Chicago short getaway day two, morning
Start your second day exploring one or two of Chicago’s finest museums. Try the Art Institute of Chicago for its collection of 20th-century European paintings and Himalayan art. The Field Museum of Natural History, a few miles southeast on the shoreline, holds the largest Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil ever discovered. Or take a virtual reality trip into the outer reaches of the galaxy at the Adler Planetarium.
Start: Art Institute of Chicago
Nearest El station: Adams Street
Take the brown El train line up to Armitage Avenue and spend a leisurely afternoon strolling fashionable Lincoln Park. Start with a burger and cold drink at John Barleycorn, a relaxing neighborhood pub. Browse the smattering of clothing boutiques, coffees shops and bookstores south on Halsted Street, Clark Street and Armitage Avenue. Learn about Chicago’s gangster past at the Chicago History Museum, or come face to face with the gorillas, the star attraction at Lincoln Park Zoo.
Start: John Barleycorn
Nearest El station: Fullerton Avenue
End your Chicago short getaway on the Near North side with a juicy steak at Mike Ditka’s Restaurant. Then taxi over to Second City, the comedy club where Tina Fey got her first laughs. If the Chicago Cubs are in town, a hot dog, a cold beer and a bleacher seat at Wrigley Field tops off a perfect evening.
Start: Mike Ditka’s Restaurant
Nearest El station: Chicago Avenue