Spend Three Days in Chicago

Posted by: Donna Smith - Contributor on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 9:00:00 am

Chicago is an extraordinary city with incredible architecture, a rich history and great food! The neighborhoods are unique with their own personality in attractions, restaurants and bars.

My favorite large city is Chicago.  I can’t get enough of Michigan Avenue shopping, Broadway type plays and of course, the gastronomical delights!  I still have a vivid memory of having an early dinner at the Grand Lux Café (their Molten Chocolate Cake is scrumptious). My friend and I were seated by the window facing Michigan Avenue on the second floor on a cold December day. As we looked out the window, the snow began to fall and accumulated very quickly.  The shoppers on the street carried their packages and continued to fill the shops in pursuit of the perfect Christmas gifts.

Three days is a good amount of time to see and do many of the main points-of-interest in the city.

Start out with a stroll in the 25-acre Millennium Park. A structure with a mirror-like reflection of the skyline, known as The Bean, is at the center of the park.  Concerts and many events are held in the park during the summer months. The area has become a gathering spot for locals and tourists.

The Art Institute of Chicago houses a collection of paintings, sculptures, drawings and photography. It is most known for impressionist and post-impressionist paintings.

No trip is complete without an architecture boat tour on the Chicago River. These cruises offer panoramic views of the city and information about some of the most iconic buildings. I had no idea of the importance in many of the architectural structures in the city.

Museum Row is where you will find the Field Museum, the Adler planetarium and the Shedd Aquarium.  Fortunately, they are all within walking distance of each other.

This is one great city for sports fans.  Even if you can’t get tickets to a Chicago Cubs game while you’re in town, a trip to Wrigley Field is a given. If you are a fan of the Cubs, Bears, Bulls, Blackhawks or the White Sox, then you will be in sports glory in Chicago!

Take a walk down the famous Magnificent Mile to view some of Chicago’s most notable architecture: the John Hancock Center, The Tribune Tower and the Wrigley Building. The exclusive boutiques and luxury shops as well as various galleries on Michigan Avenue’s section are a part of the Magnificent Mile.

One of the most popular attractions in the state of Illinois is the Navy Pier on Lake Michigan. It consists of a 50-acre playground of entertainment, museums, activities, restaurants, and shops. Take a trip to Pier Park for a ride on the 150-foot Ferris wheel, for great views of the city and Lake Michigan. Other attractions include a whimsical musical carousel, Wave Swinger lift-and-twirl ride, miniature golf course, remote control boats, and lots more. The Chicago Children’s Museum, Chicago Shakespeare Theater and an IMAX theater are located here as well.

Chicago’s theater district presents acclaimed touring productions and musicals from across the country. The city is also well known for its comedy clubs.  Second City launched the careers of many famous comics such as Steve Carell, Tina Fey and Bill Murray just to name a few. The iO (Improv Olympics) is where Seth Meyers, Chris Farley and Amy Poehler got their start in comedy.

Last but not least, make your trip complete and try some Chicago deep-dish pizza and a classic Italian beef sandwich.

The great thing about Chicago is that there is something to see or do that suits everyone at any time of the year.

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