Check Out These Cool Chicago Landmarks

Chicago landmarks

One of the nicest perks to living at 215 West is the location. When you live here, you’re in the heart of one of the best cities in the world. There are so many restaurants it would take you years to try them all. There are plenty of events to keep you as busy as you want to be. Just a few blocks away, there are beautiful parks, museums, and buildings to explore. Here are a few of our favorite Chicago landmarks to check out:


You don’t need to go all the way to New York City to experience Broadway because you have several theatres just a few minutes away. Through Broadway in Chicago, you can purchase tickets to shows like “Book of Mormon,” “My Fair Lady,” and “Waitress.” Broadway in Chicago has shows at four different theatres, including the Cadillac Palace Theatre and Nederlander Theatre. Each venue is unique, so add them all to your Chicago bucket list!

Chicago is home to the first large, luxurious movie theater in the world, The Chicago Theatre. It opened in 1921 and has since become a famous landmark. After closing in 1985, it was renovated and reopened in 1986. Since then, it has hosted everyone from Kelly Clarkson to Alicia Keyes. Grab tickets to upcoming shows like Carol Burnett, Mandy Moore, or Widespread Panic. 

Don’t forget about other theaters like Goodman Theatre which has won a Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre and focuses on bringing in diverse shows. There are actually two theaters inside the complex, so there are twice as many opportunities to see a great show. 

Federal Reserve Bank

One of the frequently overlooked attractions in Chicago is Federal Reserve Bank’s Money Museum. From Monday through Friday (except federal holidays) between 8:30 am and 5 pm, you can take a self-guided tour of the museum. There are interactive displays and exhibits that will teach you a lot about money. There is a special presentation daily at 1 pm and there’s no charge to experience any of it. 

Note that you are required to show a photo ID to enter. Read more about the screening process and prohibited items here.

Willis Tower

For many years, Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower) was the tallest building in the world. Over a million people visit the tower each year, visit the Skydeck 103 floors above the ground, and walk out onto The Ledge. On a clear day, you can see four different states. 

Everyone who visits Chicago should add this to their itinerary, and if you live in Chicago you definitely don’t have an excuse to say you’ve never been to Willis Tower! Even if you’re afraid of heights or don’t want to pay $26 for the Sky Deck, you should check out the bottom five floors (called Catalog) which are in the process of being transformed into a miniature indoor city. You’ll find awesome restaurants, cafes, and shops here.

If you want to live near these Chicago landmarks, contact us to see everything that we offer at 215 West. We can’t wait to show you why you’ll want to make this your home!

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