Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Activities Outside Chicago's O'Hare Airport During a Long Layover

If you’re planning to be at Chicago’s O’Hare airport but have a long layover ahead of you (at least a few hours) and don’t want to pass your time at the airport, there are lots of things you can do and see while you’re here.

If you don’t want to take a taxi, you can very easily take Chicago’s “L” train downtown using the Blue Line. It’s only $2.25 per single ride (or you can purchase a 1-day Visitor’s Pass for $5.75), only takes about 45 minutes to get to downtown, and you can access the train right in the airport’s lower level so you don’t even have to leave the airport to get on. If you get off the train at the Monroe St. Stop you will be right in downtown Chicago with access to myriad sights and activities, all mainly along Michigan Ave. Go to www.transitchicago.com for more L-train information (fares, train maps, construction delays, etc.).

Here is a short list of activities you can enjoy in downtown Chicago and still be back in time to catch your flight:

Art Institute of Chicago

Located at 111 S. Michigan Ave., the Art Institute of Chicago is well within walking distance to the Monroe. St. stop from the L-train. Visit http://www.artic.edu/aic/ for museum information.

Chicago Water Tower

The Chicago Water Tower located at 800 N. Michigan Ave. is a Chicago landmark built in 1869 that survived the famous Chicago Fire of 1871. Although the tower is no longer functional, anyone who appreciates great architecture and history will enjoy the timeless limestone brickwork and the palace-like towers.

The Magnificent Mile

Chicago’s Michigan Ave. is better known as “The Magnificent Mile” because of its seemingly never ending row of shops, restaurants and culture. If you love shopping, you need not go any farther than this “Rodeo Drive of the Midwest” on Michigan Ave. Visit www.themagnificentmile.com for more information and a list of seasonal events.

John Hancock Center

The 100-story John Hancock Center is currently the fourth tallest building in Chicago (source: Wikipedia) located at 875 N. Michigan Ave. A short ride in the elevator and you’ll be treated to a breathtaking view atop Chicago where you will literally be able to see for miles and miles. Go to www.hancock-observatory.com for details or to buy tickets.

Navy Pier

Located at 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago’s Navy Pier is touted as “Chicago’s Lakefront Playground” and is the Midwest’s #1 tourist destination. Offering a diverse array of attractions, rides, gardens, theater, shopping and restaurants, there is definitely something for everyone at Navy Pier. Visit www.navypier.com for more information.

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