I thought that I would break away from food for a minute and highlight some of the great daytime activities that Chicago has to offer. It’s starting to get a bit colder, so some of these may already be off the table for the season, but all are great activities – some are even worth being cold for.
If there are specific Chicago topics that you’re interested in, let me know. Future posts will include lunch and dinner, snacks, drinks, shopping, etc.
Photo from State Street looking North in front of the old Marshall Field’s building (now Macy’s).
Daytime See & Do:
- Shop on Michigan Ave / State Street
- Architectural Boat Tour – Insider Tip: The line for this boat tour is BELOW Michigan Avenue at Wacker & Michigan. Get in line early and sit on the top deck, near the edge.
- Millennium Park (FREE!)
- Swim, walk, run, bike along the Chicago Lake Path
- Museums, Etc.:
Insider Tip – The museums aren’t cheap. At all. There are some free days during the year though – and many more options for Illinois residents. Do a quick Google search – you may end up saving yourself a lot of bucks.
- Be a tourist:
- Chicago Hop on / Hop off bus
- Willis Tower Sky Deck
- Hancock Building – Insider Tip: Get a drink or a meal on the 95th floor in the Signature Room and save yourself the cost of a ticket to the top
- Navy Pier – Insider Tip: Free trolleys from Michigan Ave to Navy Pier and fireworks on Wednesdays and Saturdays
- Chicago Mob Tour
- Chicago Pizza Tour
- Chicago Chocolate Tour
- Pamper Yourself:
What are your favorite things to do during the day when you visit Chicago? Is there anything else that should definitely be on this list?
I really believe that seeing as much on foot as you can is the best way to experience the city. Public transportation is good but not perfect. Trains, for the most part, run North / South, but buses run all directions. It’s easiest to download an app (or use a paper map – what?!) to get around the city.