Chicago is just one of those places no matter how long you’re there you always feel like there was something you missed doing. It’s true there’s so much to do and see in Chicago, that quite frankly trying to do it all in two days is crazy. However, here are a few things to keep in mind when you’re there for only a short time.
First and foremost, arrive early. Rush hour always seems to start @ 4:30 on Fridays.
- The Bean – If it’s your first time in Chicago, then you absolutely MUST go see the bean. I recommend going late at night. Mainly because you avoid all the tourist and large crowds that go during the day. Also, I think the reflection you get from the bean at night is 10X cooler than the day, but that’s just my opinion!
2. Walk – As much as you can! This isn’t a fan favorite but trust me you’ll be glad you did. There are so many things to see downtown, walking the city is half the fun! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve stumbled upon a new place just by walking a different way. It’s also a great way to save money for activities and probably going to be a lot faster!
3. Millenium Park – While you’re visiting the bean, check out what’s going on in Millenium Park. This place always has something going on and it changes from season to season. So no matter when you’re visiting you’re sure to find something fun to do. Ice skating is my personal favorite! In the summer this place turns into an outside bar/restaurant area. You can catch live music, beer, and wine tasting, or just relax with friends.
4. Architecture – Take the time to enjoy the architecture of Chicago, it truly is magnificent. Even if you don’t get the time to do everything you wanted the architecture is like a free walk through a museum. It always fascinating what I seem to discover, even after living here!
The main thing is if you’re planning to take a short trip to Chicago the best way to enjoy it is your way. Check out the things you haven’t seen, visit the places you haven’t been, and try something you haven’t done. This is a city that seems to change each time I visit and I’ve never been disappointed when trying something new.