairs is a lovely carousel that the kids like to ride whenever we are there.
PROS: Lots of stores, even a Costco
The Shedd Aquarium is in such a architecturally beautiful building with huge columns lining the front of the building. They have the best sealife exhibits that I know of in the Chicago area. My kids really enjoy looking in at all the different tanks that contain all these different seacreatures. They have a great blue iguana exhibit which are wonderful to see especially since they are an endangered species.
PROS: Beautiful buidling, wonderal exhibits
I remember going to the Adler Planetarium on school field trips as a kid. The have a really fantastic Milky Way there where you use 3-D glasses and you feel like you are actually out there in space. Their StarRider theater is really cool too where you get to experience a 3D interactive virtual reality.
My husband and I had gone to the Lakeshore Academy to check them out since we have been thinking about enrolling one of our kids for gymnastics classes. The lady on the phone we spoke with was very pleasant and made an appointment for us to view the facility and one of the classes. Their facility seems to be very nice and clean. Their prices too seem to be reasonable and the staff seem to be very pleasant and children-oriented.