6 uniquely Chicago experiences you don't want to miss

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Chicago in winter

Chicago. Between the museums, the architecture and the cornucopia of gastronomical options, there are so many things to do and see in the Windy City that it can be hard to narrow it down.

Whether you're a lifelong native or visiting for the first time, here are six Chicago attractions you don't want to miss this winter.

Strap on some skates and navigate through the Skating Ribbon at Maggie Daley Park

Chicago Park District/Digitas

In Chicago, you don't just skate around in circles, you skate along a winding path that shows off Chicago's incredible and diverse architecture. The Maggie Daley Park Skating Ribbon was a hit in its premiere season in 2014 and is open until March! Download the My Chi Parks app year-round events.

Test your nerves at The Skydeck at Willis Tower

Willis Tower

Adrenaline junkies, you'll never know how badly you wanted to see what it's like to have ant-like cars dance a quarter-mile below your feet until you've tried it. Willis Tower may be the second tallest building in the United States, but the ledge atop the Willis Tower is an attraction in and of itself.

Find your new favorite pizzeria on a Chicago Pizza Tour

Lou Malnati's
Steve Dolinsky

A hearty slice of pizza is the perfect way to warm up during the winter, but Chicago has so many good pizza places that it would be cruel to ask someone to pick their favorite. So it's no wonder the highest rated pizza on Yelp is actually Chicago Pizza Tours.

Awaken your imagination by catching a Blue Man Group show

Blue Man Group

You've never seen music, comedy and technology fused together quite like this. If you're looking for an attraction that as unique as the city itself, try the Blue Man Group.

Indulge your culinary cravings at Eataly

It's a restaurant. No, it's a food court. No, it's a food mall. However you want to classify Eataly, you won't leave with an empty stomach after meandering through the specialty food megastore.

Indulge your inner art critic at the Art Institute of Chicago


A true Chicagoan knows that the city has one of the best selections of museums in the world, but the Art Institute is the most iconic. Known by many as one of the stops for Ferris, Cameron and Sloane in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, it's been called "inspiring" and a "must-see" by countless visitors and is a great way to escape the cold while still enjoying something that is uniquely Chicago.