The Best Outdoor Attractions in Chicago

April 23, 2013

Chicago things to doWith the weather in Chicago finally turning pleasantly warm, residents and visitors alike are beginning to venture outside and enjoy all that the city has to offer. However, with the myriad of attractions that Chicago is home to, it can sometimes be overwhelming to try and decide exactly what to do. To help make the choice a little easier, Chicago Real Estate Forum has narrowed down the list for you. Whether you own your own little bit of Chicago real estate and want a ‘staycation’ or you’re visiting the city for the first time, these are a few of the things you just can’t miss.

  • Millennium Park – Located right in the middle of the city, Millennium Park is home to the Cloud Gate (also known as “The Bean”), the Crown Fountain, which showcases thousands of faces of Chicago residents every hour, as well as the Lurie Garden and a theater. The park is free to visitors and is located at 201 E. Randolph Street.
  • Lincoln Park ZooLincoln Park Zoo, which is open every day of the year, is considered to be one of Chicago’s most beloved treasures, and is a favorite for children of all ages. The zoo is home to a wide range of species and features a petting zoo for children. You can also find the Conservation Station here, which has hands-on demonstrations about the different animals in the zoo. The zoo offers free admission, and is located at 2200 N. Cannon Drive.
  • The Magnificent Mile – This stretch of Michigan Avenue appeals to both shoppers and architects alike. The Magnificent Mile is home to large retailers and small boutiques, and features many unique styles of buildings all within the same block. This area of Michigan Avenue is also home to some of the best restaurants and hotels in Chicago.
  • Wrigley Field – It goes without saying that seeing the Cubs play in Wrigley Field is one of the top outdoor activities for both residents and visitors to Chicago. If you’re not in the city on a game day, you can still experience the sights and history of Wrigley by taking a ballpark tour for $25. Game tickets and schedules can be found on the Chicago Cubs’ official website. Wrigley Field is located at 1060 W. Addison Street.
  • John Hancock Observatory – This lesser-known observation point, which is located on the Magnificent Mile, boats a spectacular birds-eye view of the city and doesn’t come with the usual crowds that can be found at the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower). The observatory is located at the top of the John Hancock Center, located at 875 N. Michigan Avenue.
  • Navy Pier – This small amusement park, located along Lake Michigan in Near North, was originally used as a Navy training center in World War II. Now a favorite for children, the park has palm trees, fountains and carnival rides. It is also home to the Chicago Children’s Museum, an IMAX Theatre and the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. The park is free to the public, and is located at 600 E. Grand Avenue.
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Mitch Levinson is the author of “Internet Marketing: The Key to Increased New Home Sales” published by BuilderBooks. He is an Internet marketing expert with expertise in search engine optimization, website development, email marketing, social media and CRM consulting services. He is known for creating effective programs that can be tracked through analytics to prove effectiveness and ROI. Mitch is founder and president of MLC New Home Marketing and MLC FlatFee Realty, as well as managing partner of mRELEVANCE, LLC, a Marketing, Communication, Interactive agency with offices in Chicago and Atlanta. He currently leads the Chicago team. A Multi-Million Dollar Sales Producer who earned an MBA in Computer Information Systems and eCommerce, he brings a unique perspective and experience to the field of real estate communications. Mitch combines the two interests in order to help home builders and developers gain a competitive advantage through the Internet and technology. When he isn’t behind a computer, he enjoys participating in sports and coaching his kids’ teams. Mitch resides in Arlington Heights, Ill., a northwest suburb of Chicago, with his family, which includes two rambunctious labs. Visit my Google+ profile.

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