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With countless museums, restaurants and theaters to experience in the city, a standard Friday to Sunday trip is rarely enough to see it all. If your vacation time is limited, take advantage of an upcoming long, holiday weekend when scheduling your trip to the Windy City. Based on your interests, choose a focus to guide your itinerary and to make the most of the extra day.
Expand your thinking
Chicago is home to numerous world-famous museums where you can learn about history, conservation, space and more. Head to the city’s lakefront Museum Campus where you can easily fit in visits to The Field Museum of Natural History, the Shedd Aquarium and the Adler Planetarium. To get in touch with your artistic side, consider an additional stop at the Art Institute of Chicago.  If you wish to visit all of them, try using CityPass or GoChicago Card to save on entrance fees.
Try something new
A long weekend presents an opportunity to experience the city like the locals. Think beyond the standard tourist attractions and check out sites like the diverse Green City Market, the city’s only year-round, sustainable farmer’s market. During the summer months, visit Millennium Park to enjoy local music or a free movie.
Enjoy some R&R
While Chicago is a sprawling urban city, it also has thousands of acres of green space for visitors to enjoy. You can escape the hustle and bustle of the city by grabbing a new book and relaxing in Lincoln Park on the north side or Jackson Park, where the Museum of Science and Industry resides. For the ultimate day of pampering, schedule a spa day at the top-rated Allure De Vie Salon & Day Spa or the Spa at Dana.
Shop ‘til you drop
The Magnificent Mile, a 13-block stretch of North Michigan Avenue, is the ultimate destination for even the most sophisticated shopper. Don’t miss Water Tower Place where you have access to eight stories of stores, restaurants and entertainment options. Outside the Loop, you can find an eclectic set of shops and boutiques on Armitage Avenue between Old Town and Lincoln Park.
Get moving
A long weekend in Chicago doesn’t have to revolve solely around eating and drinking. Burn some calories while also seeing the sites by using the city’s bike sharing system, Divvy Bikes. Purchase a 24-hour pass and check out scenic areas like the 20-mile lakefront trail along Lake Michigan. Multiple walking tours also give you the chance to enjoy the historic architecture while racking up steps on your Fitbit.