How to Experience the Best of Chicago in 48 Hours

Who doesn't love a weekend away, especially when it's a short flight from home? While New York, Los Angeles, and Miami may seem like obvious choices, Chicago is gaining traction as one of the hottest cities to visit this year, and for good reason—it's a quick flight away from most American cities, and it has a booming restaurant and art scene to boot.

The only issue: planning. Between the dozens of (more or less reliable) city guides out there and the late nights at the office that allow you to take a half-day off on Friday, there isn't much time to plan a quality itinerary. But fear not: If you want to get away but have not a single second to plan your trip, we've got you covered.

We crafted the perfect Chicago itinerary to follow, even if you only have 48 hours in the city. All you have left to do is make a couple of dinner reservations. Start packing your bags and book a flight—these are the uncontested best things to do in Chicago.

And now, you don't have to be a tourist to visit these 10 attractions in Chicago.