Chicago is large enough to sustain thousands of restaurants, hundreds of parks and dozens of museums. But only because it’s also large enough to sustain a population of 2.7 million people, spread out over more than 200 square miles. So if you’ve only got a day to spend in the city, choose depth over breadth. All of the destinations included in this art-inspired itinerary are within walking distance of the Blue Line – a 24-hour train line that passes through a few of the city’s hippest neighborhoods.
Traffic is worse in Chicago, in terms of congestion, than it is in New York or Los Angeles. So leave your car at home and catch the 8:05 a.m. train into the city. From Union Station (225 S. Canal St.), you can walk to your first stop of the day.
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A five-minute walk from the museum, Monteverde(1020 W. Madison St.) is an elegantly understated Italian restaurant. Snag a seat near the restaurant’s open kitchen, and watch the chefs knead and roll out the dough for your pasta (you must order pasta) while sipping prosecco.
Now that you’ve got a bit of a buzz, you’d better put something in your stomach, and it might as well be something delicious. So head back south along the Blue Line, to the newly opened Cabra Cevicheria. Perched atop the buzzy Hoxton Hotel(200 N. Green St.), this Peruvian restaurant enjoys panoramic views of the city and even better views of its chic clientele, who pack the place every night of the week.
You can’t go wrong with any of Cabra’s signature ceviche dishes (left). And its pisco sours (right) are a delight too. If you drink too many, you can always book a room at the Hoxton, and swim a few laps in its rooftop pool before returning home.
Give yourself some time to walk back to Union Station, so that you’re ready to board the 9:15 p.m. bus bound for Milwaukee. You can catch some Zs on your way home, or start planning your next day trip.
More to explore
GARFIELD PARK CONSERVATORY: One of the largest greenhouses in the United States, the Garfield Park Conservatory houses more than 2,000 species of plants spread out across eight indoor show houses and 10 acres of outdoor gardens. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. 300 N. Central Park Ave.
OAK STREET BEACH: This isn’t the largest beach in Chicago, but it may be the most popular. And it definitely boasts the best view – sometimes the glittering steel and glass skyscrapers that rise above Lake Shore Drive can even be seen refl ected in the surface of the water. 1000 N. Lake Shore Dr.
Lindsey Anderson covers culture for Milwaukee Magazine. Before joining the MilMag team she worked as an editor at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and wrote freelance articles for ArtSlant and Eater.
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