Fathom Favorites : Chicago Sites

1. Lakefront Trail

The big surprise about Chicago is how much waterfront it has. On foot or on a rented bike, the 18-mile Lakefront Trail is the best way to experience the beaches, parks, and sites like Soldier Field and Navy Pier along Lake Michigan. 


Lake Michigan & Congress Pkwy.
Chicago, IL

2. Second City

When your alumni roster includes Steve Carrell, Stephen Colbert, Mike Meyers, and Tina Fey – the new kids compared to John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd -- you can call yourself the world’s best comedy club. Sketch and improv with heavy audience participation are the focus of the daily performances.

1616 N. Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60614

3. Architectural Boat Tour

This is a city rightly famous for its magnificent buildings. The most interesting way to see them and learn their history is on a Chicago Architecture Foundation river cruise. Offered daily from Spring through Fall


224 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60604

4. Millennium Park

A massive outdoor architectural wonderland next door to the Art Institute that draws everyone for the Crown Fountain’s video images of locals, concerts at the Frank Gehry-designed Jay Pritzker Pavillion, and Anish Kapoor’s massive bean-like sculpture Cloud Gate.


201 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60602

5. Siskel Film Center

The cinema affiliated with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago is the city’s premier showcase for the best indie, international, and classical film. Programs include annual film festivals, lectures, and multimedia exhibitions. 

164 N. State St.
Chicago, IL 60601

6. Art Institute of Chicago

Chicago is rich with museums, but the Art Institute is a favorite for its little-known and wildly popular masterpieces, remarkable photography exhibits, and the gorgeous new modern wing. The museum shop is terrific, and gorgeous Terzo Piano restaurant on the rooftop has Millenium Park views.


111 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60603