Only 24 hours in Chicago you say? I know, after returning from Japan you’d think we’d be ready to stay home and take a break from our travels. However, Logan had surprised me with tickets on our anniversary to see Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett in Chicago a few days after our return. Yeah, we might be crazy! So we unpacked, repacked, and hitched a ride on the Amtrak from St. Louis to Chicago. Let’s just say that public transit in the United States is much less appealing and s-l-o-w in comparison to that of Japan.
When we first arrived we quickly took the next train to the Ravinia Festival, an outdoor amphitheater located in Highland Park. When thinking about most of the outdoor amphitheaters we have been to they have typically all had a decent lawn seat (unless of course you’re at Woodstock, Lollapalooza, or Bonnaroo).
However, the Ravinia Festival was not what we expected. Instead we found ourselves surrounded by a huge crowd of people! We thought we would be only hearing the concert from the outdoor speakers until we had a bit of luck. We met a couple who were season ticket holders for the Ravinia. They were able to get us inside in a quicker line and helped us get terrific seats as close as we could to the stage.
Since it was late when the concert was over we decided to head back to our hotel near the Ravinia to get a decent nights sleep as we knew we’d be rushing all over the city the next day!
The next morning we had a little less than 12 hours to enjoy as much as we could in Chicago so we headed towards the downtown area.
Here are some of the top things to do if you only have 24 hours in Chicago.
1. Visit Millennium Park
2. Enjoy Chicago-style deep dish pizza
3. Visit the Art Institute of Chicago Museum
4. Grab a snack for the road
Photo credit: Garrett’s Popcorn