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48 Hours in Chicago: Turn Your Business Trip Into a Vacation

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Short Time in the Windy City? These Spots Will Help You Make the Most of It

So your next business trip is taking you to Chicago, one of the Midwest’s most notable and dynamic cities. For its history, its culture, its role in the development of the America we know, Chicago remains a cultural touchstone, and a city that demands repeat visits to even scratch the surface of all it offers.

There’s nothing wrong with stealing some alone time during your next trip to the Windy City, but if you don’t have a lot of time on your hands, it can be hard to find places that offer bang for your buck and your short time frame.

Of course, there are a ton of nationally-known landmarks and museums in Chicago: the Shedd Aquarium, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago History Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and many more. But when you don’t have a lot of time on your hands, these might not be the best options for filling your day.

We know you want to enjoy your trip, and to help you make the most of your short time, we’ve listed a few of our favorite spots in the city.

The Field Museum

1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago

Field Museum

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Founded in 1893, the Field Museum presents its visitors with a vast range of artifacts, fossils and relics that trace the existence of life through time. From dinosaur skeletons, tombs and artifacts from ancient Egypt and studies of prehistoric peoples to interactive labs, children’s exhibits, life-sized replicas of ancient human dwellings and more, your afternoon at the Field Museum is sure to fly by in fascination and intrigue. Also located close to downtown Chicago and convenient to business centers in the area to minimize travel times.

Open 9 am-5 pm every day, except Christmas; last admission is at 4 pm. Tickets are $31 for adults.

International Museum of Surgical Science

1524 North Lake Shore Drive, Chicago


Photo Credit: Peter Merholz

This four-floor museum offers visitors the chance to see some of the most amazing artifacts in the history of medicine; from early surgical tools and apparatuses to exhibits on the medicinal and surgical advances made in cultures throughout history, each floor offers a fascinating array of objects and replicas. Here are a few of the exhibits you can expect to enjoy at IMSS:

+The Universal Condition: Enduring and Alleviating Pain

+Anatomy in the Gallery

+Japan Hall of Fame

+Beyond Broken Bones

+Nursing: Care for a Changing World

+Polio Exhibit

IMSS is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 am-4 pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am-5pm.

Admission is $15 for adults.

Wright Around Oak Park Tour

Frank Lloyd Wright Home

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Oak Park, a Chicago suburb, was the site of one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s first personal homes; today, Oak Park contains various examples of some of Wright’s greatest work, including the studio where he revolutionized the Prairie Style and the architecturally breathtaking Unity Temple.

The tour will take you to various stops around Oak Park and give you access to some of Frank Lloyd Wright’s little-seen artifacts:

+A neighborhood walking tour featuring 10 Frank Lloyd Wright Homes

+Expanded home and studio tour

+A trip to the Unity Temple

The tour takes about three hours; tickets are $60 for non-members.

Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art

756 North Milwaukee Avenue


Photo Credit: Laurie Little

For the past quarter-century, Intuit in Chicago has been the only non-profit in the United States dedicated solely to providing a spotlight for self-taught artists, relying on funding from members, donations, foundations, the Illinois Art Council and state agencies. Intuit houses over 1,000 pieces of unique art and features constantly rotating exhibits from visiting artists. There are also art shows, receptions, thrift sales and more.

Intuit is open to the public on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday from 11 am-6pm, on Thursday from 11 am-7:30 pm, and on Sunday from 12 pm-5 pm.

Admission is $5.

Car Service to Cut Down on Time and Frustration

If you have a limited amount of time in the city, you don’t want to waste any of it trying to find transportation.

OML Worldwide offers a variety of vehicles to help accommodate you as you explore Chicago. You won’t have to rely on questionable cabs or ride-sharing services; we employ only professional chauffeurs who know the city well. Chicago car service is the secret to a comfortable and stress-free trip to these amazing museums.

Book your vehicle today; then all you need to worry about is choosing the best attractions to fill your short visit.

Top Photo Credit: Bert Kaufmann

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Dale Schahczinski
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