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24 Hours in Chicago: Loop & River North

Whether you’re stopping through Chicago on a long layover or driving through on the way to a nearby state, there will definitely be more than enough to keep you busy. Below is a list of how to have a rockin’ time in the Windy City for 24 hours with options depending on what you want to get out of your experience. Despite choosing some touristy things you just can’t miss, I’ve also added a resident-twist to it. 

This post tackles the Loop and River North, the most touristy parts of the city. The Loop is also the business district, so it becomes a ghost town on the weekends and after about 7pm. Look out for future posts on the rest of what this exciting town has to offer!

Morning

Breakfast

Do-Rite Donuts – Not the healthiest or most filling option around, but donuts are a staple breakfast item in Chicago. And Do-Rite does it right. I’m a huge fan of the gluten-free cinnamon & sugar option. I’m not a coffee drinker, but there’s always a line of people waiting to get a cuppa.

Corner Bakery – Need more substance? Like chai latte instead of coffee? Then head next door to Corner Bakery on Randolph St.

10am-12pm: Tour

Free Tours by Foot – City tours are a great way to get a lay of the land somewhere new, and this company offers theirs as pay-what-you-like. To be a true tourist, sign up for the North Loop and Millennium Park Tour and make sure to take pictures of the famous “bean” and the Jay Pritzker Pavilion at the park.

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Nighttime Photo at “The Bean”

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