Chicago is the largest city in the U.S. state of Illinois, was founded on August 12, 1833. It is the third most populous city in the United States and the most populous city in the American Midwest, with approximately 2.7 million residents. In addition to free tourist attractions, there are also lot of interesting things to do in Chicago with your family or friends. Chicago is famous for farms and industrial areas are scattered, a strategic port on the Great Lakes, its position as the most important center of railway network in the northern U.S., and unflagging enthusiasm during the Great Fire of 1871. Also known by famous writers such as Saul Bellow, Gwendolyn Brooks, Carl Sandburg and Theodore Dreiser, as well as its world-class architecture produced masters such as Frank Lloyd Wright.
Here are 40+ things to do in Chicago:
1. Shedd Aquarium
Shedd Aquarium is an indoor public aquarium that opened on May 30, 1930. The aquarium contains over 25,000 fish, and was for some time the largest indoor aquarium in the world with 5,000,000 US gallons (19,000,000 l; 4,200,000 imp gal) of water. Shedd Aquarium was the first inland aquarium with a permanent saltwater fish collection. It is surrounded by Museum Campus Chicago, which it shares with the Adler Planetarium and the Field Museum of Natural History. The aquarium has 2 million annual visitors; it was the most visited aquarium in the U.S. in 2005, and in 2007, it surpassed the Field Museum as the most popular cultural attraction in Chicago. It contains 1500 species including fish, marine mammals, birds, snakes, amphibians, and insects. The aquarium received awards for best exhibit from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) for Seahorse Symphony in 1999, Amazon Rising in 2001, and Wild Reef in 2004.