Chicago: Three Days, Three Ways
Chicago is known for its dramatic architecture, which soars above an otherwise flat landscape. But there’s also plenty to check out on the ground. Here, we’ve got three amazing ways to see the city from a whole new vantage point.
Pedal Across the City
With over 2,500 light blue Divvy Bikes parked around town, it’s easy to explore via cycle. For $7 you get 24 hours of unlimited 30-minute rides. Download the app CycleFinder, which will help you locate the nearest station. Here, the perfect cycling itinerary.
Divvy Bikes, available throughout the city. (Photo: Daniel X. O’Neil)
Stop 1: Millennium Park British artist Anish Kapoor’s the Bean (aka Cloud Gate) is highly photographed. But don’t skip Millennium Park’s other cool sights: the two 50-foot glass towers of Crown Fountain, the stunning BP Pedestrian Bridge, the ultra-modern Lurie Garden, and Jay Pritzker Pavilion, which hosts free concerts.
A high-tech stairway at the Art Institute of Chicago. (Photo: Michelle Lee)
Stop 2: The Art Institute of Chicago This world-renowned museum is a must for its contemporary-art collection—and it’s easier to navigate than many institutions in the same league. Download their AIC Tours app to create a customized tour. And check out the Thorne Room Miniatures—perfect for anyone who has ever owned a dollhouse. For stunning views, lunch at Terzo Piano, in the museum’s Contemporary Wing, can’t be beat. Another option: The Gage, just across Michigan Avenue. Order the What Diet Burger—and keep on biking.
Stop 3: Navy Pier Touristy, but worth it, Navy Pier has a convenient Divvy station. Lock your bike and stroll along the pier’s north side for breathtaking views of Chicago, followed by a visit to the gorgeous Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows.
A Chicago Water Taxi tour of the river. (Photo: Sean Hayford O’Leary)