When my girlfriend and I started planning this trip we initially only pencilled in a few days in Chicago before catching the Californian Zephyr across country then after researching the city a bit more (our CSI:NY obsession helped too when Mac Taylor returned to his city!!) it was clear we needed extra time, so three days became eight. Chicago sits beside Lake Michigan and is known as "the Windy City" but this year it has seen a cold snap of epic scale in the form of a rare polar vortex, the lake is all but frozen, the beaches and roads covered with snow and temperatures as low as -25. We've arrived shortly after these events (but still very cold) and with this in mind we looked for tourist spots, specifically inside things to do and came across the "City Pass".
The Chicago City Pass is a must for anyone spending an adequate amount of time in the city, for $89 you get access to five attractions, two of which you have alternate choices/substitutes on (can replace with Adler Planetarium or Museum of Science and Industry), not only are you saving money (most attractions start approx. at $20 and rise to $35) you also go straight to any queue, which come summer months will be invaluable. Below are the attractions we visited:
The Field Museum: Opened in 1893, the Field Museum is one of the largest natural history museums in the world. Now, as an a chap from London who has had London's Natural History Museum on his door for much of his life I won't lie, for me it's not as grand or impressive however it is still very much worth a trip (imagine kids will love it), has some great exhibitions including (at time of writing) one about World Fair and how the museum came to be. The ticket comes with a 3D movie that explains the museums past and it's famous resident "Sue", the most complete T-Rex in the world and who doesn't like a dinosaur or two? Of course you do and upstairs is an abundance of them and it's all housed in a beautiful building right by the lake.