As one of the most impressive cities in the US, it’s impossible to take in everything Chicago has to offer if you’re just visiting for three days. However, if you are pressed for time, this itinerary could help you to sample some of the Windy City’s best examples of architecture, museums, culture and attractions.
CHICAGO GUIDE: DAY 1
Stop #1: Hop-on Hop-off Big Bus Chicago Tour
Often, the best way to get your bearings in any new city is to take a guided tour first. The knowledgeable guides on this tour will highlight all the biggest landmarks and attractions, as well as the most important information about each and the wider city.
Because this is a hop-on-hop-off tour, passengers are able to disembark at most of the landmarks en route and pick up the tour again on a later bus. A ticket is valid for a full day.
Stop #2: Shedd Aquarium (2-3 hours)
This aquarium, located at Museum Campus, is one of the very best in the United States and is home to around 32,000 creatures. Popular exhibits included with your admission are “Waters of the World,” “Caribbean Reef,” “Amazon Rising,” “Abbott Oceanarium,” “Wild Reef,” and the “Polar Play Zone.”
Stop #3: The Field Museum (1-2 hours)
The Field Museum is one of the world’s largest natural history museums. Over its 125-year history, it has curated an incredible collection. Highlights include Sue, the most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton ever to have been discovered, the notorious man-eating Tsavo Lions, an extensive collection of artefacts from Ancient Egypt, and the fun Underground Adventure exhibit.
Stop #4: Adler Planetarium (1 hour)
Staying at Museum Campus, the Adler Planetarium is an ideal final stop for the first day. With a wide range of exhibits, theatres and experiences about various aspects of astronomy and astrophysics, it appeals to both adults and children. Highlights include the historic Atwood Sphere, which shows the night’s sky as it appeared in 1913.