During my trip to Chicago, I made sure to have a free day where I could explore the city’s culture and art scene. The first stop is a hidden gem that is not typically on everyone’s top of to-do when in Chicago: the Chicago Cultural Center.
Drawn by its beauty and the fabulous free public events, hundreds of thousands of visitors come to the Chicago Cultural Center. The stunning landmark building is home to two magnificent stained-glass domes, as well as free music, dance and theater events, films, lectures, art exhibitions and family events. This place was simply breathtaking.
Afterwards, no visit to Chicago is complete without a stroll through Michigan Avenue and a stop at the Bean. It was around 18 degrees that day, so there was no tourist in sight – which means perfect for pictures!
Next up is The Field Museum. Be sure to say hi to Sue, the largest T.Rex ever discovered. There’s so many exhibits, that this place could easily take up your entire day. Among my favorites in this place, the Filipino art exhibit, and the Ancient Egypt exhibit.
And since it’s winter, a visit to the Christkindlemarkt is a must! Yes, it’s freezing, but you can quickly grab a warm cup of hot cocoa or apple cider to warm you up. Be sure to try the German sausages or potato pancakes before heading over to the many outdoor shops and if you do get cold, there’s a bunch of indoor shops with beautiful hand crafted ornaments and items. I caved in and bought an old fashion clock from Austria that comes with a key and you have to turn it every so often to make it work. Make sure to purchase the highly coveted mugs!