9) Navy Pier, Chicago
Originally known as Municipal Pier, it was renamed in 1921 to pay tribute to those who served in World War I. Chicago’s Navy Pier celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2016. The pier is 3,300 feet long, covers 50 acres, and is located on the shore of Lake Michigan. It’s a great place to take your family for loads of fun filled things to do. There are several popular attractions you should see during your visit. The Ferris wheel, carousel, botanical garden, indoor ice-skating rink, fun-house maze, Children’s Museum and the Chicago Shakespeare Theater are among the best. Almost nine million people visit every year making it the most popular tourist spot in the Midwest. Being located in a tourist-friendly city like Chicago near other beloved sites certainly doesn’t hurt its popularity. Chicago is also home to Willis (formerly Sears) Tower, Wrigley Field, the Art Institute and Cloud Gate (also known as the Bean). The best time to visit is during the warmer months to take advantage of the outdoor sites.