Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Chicago

Mon Apr 5, 2010 9:27am EDT
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By Julie Mollins

CHICAGO (Reuters Life!) - Got 48 hours to explore Chicago, the Midwest city renowned for its innovative architecture?

Chicago holds a reputation in North America for being a city of culture, with opulent art, architecture and shopping venues that appeal to people from all walks of life.

One of the best ways to enjoy Chicago is on foot, but the "Windy City" on Lake Michigan also offers transit by train, bus, cab and water taxi, which can help tourists cover a lot of terrain easily.


5 p.m. - Sip a Mojito Chic cocktail made from 10-cane rum at the Lobby Bar & Lounge in the Marriott Hotel on the Magnificent Mile before setting out along the upscale shopping strip known for such iconic structures as the Wrigley Building and the Tribune Tower.

7 p.m. - Enjoy spectacular views of the city and Lake Michigan while dining in the Signature Lounge on the 96th floor of the John Hancock Center on Michigan Avenue, a 100-storey building with a screened outdoor observatory. Sample cocktails or opt to eat a range of appetizers, including the baked Brie and the chipotle guacamole, instead of a full meal.


9:30 a.m. - Take the "Chicago Architecture Foundation Highlights by Bus" tour, which covers such notable areas as the Loop, Hyde Park, the Gold Coast, the lakefront and historic neighborhoods. The tour includes stops at works by such internationally renowned architects as Frank Lloyd Wright, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Rem Koolhaas and others.   Continued...