As a conglomerate of culture, die-hard sports fans and incredible food, Chicago is one city that you’re going to want to check off that bucket list.  The city sits on the southwestern shore of Lake Michigan and is known for being a melting pot for culture and the diversity of its neighborhoods (77 of them in total).

Chicago is a city of firsts. From having the nation’s first skyscraper, to the start of Historic “Route 66,” it’s no secret that Chicago has a unique history. It is also full of 26 miles of lakefront, 36 annual parades, and 552 parks.

With its megawatt downtown and world-famous attractions, it’s not surprising to see the Windy City listed as a popular destination. Navy Pier, once a shipping and military training facility, is now a major tourist draw with 50 acres of promenades, shops, eateries and amusements. Shoreline Sightseeing operates nine touring boats and 11 water taxis that offer guided skyline tours, fireworks cruises, and special events such as Brew Cruises and Wine Tasting Cruises. Then, of course, there’s Michigan Avenue, Shedd Aquarium, Millennial Park, the Field Museum of Natural History and much more.