The Midwest melting pot of Chicago is more than just one big city — it’s 77 different neighborhoods smashed together on Lake Michigan’s shores. It’s better to look at this in terms of regions. Here’s a quick guide to help you plan your trip.
Office buildings, landmarks, and touristy spots make up Chicago’s skyline and repopulate an area once destroyed by a massive fire. Start your day at Skydeck or 360 Chicago, the two best views in the city with insane opportunities to suspend yourself high over the streets. Head into River North for quinoa cakes and poached eggs at Beatrix, or donuts at Bohemian House. Hit the Gold Coast after to see grand mansions in one of the oldest parts of the city. Just south from there, stop at Navy Pier in Streeterville — if it’s summer, you may catch the weekly fireworks. Have lunch at Artist’s Café across from Millennium Park in the Loop; explore Cloudgate and Maggie Daley Park on your way into the South Loop for a trip to Northerly Island, one of the remaining relics from the Chicago’s World’s Fair. Finish up with dinner at Joy Yee Noodles in Chinatown.