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.
From Bernie's, head over to Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art, one of the oldest and largest art museums in the United States. Tour some of the many ever-changing exhibits.
If you have time for a full meal, head over to nearby Entente. The modern American restaurant just earned a Michelin star and serves a variety of high-quality dishes to surprise and delight.
If you only have a couple of hours to kill before your flight, head back to the Loop for drinks or a bite at Cindy's, a rooftop spot just a few blocks away from the hotel. Cindy's is known for its unbeatable views and delicious cocktails, and bonus: You'll have a prime view of "the Bean," in case you didn't make time to see it earlier in the weekend. There's simply no better way to end a perfect Chicago weekend.
And now, you don't have to be a tourist to visit these 10 attractions in Chicago.