I was traveling through Chicago and due to a train delay I had to rebook my flight. I now had a 3-hour layover. I decided to see what I could see in the loop in the three hour time.
I used the DIVVY 24 hour pass to rent a bike for the day. Also, download the Divvy app so that you know where to drop off the bikes as you explore the locations around you. Do make sure you watch the video so that you understand how the 24-hour pass works and how you can make the most of it.
1. Millennium Monument
Located in the northwest section of Millennium Park. This is a nearly full-size replica of the semicircle of paired Roman Doric-style columns. This area also contains a fountain and also goes by the name of Wrigley Square.
2. Cloud Gate
Also known as the bean, Cloud Gate is a natural interactive sculpture that reflects the splendor of Chicago Skyline. It’s called the Could Gate because 80% of the sculpture reflects the sky.
3. Crown Fountain
This is another interactive work of art. It’s a reflecting pool between two glass brick towers. This has also been one of the most controversial installations as it was thought not to have the same aesthetic look as rest of the park.
4. Jay Pritzker Pavilion
This is a great outdoor concert venue with state of the art sound system.
5. Maggie Daley Park
This park completed its construction in 2014. It has a fantastic ice skating rink during winter and has rock climbing walls and tennis courts.
6. Grant Park
This park is located next to the business district and has various attractions.
7. Buckingham Fountain
This fountain is located in the center of Grant Park is a good quick stop in during 3-hour tour.
8. Shedd Aquarium and Adler Planetarium
Though you might not have time to enter and see these attractions you can get some of the best views of the Chicago skyline from these locations.
9. Navy Pier
This is another great place to take your children and also to get another great view of the city skyline.
10. Monroe Harbor
This is one of the best views to see the various boats on the north side of Chicago. Centrally located for a good hang out spot.
If you found this useful or have other recommendations for a quick visit to Chicago, please let me know in the comments below!