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8 Must-See Attractions for Your Chicago Adventure

Fall is one of the best times of the year to go on an adventure to a new place. 

With autumn leaves on the trees and baseball games at Wrigley Field, Chicago is the perfect getaway for your fall vacation. No matter what your interests may be, the Windy City is sure to entertain!

With American Airlines at Valley International Airport, you can fly non-stop to Chicago on Saturdays. Start planning a fall trip to Chicago with these 8 must-see attractions.


1. Catch a Baseball Game at Wrigley Field

Enjoy the cooler weather while watching a Chicago Cubs baseball game at Wrigley Field. After undergoing a major remodel in 2014, the stadium now boasts expanded concession areas, premier clubs, two new outfield boards, and enhanced connectivity for a more enjoyable game experience.

Grab a Chicago-style hotdog, your favorite soda, and maybe even some nachos, while you watch the Chicago Cubs take on their latest opponent. 

You can buy tickets and find all park information on their website.

2. See Your Reflection in “The Bean”

When most people think of visiting Chicago, “The Bean” is usually one of the first things that pops into their mind. Located in the heart of Millennium Park, this 33-foot tall art sculpture consists of an exterior made entirely of stainless steel. Because it is made of stainless steel, it allows you to see your full reflection, giving you an interactive experience.

3. Experience All That the Magnificent Mile Has to Offer

If you’re wanting to see an array of fall colors while you shop and dine, your next stop should be the Magnificent Mile. You will be surrounded by fall floral displays and tree-covered pathways, along with over 460 stores and 275 restaurant choices. Whether you enjoy a lobster bisque at Eddie V’s Prime Seafood or expand your wardrobe at The Shops at North Bridge, the Magnificent Mile is sure to impress.

4. Visit the Shedd Aquarium and Field Museum

For a day filled with marine and land animals, visit the Shedd Aquarium and Field Museum. The aquarium has an underwater gallery you can walk through to see beluga whales and other marine life up close. Once you’re finished there, you can take a short walk across the museum campus to the Field Museum. There you will take a step back in time through nature’s history and come face to face with dinosaurs!

5. Enjoy Chicago-Style Hot Dogs at Portillos

You haven’t gotten the full Chicago experience if you don’t try a Chicago-style hot dog at Portillo’s. This city takes great pride in its hot dogs and is not afraid to show it. A proper Chicago-style hot dog boasts a steamed poppy seed bun, an all-beef frankfurter, yellow mustard, relish, onions, tomatoes, a single pickle-spear, and peppers. 

If you want to experience it for yourself, stop by Chicago’s favorite restaurant chain, Portillo’s. 

6. Ride the Centennial Wheel at the Navy Pier

At 200-feet tall, this ferris wheel gives you a 360-degree view of Lake Michigan and the beloved Chicago skyline. You’ll be dazzled by the view, as well as the light display on the wheel itself. 

Don’t let the height intimidate you. It is something worth experiencing for yourself!

7. Take an Architecture River Cruise

The fall weather makes it the most enjoyable time to go out on a boat tour, and you’ll often find it’s less crowded during this time. You will get to take in the beautiful fall foliage, as well as appreciate the unique architecture of Chicago’s buildings and structures.

Bring along a cozy sweater or jacket, and relish the view you get from the river cruise.

8. Push Yourself to the Limit at the Skydeck Chicago

The Skydeck is located inside the Willis Tower on the 103rd floor. Standing 1,353-feet high in the air, the Skydeck has a ledge you can walk on that offers a breathtaking view of the Chicago skyline. 

For those afraid of heights, this may prove difficult to endure. However, many choose to push past their fear to experience the Skydeck for themselves.

Visit Chicago in the Fall When You Fly With Valley International Airport!

Treat yourself with a trip to Chicago by flying non-stop with American Airlines.

At Valley International Airport, your safety is our priority. Face masks are mandatory when boarding our flights.

When flying with American Airlines, gate 4 is located upstairs and baggage claim can be found downstairs.

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