Chicago, also known as Chi-town, the City of Big Shoulders, and The Windy City, may very well have it all. From theater, live music, and culture, to historic attractions and architecture, sporting events, and a whole lot of really good food, we’re pretty sure a honeymoon in Chicago can keep you and your love on your feet and enamored with the city’s charm any time of the year. And, among the combination of 19th and 20th century public spaces and 21st century attractions, we’ve got just the event and attraction roundup to get your agenda started.
Whether you choose to begin your tour of the city inside one of its numerous museums or institutes, or outside strolling through the exceptionally green Millennium Park is entirely up to you. But we think that at some point you should make your way to one or two of the city’s retail hot spots. State Street and Michigan Avenue are two main shopping districts, while Oak Street is just off Michigan and well-known for its designer-label shops and people-watching alike.
If the city’s structures are calling your names, head to the Chicago Architecture Foundation to choose among several options for a tour of historic buildings and public places. Don’t forget to make your way to the top of the John Hancock Center or Sears Tower – we recommend a post-sunset adventure to the upper floors for a seriously incredible view of the city lights. Make sure you don’t miss Buckingham Fountain’s music and lights show. Located in Grant Park, the fountain is one of the largest in the world and romantic by day and night alike.
Arts and culture – both live and carefully kept in a museum – are spread all across Chicago’s streets. The Art Institute of Chicago is a unique combination of accredited school and world-class art museum, while the Shedd Aquarium is the largest indoor aquarium in the world and sports a direct view of Lake Michigan. Right around the corner are the Field Museum of Natural History and the nation’s first planetarium, the Adler Planetarium, where you can take a closer look at the stars. Meanwhile, Chicago is home to more than 200 internationally-acclaimed theaters and institutions, and the live music scene – with an emphasis on the blues – is here to stay. Check out the Kingstone Mines for some of the city’s best blues sets.