If you live in Chicago, you know it's that time of year. It's time to entertain visitors. Chicago is a great place to visit in the summer. We have the lake, two professional baseball teams, the Magnificent Mile and loads of museums. That's just scraping the surface. With so many options for things to do in Chicago, it makes me wonder: What would you do if you could visit Chicago for one summer day? Here are some options to consider:
1. Enjoy the lake. You can easily fill a day enjoying the lake. For 35 dollars ($17 if you caught the Groupon), you can take a guided bike tour of the lakefront. The lake also has numerous beaches: some charge for access, others don't. You can also take a lakefront cruise, sipping champagne and enjoying the warm breeze. Afterwards, you can walk along Navy Pier, and of course, there's no charge for walking.
2. Explore downtown. The Magnificent Mile is... well... magnificent. There are all sorts of high-end stores and boutiques. And, you don't have to spend money to have a good time. It's fun to go around looking at art galleries and marveling at the high price tags on particular pieces. You can also shop at Macy*s, Bloomingdales, and Nordstrom while you're at it. A last, highly-recommended attraction is the John Hancock Tower. They have an observatory that costs $12, but the Lounge on the 95th floor of the Hancock has the same view (albeit behind glass) and you get to enjoy it while sipping a drink for the same $12.
3. Go to the ballpark. Of course, Chicago has the Cubs and the White Sox. On many summer days, you have a choice between watching a Cubs game at historic Wrigley field versus watching the southside Sox at much-newer U.S. Cellular field. Cubs games are a little more expensive, but both teams are fun to watch. There's nothing like having a loaded Chicago-style hot dog while watching some afternoon baseball.
4. Explore the museums. You can fill an entire week with all of the museums Chicago has to offer. At the Museum of Science and Industry, you can tour a real-life German U-Boat, which was captured during WWII. There's also the Adler Planetarium and the Shedd Aquarium, which are great places for kids. I would be doing Chicago museums a disservice for not mentioning the Art Institute and the Museum of Contemporary Art. Our current neighborhood of Hyde Park has about 10 museums in addition to the Museum of Science and Industry.
There are lots of other things to do in Chicago, but it would take an entire travel brochure to mention them all. This week's question of the week asks you to select among the four options I listed. Even if you live in Chicago, pick your favorite attraction. I'd be interested to see what Chicago attractions are most popular.
The poll is open for a week, so please vote early, vote often, encourage your friends to vote and encourage your visitors to vote. The poll will close at 1 pm Chicago time on 20 June 2009.