24 Hours in Chicago

As the third largest city in the United States, Chicago has a lot to offer visitors. The Windy City is home to plenty of museums, art galleries and attractions that are sure to have something for everybody. Whether you enjoy nature or are a fan of trying different foods, the list of things to do in Chicago is endless. Here’s a look at a few things to do if you’re looking to spend a day exploring the city of Chicago. 

Navy Pier

Start your day bright and early at Navy Pier, Chicago’s impressive waterfront with an even more impressive pier that comes with a ferris wheel! You read that correctly. Navy Pier is the most popular destination for tourists given its size (1,010 m). Take a walk along the pier and get an amazing view of Chicago’s shoreline on Lake Michigan. Not only does the pier have parks but it also includes amazing gardens, family attractions, and stores as well. Whether you choose to go during the day or at nighttime, the skyline will make for an amazing backdrop for pictures.

Chicago boat

Millennium Park

Make sure to head on over to Millennium park next to indulge in some nature. This public park is in the heart of the city and features tons of public art around the area.  As of recently, the park has also become the location of the city’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting. Whether you’d like to spend some time under the trees reading a book, or indulging in some free public art, a visit to the park is something you can easily squeeze in while in the city.

Chicago aerial view

Chicago Cultural Centre

If you’re on a budget, then look no further because not only is the Chicago Cultural Centre free but it has tons of cool artwork and exhibits that are constantly changing. The best part of the centre is it’s proximity to the park which means you won’t have to travel far to fit it into your schedule. Not only will it save you the extra travel time but also money. The centre has many exhibitions and programs, so you’re bound to find something that will appeal to you. This historic building is also used as a venue for various events such as weddings, parties and public gatherings.

Chicago building

Chicago Riverwalk

Once you’re done with the cultural centre, you can take a walk along the Chicago river, otherwise known as the city’s second lakefront. Take a leisurely stroll or stop at a restaurant for some food.  The walkway also contains boat rentals, benches for sitting and tons of other activities. You can also catch a glimpse of the city’s stunning skyline on the Riverwalk.

Chicago street

Bahá'í House of Worship

Most people are unaware, but there are only 7 Bahá'í temples in the world and one of them happens to be in Wilmette, Illinois, about an hour from downtown Chicago. The temple is easily accessible by train and takes about 20 minutes.  This temple, is the oldest and largest location out of all the temples and features beautiful architecture along with Arabic inscription inside of the roof of the temple. The outside features intricate carvings and lace detailing. If you have some time to take out then a trip to this beautiful temple will definitely be worth your while.

Chicago Bahai palace

Garfield Park Conservatory

Depending on how much time you have left, be sure to check out the Garfield Park Conservatory, considering it is one of the largest greenhouses in Chicago. Admission to the greenhouse is free, however donations are asked for at the door. The conservatory is open 365 days a year and features a variety of educational programs and exhibits that are constantly changing so there is always something new to look forward to.

Chicago green nature

Green Street Smoked Meats

End you tour of the Windy city by indulging in some smoked meat at Green Street. This low-key restaurant has a lot of variety for meat lovers including smoked brisket and pulled pork. If you’re not a fan of the meat then there are a few side salad options. The best part of this restaurant is the fact that it is also Halal.

Chicago night restaurant

Original Soul Vegetarian

For our vegan/vegetarian visitors, we’ve found just the restaurant for you at Original Soul! This family owned and operated restaurant features dishes such as a falafel platter, a vegetarian Sloppy Joe and a breaded tofu Sandwich. So if Green Street Smoked meats isn’t for you, then be sure to end your trip by grabbing some yummy vegetarian food.

Chicago vegetarian food

Whether you want to take in some artwork or indulge in some pizza, there are plenty of things to do in Chicago. You’ll never get bored because of the variety that the city has to offer. Don’t worry if you didn’t get to do everything on this list though because there is always next time!