Chicago Tourism Attractions

Chicago Tourism Attractions
Buckingham Fountain, Lake Michigan, Magnificent Mile ... these are things you think of when someone mentions Chicago. Chicago is more than buildings and food. There are also great outdoors activities for you and your family.

What to Wear

Bring extra layers of clothes if you're touring Chicago in the winter as winter highs only average 32 degrees. Summer months average highs of 85 degrees, so shorts, T-shirts and sandals are appropriate.

Family Friendly Activities

Go to Lincoln Park Zoo on Chicago's North Side for free fun for the family. Next door to the zoo is the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and great bike riding opportunities along Chicago's Lakefront.

Sports Fanatics

Oak Street Beach is great in the summer months for volleyball, jogging and walking along Lake Michigan.

Park Enthusiasts

Rollerblade circles around the trees, play tennis, shoot hoops or swing on the swings in the neighborhood parks. Grant Park is Chicago's biggest park and best for rollerblading, walking and taking in sights of downtown and the lake.

Water Lovers

Free swimming is available at all beaches during beach season, which is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Lifeguards are on duty unless otherwise noted. If you enjoy jet skiing, rent jet skis from Windy City Watersports at Montrose Beach, located at 200 W. Montrose Harbor on Chicago's North Side.

Winter Activities

Chicago's Millennium Park offers free ice skating, with skating rental for $10 from November 18 until March 14, depending on weather conditions. The ice rink can be found on Michigan Avenue between Washington and Madison Streets.

Article Written By Tim Searles

Tim Searles is a writer and web developer. He has worked in web development since 1999, and his writing career began with poetry. He has been published with eHow, Trails Travels, and Associated Content. He has a Bachelor of Science in computer science from Northwestern University and a Master of Arts in business from Columbia College Chicago.

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