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The Ultimate Travel Guide: Chicago in One Day

Updated on October 15, 2016
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Matthew is a current traveling Physical Therapist working across the United States. He received his Doctorate from Stockton University.

The First Stop: Millenium Park

One of the most visited spots in Chicago and for good reason. Millennium Park is home to Cloud Gate (aka "The Bean") as well as other magnificent structures such as Crown Fountain, the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, and much more. Bring some good walking shoes and enjoy all the sites this park has to offer.

Pro Tip: The Bean is great for photography, if you can find the right angle you can take a picture of your reflection with the whole Chicago Skyline behind you!

Cloud Gate


Stop Number 2: Buckingham Fountain

This fountain is huge and clearly a great work of art. There is no doubt after seeing this structure why many visitors will reveal it was one of there favorite stops. Take your time and some pictures as this is one you will not want to miss.

Pro Tip: There is often a rainbow in the fountain if you get there on a sunny day

Buckingham Fountain


Stop Number 3: Chicago's Skydeck

Imagine yourself one-hundred.. and three stories in the air with all of Chicago beneath your feet. Now go to the Skydeck and experience it! This is truly the best view of the city and one you can not pass up on. Don't miss your chance to walk out on the glass ledge for an unforgettable experience and have your camera ready.

Pro Tip: Go during the day if its sunny, otherwise wait until night to see the city lit up!


Stop Number 4: The Art Institute of Chicago

One of the best art museums you will ever see. They have it all from Picasso to Monet to Andy Warhol. This is the best place to end your day after walking through the parks and streets where you can sit down and get lost in the artwork. American Gothic is a must see when you visit.

Pro Tip: If you are running short on time at this point make sure to grab a museum info pamphlet as they have a list of major artworks numbered by location.

Art Institute of Chicago


In Summary

There it is Chicago in One Day! There are many ways to see this city and it is absolutely worth a few extra days to see the rest of the attractions, but if you are hard pressed on time this is a tough list to beat.

Enjoy your travels and remember to adventure often!


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      Sakina Nasir 10 months ago from Kuwait

      Nice hub. The pictures are beautiful! ☺