Chicago 101 – Must-See Attractions If You Have Only 1 Day or Less in the City and Tours That Can Help You See Them
If you find yourself in the Windy City for a seminar or a short business trip and your sightseeing time frame is limited to a day or less, here are your best options for seeing the best the city has to offer in a short amount of time.
• Chicago North Side Tour
If you are on a budget, this is a cost-effective option that gives you plenty of bang for the buck. This sightseeing tour will take you on an exploration of the city’s main business district, State Street, and the famous Loop while you cruise down the Chicago River.
• Chicago Grand ½ Day Tour
A fast, yet comprehensive tour of the Windy City, this tour explores North and South Chicago as well giving you a scenic look at the city’s Outer Drive. You’ll go past beautiful Washington Park as well as Grant Park, and take a stop for a 20-minute visit at the Lincoln Park Conservatory. A stop at the Adler Planetarium will allow you plenty of photo ops and you’ll also get a close view of the famed Wrigley Tower. This is one of the best quick overview tours of the city to be found.
• Chicago Progressive Dining Tour
Want to sample some of the best cuisine the Windy City has to offer? Then this is the tour for you. You’ll be shuttled about town in a comfortable coach bus and enjoy fine dining over a 3-hour period. You’ll visit three of Chicago’s best restaurants and enjoy appetizers with a glass of wine, followed up by a main course and soft drinks, coffee, and dessert tops off a hearty meal.
While between restaurants on the coach, a guide will offer some fun facts and trivia about the city.
• Chicago Sunset Dinner Cruise with Buffet
If you are looking for a romantic evening for two, the Chicago Sunset Dinner Tour is the perfect choice. You and your date will spend three hours on a luxury cruise on Lake Michigan and in addition to a great all-you-can-eat buffet meal, you can enjoy a dance party with a live DJ. You can also stand on deck and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Chicago skyline.
• Chicago City Sights Helicopter Tour
If you want a birds-eye view of the Windy City, the Chicago City Sights Tour is the way to go. You will have a magnificent view from the clouds of Lake Michigan and do fly-bys of several skyscrapers including United Center and right over Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs Major League Baseball Team.
If you only have a short time to tour the city, it is in your best interest to seek out a professional to help you take in some of the best sites, while avoiding the tourist traps that have little to offer. Any of these tours will be well worth your time and you can thank us later for the great time you’re going to have.