What to do in Chicago in one day

09:00 – The Talbott Hotel

09:30 – John Hancock Center and 360 Chicago Observation deck

10:30 – Hendrickx Belgian Bread Crafter

11:00 – Michigan Avenue, Water Tower

12:30 – Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria

14:00 – Chicago Architecture River Cruise (Wendella Boats)

16:00 – Wildberry Pancakes and Cafe

17:00 – Millennium Park, Cloud Gate

18:30 – The Art Institute of Chicago

19:30 – Dinner at Alinea

21:00 – Apollo Theater Chicago

22:30 – Kingston Mines

23:59 – Metro Smart Bar

 

We mapped out your day trip in Chicago

Each highlight of your day trip is numbered, simply follow the guide

What you should absolutely know about Chicago

City highlights, food & drinks, expressions, weather, how to get there and how to get around

Take a trip to “The Windy City” and see what there is to love about Chicago. Referred to as “chi-town” by the locals, this city is full of spots fanatics. During your Chicago day trips, cheer on the Chicago Bulls, Chicago Bears, Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago White Sox, or Chicago Cubs, depending upon which season it is at the stadium or relax at North Avenue Beach. Chicago is home to hundreds of festivals each and every year, so try to plan your trip around one. From The Taste of Chicago to hundreds of concerts, you’re sure to find something to do on the weekend. Chicago is home to many museums, parks, concert venues, and nightclubs – you will never be bored

You can’t go to Chicago without visiting the Willis Tower or seeing “The Bean” in Millennium Park. The Art Institute, Shedd Aquarium, and Navy Pier are also great sightseeing options. Don’t forget to visit the Field Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Science and Industry

Chicago boasts having the best deep dish and pan pizza and caramel and cheese popcorn mix in the whole United States – and they really do! From juicy Italian beef sandwiches to out-of-this-world barbecue ribs, you’ll be wanting to go back to Chicago just for the incredible food

Chicagoans have their own slang. “Bags” refers to the game of cornhole. “Pop” is soda or any carbonated soft drink. Note that if you call “dibs” on something, you claimed it, such as a parking spot or the last slice of pizza

Summer can get up to 90 degrees. Fall cools off the city with temperatures in the 50s and 60s. Chicago winters are icy and snowy, with temperatures in the 20s or lower. Spring is very rainy, but warms up in the 60s

Hail a taxi to get from the airport to the city center. From O’Hare International Airport, a taxi costs around $50 and from Midway Airport a taxi is $25. The Chicago Transit Authority provides elevated trains (The “L”) that go into the city for $2

Once in the city of Chicago, you’ll find that the city is very walkable. The city also has a simple and popular bike-sharing program called Divvy. It is really easy to hail a taxi to get around the city or use the trains or buses

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