3 Days in Chicago: Suggested Itineraries
By Viator, November 2013
There's more to Chicago than can be experienced in three days, but we've got some suggestions to get you started.
Day 1: The City
The Chicago CityPass gives you discounted admission to five of the city's premier attractions: Hancock Observatory, Field Museum, Museum of Science & Industry, Adler Planetarium and Shedd Aquarium. Take your pick of cruises by water, coach tours by land and exhilarating Segway tours. Or tour Chicago your own way on a Hop-On, Hop-Off Trolley Tour. Get an overview of the city with a comprehensive Grand Half-Day Tour, covering the North Side and South Shore, the Outer Drive, Lincoln Park, Washington Park and Grant Park. Or see the city from the 94th floor of the Hancock Tower.
Day 2: The Architecture
Icons from the famous Chicago School of Architecture are revealed on the Historic Loop Skyscrapers walking tour of Chicago's earliest skyscrapers, built between the 1870s and the 1930s. For contrast, follow up with the Modern Loop Skyscrapers walking tour. Classic Art Deco detailing from the 1920s and 30's is the theme on the Downtown Chicago Deco walking tour.
Day 3: The Outdoors
Start with the Lakefront cycling tour of quiet back streets, city parks, and North Side beaches. Explore more of Chicago's neighborhoods by bike, cycling through the Gold Coast, Old Town, Lincoln Park and Lakeview. Or just hire a bike for the day and plan your own Chicago cycling tour. As the sun sets, take a memorable city lights bike ride. See the sights by water on a river cruise. Take an adrenaline-charged ride in a speedboat across Lake Michigan, or relax into the evening on a romantic dinner cruise. Then take the action indoors on a Chicago Club Crawl.
Tours & Tickets
This comprehensive half-day tour of Chicago is the perfect introduction to the Windy City! Discover the highlights of Chicago’s North Side and South Side and ... Read more
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
Discover Chicago's culinary side on this three-hour walking tour to taste the delicious flavors of the Gold Coast and Old Town. Along the way, your guide will ... Read more
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
Start your day with a breathtaking view of Chicago and a hearty breakfast on a glass-enclosed balcony 103 stories up! Ascend to the Skydeck of Willis Tower, ... Read more
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)