Wrigley Field#16 in Best Things To Do in Chicago
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. Visit the MLB website for more information about Wrigley Field.
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#1 Millennium Park
A first-time visit to Chicago isn't complete without a stop at Millennium Park. Situated in the Loop just north of the Art Institute of Chicago, this 24.5-acre space is used to showcase cutting-edge art, architecture and landscaping; it also acts as a backdrop for concerts and festivals. Most visitors come to Millennium Park to see the Crown Fountain and Cloud Gate, better known as "The Bean." Designed by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa, the Crown Fountain features two 50-foot towers that face each other at opposite ends of a shallow reflecting pool. The towers' LED screens project the faces of 1,000 different Chicago residents, which are perfectly aligned with spouts so that it appears they are spitting water on passersby. Cloud Gate – created by British artist Anish Kapoor – is a 110-ton bean-shaped sculpture forged from stainless steel. The Bean's elliptical shape reflects the Chicago skyline.
There are plenty of other reasons to visit Millennium Park: You can see a concert at the Frank Gehry-designed Jay Pritzker Pavilion, stroll through the Lurie Garden or the Boeing Galleries (where contemporary sculpture is displayed outdoors), or sign up for a Segway tour at the McDonald's Cycle Center.
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