Where will you go if you only have a few hours to see places in Chicago? I had a very limited time when I visited my friend Mark who lives in the Windy City. Since it was my first time to visit Chicago, I asked him to bring me to popular destinations in the city.

And here they are:

Adler Planetarium

Address: 1300 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago
Opening hours: Weekdays 9:30am–4pm, weekends 9:30am–4:30pm. Summer daily 9:30am–6pm.
Entrance Fee: $12, seniors $10, kids ages 3–11 $8; discounts for Chicago residents $2–$3

Grant Park

Address: 337 E Randolph St, Chicago
Opening hours: Daily 6am-11pm.

Navy Pier

Address: 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago
Opening hours: Mon–Thu 10am–8pm; Fri, Sat 10am–10pm; Sun 10am–7pm. See website for extended seasonal hours.


Address: Runs along Wacker Dr and the south bank of the Chicago River

Chicago Lake Michigan

Where you can have a gorgeous view of Chicago’s skyline!

Millennium Park

Address: 103 N. Michigan Ave.
Opening Hours:Daily 6am-11pm.

Visit Chinatown for food


Where to stay in Chicago.

I always use hotels.com to search for affordable hotels and accommodations.

Check out this link for deals: Chicago hotel deals: Visit the windy city!

Or search for a hotel in Chicago that is within your travel budget.

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See more of my Illinois travels.

See also: My other travel adventures.