Chicago Scavenger Hunt

This Chicago scavenger hunt is a great way to get out and explore the Windy City.  Set on the shores of Lake Michigan this midwestern city is a gem. If you haven't visited, by all means add it to your buck list.



Whether your are a local looking for a fun group activity or a visitor looking to check out the sights, this scavenger hunt list will work for you. Pick and choose which scavenger hunt clues most interest you, or do them all. Have fun exploring the city and experiencing some of the top things to do in Chicago.

"It is hopeless for the occasional visitor to try
to keep up with Chicago. She outgrows his prophecies faster than he can make them."
~ Mark Twain, 1883

List of Chicago Scavenger Hunt Clues

  • Take a photo of Cloud Gate also know as “The Bean” at Millennium Park

  • Take a photo of the bronze lions guarding the entrance to Art Institute of Chicago

  • Check out the WWII German Submarine inside the Museum of Science and Industry

  • Eat a hot dog at Wrigley Field

  • Take a photo with a street performer

  • Step inside the Palm Room at the Garfield Park Conservatory and feel the taste of paradise

  • Splash your hand in Buckingham Fountain

  • Buy yourself a treat along the Magnificent Mile

  • Stick your toes in the waters of Lake Michigan

  • Have a drink and enjoy the view from Castaways Bar at North Avenue Beach

  • Head to the top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere

  • Take a photo at the Great Ape House at the Lincoln Park Zoo Admission is free!

  • Take your shoes off and splash in the water of Crown Fountain

  • Take in the view from the Michigan Avenue Bridge

  • Enjoy a cup of tea at the Drake Hotel

  • Ride the ferris wheel on Navy Pier

  • Step inside the stadium at Soldier Field

  • Count the steps of the spiral staircase in The Rookery building

  • Visit the Chicago French Market for a local treat

  • Visit “The Magic Hedge” at the Montrose Bird Sanctuary and see what birds you can find

Are you a Chicago local? Add your scavenger hunt clues and ideas in the comments below. This is only the tip of the iceberg as there are so many interesting things to see and do in Chicago. 


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