Chicago: 5 great ways to play in the Windy City

Chicago: 5 great ways to play in the Windy City

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Chicago, nicknamed the ‘Windy City’, has so much to offer its visitors. There are outdoor activities, historical attractions and food and shopping tours to keep you occupied.

Hire a car from Chicago Airport and discover these five great ways to play.

Bike and Brew Tour Explore Chicago’s unique breweries with a scenic bike ride along the city’s famous Lakefront Trail. Sample food and some of the best beer as you visit the Chinatown and Pilsen neighbourhoods. Your local guide teaches you about Chicago’s beer scene and its long brewing history. This ride is not only educational, but it’s also a lot of fun.

Navy Pier Chicago’s famous Navy Pier has a long and fascinating history. It opened to the public in 1916 as a dock for freights and a public event venue. In World War Two, the site transformed into a Navy training centre. Today the ‘People’s Pier’ is a great entertainment venue and vantage point to admire the city’s skyline. Some of the main attractions include the 4000 square feet of tunnel inside the Amazing Chicago’s Funhouse Maze. There’s also theme park rides, a children’s museum and a large, lush botanical garden.

Chicago Crime Tours The Windy City has been home to some of America’s most famous criminals and gangsters. Explore this underworld with a sightseeing tour. An experienced guide takes you to the sites of some of the most horrific crimes from the 19th century through to recent times. Learn about the devastating St Valentine’s Day Massacre, The Untouchables or The Chicago Mob. This tour will keep you on the edge.

1893 World’s Fair Walking Tour The Chicago World’s Far was originally held to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the New World. Today, the very site where it was held has become one of the city’s key attractions. A walking tour takes you back in time as you learn about entertaining and unusual facts about the event. Delve into the games, food, drink, architecture and entertainment that brought the city to life.

Tall Ship Windy The Windy City is home to is very own Tall Ship Windy. The majestic 148-foot vessel represents the Golden Age of Sail. Jump onboard for a sailing adventure and prepare to be mesmerised by its character and charm. You can even join in with raising the sail and relaying orders. Prepare to be inspired as you admire the city skyline while learning a thing or two about sailing.


Brianna Piazza

Brianna Piazza

Brianna Piazza is an Australian television reporter and part-time travel blogger. Originally from Melbourne, she's currently living in Cairns where she works for WIN News and spends her weekends exploring the outdoors Far North Queensland.

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