By Alex Schnee
If you have a limited amount of time in the “Windy City,” you want to know that you are seeing pretty much everything while you are there. This can be a challenge since Chicago is known for its many museums, shows, and excellent dining spots. When you are looking for a way to see it all, you might have to consider some unconventional ways of getting around.
Here are some new ways you can explore the best parts of Chicago.
Consider a scavenger hunt
A Chicago scavenger hunt might not be the first thing you think about when you are planning on seeing the top sights of the city, but it can be one of the most fun and best ways to get a chance to visit the main attractions. If you have children or friends traveling along with you, it can also be a way to liven up the adventure and add a unique touch that you might not get from traditional forms of sightseeing. Whether you are planning a destination bachelorette party or you are traveling alone and looking to make new friends, a scavenger hunt is a good way to go.
Take a walking tour
Like a scavenger hunt, a walking tour can take you to some locations that you might not otherwise visit. Many are free (which can be the perfect option for the budget traveler), while others are based on a certain theme. History buffs and those interested in architecture can find walking tours especially enjoyable—you’re likely to learn something new that you might not have just from reading the guidebooks. You can often find walking routes online or a tour that will take you to all the main stops.
Think about a food tour
Chicago is a city best discovered through its dishes. These include pizza, hot dogs, and much more. A food tour can introduce you to some new favorites or help you to point out the best options. You can also choose which ones are suited to your dietary restrictions—even if you are gluten-free, you’re sure to find a tour that is built for you. Food is a great way to get to know a local culture, and Chicago is well-known for being one of the best cities in the United States for fabulous meals.
Get out and walk
Whether you decide to take a walking tour or not, skipping the taxi or the public transportation might in fact be the best way to see the city. Chicago’s main areas are easily walkable, and you can get a better sense of what it is like to live there as a local by strapping on your walking shoes and hitting the pavement. It’s also a much better option for the environment because you are reducing your carbon intake by choosing to stroll rather than take a car or Uber.
Chicago is a great city, and it’s always fun to find new ways to explore. By choosing one of the methods above, you’re bound to get off-the-beaten path and enjoy your time there more.