24 Hours in Chicago with a Babe

We recently attended a wedding in New Buffalo, Michigan and decided to spend a day in Chicago on our way. We were able to fit quite a bit of eating and sightseeing into our trip.


The Art Institute of Chicago - a spectacular museum. Their modern art collection is beyond incredible. A docent told me they also have an impressionist collection that people travel from all over the globe to view.

Pablo Picasso Mother and Child

Pablo Picasso Mother and Child

Millennium Park - Millennium park is a great place to stroll around. The park itself is beautiful and there are several art installations that are great to view.

Architectural Boat Tour - I didn’t get to do this one, but a friend who went to medical school in Chicago absolutely loves this and has gone on the tour more than three times. I trust her.



Café Integral - I love a good alternative milk latte created from exceptional coffee by people who care. This hip shop inside The Freehand Hotel does the trick.

Xoco - Rick Bayless’s grab and go concept. Grab a sandwich and eat it along the riverwalk

Tanoshii - We went to the original location in Andersonville, ordered the chef’s special and proceeded to eat the best sushi I’ve ever had aside from in Tokyo.

Pizza- we didn’t eat at THE best spot, so I crowdsourced some recommendations from my native Chicago and serious foodie friends. The winners? Lou Malnati’s and Pequod’s

Real Good Juice - I seek out the local juice companies wherever I go. Cities like New York and Miami have several options, I was only able to find Real Good Juice in Chicago. My “Juice Springsteen” was delish.



Run along the lake - in my opinion, there is no better way to view a city than to run through it. Chicago’s lakeside path allows for a refreshing run with stunning lake and city views.

Corepower Yoga - if you have a chance to step away and get in a yoga class, Corepower Yoga is one of my favorite studios in the country.

for the Kids

Head to the playground - search for a nearby playground here.


Go to the theater - Chicago Children’s Theatre is dedicated shows for children and families

Head to the Field Museum of Natural History, the Adler Planetarium, or the Shedd Aquarium.

I’d love to hear about your favorite things to do in Chicago in the comments below.

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