5 New Reasons to Explore Chicago
Take any of Amtrak's 11 trains that go to Chicago to see these five cool attractions! From either coast, we can help you experience all the Windy City has to offer. Plus our station even has its own Hollywood attraction to see. Check it out here!
1. Second City
You like Tina Fey and Steve Carell, right? Well, then you'll love the laugh factory they both graduated from in Chicago. Second City is one of the nation's most famous improv venues, and a night there will prove why. It's cranked out tons of famous comedians and every now and then they ask for audience involvement, giving you a chance to to prove you've got jokes, too!
2. Millennium Park
This is a destination made for Instagram! The 110-ton elliptical "bean" sculpture is made of a seamless series of highly polished stainless steel plates, and it makes for the perfect pic. There's also a music pavilion, Jun Kaneko's brightly colored ceramic sculptures (shown above) and a crazy water feature called the Crown Fountain. This video should give you a good idea of what you're in store for!
3. 24 Beach Locations
All 28 miles of Chicago lakefront are free and open to the public. FREE, PEOPLE! Just be sure to check the swim status before you head down there. You can easily find that out by texting the name of your beach to (312) 715-SWIM. Seriously, they make it pretty easy.
4. Devon Ave.
We all know you can't curry love, but this 10-block stretch will have you falling for the aromatic food in no time. The neighborhood, dubbed "Little India," is on the city's far north side and has a mix of shops and restaurants from the world's eastern regions. Don't take our word for it, though, just tikka chance!
5. The Ledge
Ever wonder what it's like to hover 103 floors above a bustling metropolis? Weird. Us either. But, for those daring few, there's just the attraction for you in Chicago! The Willis Tower Skydeck is open daily offering spectacular views spanning up to four states, and "the Ledge" is the glass balcony, which extends four feet outside the 103rd floor of the tower! Yikes!
Kicking off on May 9 at Chicago Union Station, Amtrak Train Days will travel across the country from May to November bringing exclusive train fun, the Amtrak Exhibit Train and The Amtrak Experience, an installation that allows attendees to see and feel the perks of train travel. Learn more at AmtrakTrainDays.com.