Although we believe there are thousands of reasons to visit, in this week’s post we propose several accessible plans in Chicago.
Have fun at Navy Pier
Navy Pier is one of Chicago’s main tourist attractions. It opened in 1916 and was formerly used as a training center for the Navy. Today, it is home to a variety of events, restaurants, stores, gardens, fireworks and cultural attractions. It is also the departure point for many ships and cruise ships.
Without a doubt, it is the perfect place to entertain family or friends. Attractions include the Centennial Wheel, the Crystal Garden, the Chicago Children’s Museum and the Chicago Shakespeare Theater.
All levels of Navy Pier are accessible with elevators for people with reduced mobility. As specified on the official website, service animals are welcome. Wheelchairs are also available at the Service Desk located at the main entrance.
Take a cruise tour
Chicago seems to look even more beautiful if you are on board. Therefore, we suggest you discover its charm from the perspective of a cruise.
There are several options for people with reduced mobility. For example, Wendella Tours & Cruises and Chicago First Lady offer tours that allow you to experience the city’s spectacular architecture. Both companies operate accessible boats, which can accommodate wheelchairs and have adapted bathrooms.
Discover the prehistoric seas
The Field Museum invites you to take a journey through time, where the mysteries of nature and the first homes of dinosaurs are revealed. Its wide variety of exhibits surprise and allow you to learn about the ancient and modern world.
The institution opened its doors in 1894. Currently, its collection has almost 40 million artifacts and specimens.
If you need help during your visit, you can ask for it. In addition, the official website indicates that there is accessible paid parking located in the East Museum Lot, wheelchair rentals on a first-come, first-served basis, elevators and accessible restrooms on all floors.
Visit one of the best art museums
The Art Institute of Chicago is located in the center of the city. Visit its galleries and recharge yourself with the unique power of art.
The building has accessible entrances (located on Michigan Avenue and in the Modern Wing). Also, nearby are parking garages with reserved spaces. You can see directions on their website.
Manual and electric wheelchairs and other mobility devices are permitted. Wheelchairs can also be borrowed free of charge inside the museum.
Take a picture of yourself next to “The Bean”.
Millennium Park is famous for its artwork and architecture. Open and accessible to all visitors, this place is perfect for admiring the beauty of Chicago.
The park is home to the spectacular Cloud Gate, also known as “The Bean”, an installation with a stainless steel surface where you can see all the surrounding activity reflected. It was created by British sculptor Anish Kapoor and has become one of his most famous works. Don’t leave the city without taking a picture of it.
Taste the local donuts
Savor the most of every minute in Chicago. Many places specialize in donuts. There are as many colors and flavors as you can imagine, so stop by an accessible coffee shop and enjoy this delicious dessert.
Connect with the cosmos
The Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum is America’s first planetarium. We believe it is well worth a tour of its exhibits or attending its award-winning shows.
The accessible entrance is located in the Leffmann Education Center. There is also assigned seating for wheelchair users in the theater, elevators and accessible restrooms. The planetarium also explains that mobility equipment is permitted throughout the building.
Remember that with Travegali you can find accessible accommodations in Chicago and many other destinations.
Tell us, what other accessible plans would you like to do in this metropolis?
Sources: Navy Pier, Wendella Boats, Chicago’s First Lady, Field Museum, Art Institute of Chicago, City of Chicago, Millennium Park Foundation, Adler Planetarium