A classic fieldtrip destination for anyone from the western suburbs. They are all about keeping you off the crack. My personal favorite was the mock up of the dirty disgusting bathroom where your various drugs were supposedly cooked up. In all seriousness, they put on pretty good presentations that teach you about the body and how you can mess yours up. I'm not even sure you can come here without being on a fieldtrip.
An awesome bit of nature aways outside the city. There are lots of places to explore, and most of it is very pretty. You will forget that you are a few miles from a huge concrete city. I recommend you make the drive out to see it during each season. Be careful not to get lost, as this place stretches for acres and acres, whatever an acre is. The wildlife is plentiful and great too. It is a very nice place for a date.
Beautiful views, great walk around the pier. Amusement park rides. Fun fireworks displays. Shops and stuff...thats all great. Maybe once or twice, then it all feels old. If it is your first time in Chicago, go for it, you'll love it. Chicagoland natives don't have too many good reasons to go there again and again. Be careful of the overpriced shirts and stuff, unless you REALLY had a great time.
I enjoy being up here. The view is awesome on a clear day. Night is even better in my opinion. For a special treat, try to be up there when the fireworks are going off at Navy Pier. Its probably the only time you will ever watch fireworks from ABOVE! It has the only outdoor (behind a huge chain link fence) view you can get that high up in Chicago. No time limit, once you are up there, stay as long as you want. A must do for Chicago.
Now this is old school entertainment. I went to so many birthday parties here I can't count them anymore. When I first started going 15 years ago, this place had mainly classic video games and then the castle style dinner hall. Slowly they have added so much that it seems like a whole new place. There "games" have gotten bigger and bigger. From roller coaster simulators to batting cages. The robot dragon show and karaoke is still great for young kid's bday parties. I'll take my kids there when I have some.
Man do I have some memories in here. My team practiced here 2-3 times a week for years. The locker rooms smell terrible. The Ice is a complete wreck. The ends of rink are higher than anywhere else and the corners are melted to a point under the boards. Ive seen countless pucks and sticks get stuck under there. Sometimes it gets so foggy that you can't see the other side of the rink. To be fair, I havent skated there in a couple years, but I still talk to people that do, and I think this is still pretty accurate. That being said, I do have so many memories there that I can't help but have a strange foundess for it...
Great place to see a cheap "second run" movie. Tickets are somewhere around $3 . This theater is a classic. Everything inside is ornate, from the carpet to the ceiling in the theater itself. The best part is the guy playing the organ before the movie. Sure, the run of the mill pre-movie nonsense is playing up on the screen, but there is no sound except a guy playing his heart out on a classic pipe organ. Just before the movie, he and the organ disappear into the floor to applause. Very unique.
One of the nicer ice arenas in chicagoland, although it is showing its age. I played many seasons of high school hockey here. The ice was always well laid down and the atmosphere just right. It has 3 rinks of different sizes: college, NHL, and olympic. Nice pro shop. It has a small eating area with nachos, etc. I even survived a nearby tornado inside here!
My favorite movie theater in the suburbs. Cheap tickets for students $5.75. Great seats, the full on airplane style with recline. Pull up the armrest and make a loveseat for you and your significant other. Lots of theaters means lots of movies and times. Sound and image quality are also top notch. Coldstone Ice cream and BW3's in the area.