Eager to experience the Windy City with the whole family? Have a cup of tea at the Drake Hotel’s Palm Court. There, Queen Elizabeth II, the Empress of Japan and Princess Diana were separately spotted sipping afternoon tea, and scenes from movies including “Risky Business,” “My Best Friend’s Wedding,” and “What Women Want” were filmed there.
Then, spend a day at the Lincoln Park Zoo. This admission-free zoo is open every day of the year and is home to creatures of all sizes. During the summer and fall, you can watch Zoovies on the gorgeous lawn, and during the colder months, enjoy the beautiful lights in what’s known as a real-life “Winter Wonderland.”
View Chicago’s architectural wonders such as the Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower), the Wrigley Building and the John Hancock Center from The Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise along the Chicago River. For a physical challenge, you can kayak the river, or if wheels are more your speed, opt for a Chicago Segway Tour.
Then, finish off a busy day with unique Chicago-Style Pizza at Giordano’s Pizzeria, where each pie is made with thick, deep-dish crust, sauce on the top and cheese throughout.