Chicago is a city of color and history. The largest city in the American Midwest, it sits on Lake Michigan. It is home to one of the world's tallest buildings, the Willis Tower, and many other amazing activities.With just one day to explore downtown Chicago, go big then go home with the top sightseeing highlights packed into a 24-hour span. With the Art Institute of Chicago (one of TripAdvisor's Top Three Museum in the World 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016) and Millennium Park (named one of the six Great Places in America by the APA) as the anchors.
Here we just indicate some sightseeings, but not the confirmed arrangement, which will be provided in the middle of Feb. 2018.
A MUSEUM FIT FOR FERRIS BUELLER
Walking along Michigan Avenue you will first be greeted by two large bronze lions the stand outside the renowned Art Institute of Chicago. If you would like to know what these lions have to say, before entering the museum, swipe your smartphone on a nearby tag and get a 'call back' from the lions as part of the citywide public art initiative Statue Stories Chicago.
Inside The Art Institute of Chicago explore America's greatest collection of Impressionist paintings, including world-famous works by Monet, Renoir, Seurat and Van Gogh. Then discover the critically acclaimed Modern Wing, home to an extraordinary collection of modern and contemporary masterpieces by Chagall, Dali, Matisse, Picasso, Pollack and more.
A GIANT BEAN & GIANT ROCK WALL
Across the street from The Art Institute is Millennium Park, an unprecedented combination of stunning architecture, sculpture and landscape design. From the towering faces of Crown Fountain to your own face reflected in Cloud Gate, see why Millennium Park tops everyone's bucket list.
Exit Millennium Park via the BP Bridge, a 925-foot-long winding bridge that provides incomparable views of the Chicago skyline, Grant Park and Lake Michigan.
On the other side of the bridge sits Maggie Daley Park, a spectacular green space with massive rock climbing walls, mini golf, picnic groves, and an amazing play garden for children.
After your shopping fix, jump over to the architectural stunner Chicago Athletic Association Hotel for some play in the Game Room (think classic rec room favorites like shuffleboard and billiards alongside classic cocktails like the Old Fashioned and High Ball). For some of the best views in the city, head up to Cindy's rooftop terrace, a restaurant and bar with commanding views across Millennium Park, the Art Institute of Chicago and Lake Michigan.
A THREE-IN-ONE MUSEUM CAMPUS
Walking south from the fountain, a path will
take you under Lake Shore Drive into Museum Campus, a gorgeous
green space directly on Lake Michigan. The Field Museum will be
the first museum you encounter and well worth a trip inside.
Founded in 1893, The Field Museum has spent more than 120 years
in the pursuit of scientific knowledge about the world around
us. On the way in, you can't miss the 40.5-foot T. rex SUE so be
sure to stop by to say hello to the largest, best-preserved, and
most complete Tyrannosaurus rex ever found. Next door is the
Shedd Aquarium, where you can meet 32,500 creatures from aquatic
habitats around the world including beluga whales, dolphins, sea
otters, sea lions and penguins inside the Oceanarium. Just
beyond the aquarium is the Adler Planetarium, which when
constructed in 1930 became America's first planetarium. The
building is more than a museum; it is a laboratory, a classroom,
and a community exploring the Universe together. Each year half
a million visitors experience the museum's interactive
exhibitions, live planetarium shows, hands-on educational
programs, and world-class collections.