Chicago is a city that pretty much has it all. Fabulous architecture, amazing food, world class shopping and fascinating museums. There should be something to please anyone about a trip to Chicago.

The Sears Tower SkyDeck is an amazing place to visit, as long as you are not too scared of heights. The deck, which is located on the 103rd floor of America’s tallest building, affords a view of Michigan, Wisconsin and Indiana on a clear day. There are also a number of interactive exhibits that detail a number of famous Chicagoans. One amusing one is Knee High Chicago, a mini Chicago that is full of representations of Chicago history.

The Magnificent Mile makes for great shopping. Located on the upscale Michigan Avenue you can find a high concentration of department stores, boutiques and exclusive little shops. Best of all they are all in vertical malls, so you can shop till you drop without having to ever venture outside, which is especially helpful if you are visiting Chicago in the wintertime.

A fun day can be had by the whole family at the Navy Pier. There is another mall to shop at, an IMAX theater, indoor mini golf and the Chicago Children’s Museum. There are a number of rides along the pier itself including a 3-D one that whizzes riders through realistic scenes from all over the city.

Chicago is home to a great number of fascinating museums. The Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum is the oldest planetarium in the country, but its exhibits still fascinate most people, young or old. At the Museum of Science and Industry you can actually travel an elevator down to a real life coal mine or explore the caves of the human heart. It is a very unusual museum that should not be missed. The Field Museum has an amazing collection of paleontological artifacts and is home to the Sue, a giant T-Rex.

Chicago boasts great art too. The best collection assembled of impressionist and post impressionist art is housed at The Art Institute of Chicago, including all those pictures you may have seen on postcards, like Nighthawks and American Gothic.

It's hard to think of talking about Chicago without mentioning the Blues. Explore both the North and South side clubs for the very sound that was made so very popular by the musicians of Chicago. The Chicago Blues Festival, which occurs annually in June, is a great event.

Chicago was the home of and inspiration for Frank Lloyd Wright and the city has many great examples of his work. One of the best examples of his work in Chicago is the Robie House in Hyde Park, which does open to the public for daily tours. 

On whatever scale you judge a certain city’s dining scene, whether it is by ethnic diversity or the number of world class chefs, Chicago ranks as one of the USA’s best restaurant towns. There are more than 7,000 restaurants in Chicago, one to suit every taste, as well as every pocketbook.