Chicago Staycation – Ideas to Plan a Fun Weekend at Home

We all love to get away. Unfortunately, it’s not always possible to actually go away on vacation, with all our responsibilities and live events keeping us rooted.

That’s why the idea of a Chicago staycation is so appealing to many people. Explore your local city for a chance to see and do things you never get to. Play the tourist for a day, or see something new and exciting. Dine at a new restaurant, and if you can swing it, consider staying in a fun hotel to add to the overall experience.

If you’re a Chicagoland resident looking to enjoy a fun-filled staycation, consider some of the ideas in this post.

Our top staycation ideas include:

  • 菲尔德自然历史博物馆
  • Big Bus Chicago Tour
  • 芝加哥艺术博物馆
  • 建筑湖畔巡航
  • Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio Tour
  • 芝加哥历史博物馆
  • Millennium Park & Maggie Daley Park



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CHI-Field-museumWhile you’ve probably been to the Field Museum at one point, you’re sure to find something new and exciting to explore each and every time you visit.

This perennially popular attraction offers a wide variety of natural and cultural exhibits, including many special rotating exhibits on a diversity of topics.

As a bonus, your Go Card admission includes one special exhibit on top of regular admission!

Getting In: The Field Museum tickets are included with the Go Chicago Card.

Big Bus Chicago Tour

chicago-bus-tourSee the city with fresh eyes aboard the Big Bus Chicago hop-on hop-off tour. Although of course you know what the Mag Mile is and you’ve obviously been to Wrigley, there may be things you haven’t seen in person, or didn’t know much about.

Use this hop-on hop-off option as a chance to explore the city with fresh eyes, and maybe learn something new!

Plus, it can be a handy way to get between attractions that doesn’t involve the horror of parking.

进入: Big Bus Chicago tickets are included with the Go Chicago Card.


Michigan_Ave_North_Lion 2 Art Institute世界上最好的艺术博物馆之一位于市中心 - 所以为什么不在芝加哥逗留期间在这里度过几个小时?

There are literally thousands upon thousands of artifacts, objects, and works of art in their collections, and you’ll never have quite the same experience twice.

Their frequent special exhibits also make each visit unique – and it can be a smart investment to purchase a membership if you think you’ll visit often.

进入: Art Institute of Chicago tickets are included with the Go Chicago Card.


The Chicago Architecture River Cruise cruising along the river
We all know the story of Chicago’s phoenix-like resurgence from the ashes of the Great Fire, but can you accurately identify all of the waterfront building and which famous architectural firm built them?

The Architecture River Cruise can be an excellent option for sightseeing like a tourist while genuinely learning something new about your city.

It’s also a relaxing cruise, too, which can make your staycation feel more like a getaway.

进入建筑河游船票包含在Go Chicago Card中。

Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio Tour

Frank-Lloyd-Wright-Home-and-Studio-Tour-1An amazing attraction you probably haven’t been to is located right in Oak Park – the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio.

For architecture fans, this is a must-visit attraction, highlighting the home and workspace of this iconic creative genius.


进入: Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio Tour tickets are included with the Go Chicago Card.


Chicago-History-Museum-1Conveniently located in Lincoln Park, the Chicago History Museum is an excellent resource for locals looking to learn more about their city.

Come here to see exhibits and artifacts relating to the city’s long and storied heritage, from interactive exhibits for kids to fascinating displays for adults.

A trip here is a great way to spend an hour or two with the family, perhaps as part of a larger visit to the beach or to the park for biking, picnicking, and more.

进入: Chicago History Museum tickets are included with the Go Chicago Card.

Millennium Park & Maggie Daley Park

Millennium Park Chicago当地人真的很欣赏千禧公园,即使它很难建造。虽然它确实吸引了众多游客,但它也有很多常客可以提供夏季的免费音乐会和其他表演,各种节日以及社区瑜伽课等户外活动。

如果你正在寻找一些额外的乐趣,那么Maggie Daley Park是另一个新的选择,提供迷你高尔夫,夏季轮滑和冬季滑冰,儿童游乐场,攀岩墙和网球场。

Getting In: Millennium Park is free to explore. Maggie Daley Park is free to explore; select activities require separate fees that are not included with the Go Chicago Card.

Don’t Forget to Save 

This is only a small sampling of our favorite Chicago staycation activities.

If you really want to play the tourist, then 360 CHICAGO is a fun option. Science and culture buffs will enjoy the remainder of the museum campus, as well as the Museum of Science & Industry.

There are also plenty more tour options for exploring the city in greater depth – a smart choice if you’ve just moved to town.

Many of these and other great attractions are included with the Go Chicago Card, so don’t forget to pick one up today!

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