About Diana R
Lives in Manly, Australia
Since Feb 2014
I grew up in the northern suburbs of Chicago and lived downtown for a few years before moving to Australia to get my masters degree. I'm still here. I'm always keen for an adventure - I prefer traveling to go surf/wakeboard/snowboard/horseback ride/bungee jump/sky dive over taking traditional tours. I like to be outside as much as I can, and I love all things water related. I also like to travel to catch up with old friends. There's nothing better then seeing a good friend and sharing a home cooked meal together over a bottle or two of wine. I'm not a cook myself though, so I make sure to always be the one to bring the stories and the wine.
Arenas & Stadiums
Historic Walking Areas, Parks, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Piers & Boardwalks, Theme Parks
Fountains, Points of Interest & Landmarks
My favorite place to visit in Chicago — it never gets old! I have been to numerous aquariums around the world, and none have ever compared to the Shedd. Bring the family for the day, but there's so much to see that be warned, you might need to come back tomorrow for round two!
Especially if you happen to be visiting Chicago during baseball season, you have to get to Wrigley Field! The beautiful iconic ballpark on Clark and Addison is one of my favorite places in the world, and home to the one and only Chicago Cubs. Catch a game at the park or just head over to Wrigleyville and explore. Go Cubs!!
Right by the Shed Aquarium you'll find the Field Museum, but you'll need a full day to explore this one as well! Prepare to be greeted by dinosaur bones and invited to play with interactive galleries at one of the country's best museums. I once had a field trip here as a child and spent the night with the mummies — talk about spooky!
Right in the middle of the city ... you'll find a zoo! Open year round, Lincoln Park Zoo is a great place to spend the day walking on the wild side, and it's one of Chicago's top family destinations. Plus, did I mention that it's free??
Although it's beautiful in the summer, I recommend heading to Millennium Park in the winter when they turn part of it into an ice-skating rink! It's magical skating between the snowflakes with the city skyline as the backdrop — just make sure to dress everyone for the cold! In summer, check out the Crown Fountain and kiddie splash area for some water fun. And of course, don't miss exploring the funny reflections in 'the bean'.
Although I tend to shy away from the crowds that flock to Navy Pier, stopping by for the Ferris wheel is definitely worth it! The Ferris wheel provides a unique view of the city, but be prepared for the height and the speed — you go really high at the speed of a turtle. Perfect for taking pictures though!
In the summer there's nothing more refreshing than visiting the Buckingham fountain in downtown Chicago. On a hot day when the wind picks up and blows the fountain spray in your direction, there's no better place to be to cool off! Short of swimming in the Lake itself!