- By kevin
- On May 18, 2018
- North America
- Travel Tips
If you'd rather travel in Chicago in depth by bus, you can take the bus from Chicago to DC to visit the city by our travel guides below, or you can also take the bus tours on the Globerouter.com website. Dive headfirst into all the city has to offer – from exceptional museums to a thriving sports culture and deep-dish pizza that takes delicious to whole new depths.
Places to visit in Chicago in Depth:
Any fan of "Saturday Night Live" knows that Chicagoans take their love of sports very seriously. So for a real taste of Chicago culture, head north of the Loop to Wrigley Field to see "da Cubs" play ball. History buffs will also appreciate this sports treasure, which was built in 1914 and holds the honor of being the second-oldest MLB ballpark in the country (after Fenway Park in Boston).
Those who have been to a game at Wrigley Field say that the experience is unforgettable – mostly because of the fans' enthusiasm (though the hot dogs also receive a thumbs-up). If you can't score game tickets, consider signing up for a guided tour of the ballpark. Basic tours cost $25 per person and last 75 to 90 minutes. Past travelers who have taken the tour described the experience as nostalgic, noting that they especially loved the stories the guides told about the teams and fans.
Tours are conducted most days starting in mid-May and going through the end of September; tour itineraries vary depending on whether or not there's a game scheduled for that day. Game ticket prices also vary, but especially since the Cubs won the World Series in 2016, tickets have been pretty pricey across the board. Once inside, visitors will have access to restrooms, concessions stands and merchandise booths. Parking is limited by the ballpark (which sits in the Wrigleyville part of Lakeview), so it's best to take the L to Addison. If you'd rather drive, you can park in the Cubs' free remote lot a few blocks to the west and use the ballpark's complimentary shuttle service.
Grant Park and Buckingham Fountain
Often referred to as "Chicago's front yard," Grant Park is a 319-acre swath of green space that starts at the eastern edge of the Loop and stretches down to the northern fringes of the Near South Side. First-time visitors should plan on spending a fair amount of time in Grant Park: This is where you'll find several of Chicago's most popular things to do, including The Field Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago and Shedd Aquarium. (Millennium Park also rubs elbows with the northwest corner of Grant Park.) Baseball diamonds, flower gardens, walking paths and wide-open grassy terrain are available as well.
At the heart of Grant Park is Buckingham Fountain. One of the largest fountains in the world, this tiered water feature boasts 133 jets that shoot water as high as 150 feet into the air during 20-minute choreographed displays (which take place every hour on the hour between 9 a.m. and 10:35 p.m. from April to October). At night, the fountain's performance is accompanied by lights and music.
Though some recent travelers said there was little to do in this park, many appreciated Grant Park's meticulously manicured grounds and superb views of downtown Chicago. Before you visit the park, be sure to check the Chicago Park District's website for events listings, since some festivals and concerts – such as Lollapalooza and Taste of Chicago, which take place here – cause crowds to swell and some areas to become restricted.
Grant Park is open to visitors every day from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Admission to the park and Buckingham Fountain are free, but select attractions within the park operate set hours and may charge entry fees. Some of the park's events and festivals also cost extra. Restrooms, grab-and-go eateries, a playground and a skate park are offered on-site, and during the winter, visitors can skate on the park's ice rink. Grant Park can be accessed from a variety of L train stops, including Monroe, Adams/Wabash, Jackson and Roosevelt – all lines except for the Yellow and Blue lines service one or more nearby stations. A few parking garages and limited street parking are available within walking distance.