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Urban Art 101 in Chicago

Urban Art 101 in Chicago
Duration:
2 hours
From:
USD 20.00
In recent years Urban Art has risen in popularity across the world. Making the leap from crime to art, Chicago has become a hub for some amazing local and visiting artists. Join us as we explore some incredible street art and graffiti through one of Chicago's most vibrant neighborhoods, Logan Square. We dive into the history, evolution, and future of the art medium & neighborhood. Put on your favorite pair of paint stained Adidas, grab some Fat Caps, and join us for a truly unique experience!

Chicago Bike Tour

Chicago Bike Tour
Duration:
3.5 to 4 hrs
From:
USD 42.51
<p>Too far to walk, too much traffic to drive--Chicago is best seen on two wheels and bike tours are the perfect way to take in the best of the Windy City in just a few hours. Join us on a cruise through Chicago's best neighborhoods and iconic lakefront!</p>

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Things to do in Chicago if you have a Chicago O`Hare Airport Layover or Extended Chicago O`Hare Airport Stopover


If you have an extended layover at the Chicago O`Hare Airport or staying in town, why not consider getting out with some fun activities? We list a few here and there are many more on Chicago.LayoverIdeas.com.


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Being a hub of traffic and one of the busiest airports in the world, the Chicago O’Hare International Airport is equipped to keep travellers happy with little need to leave the location, even on a fairly long layover.



Inside the Airport


In the B concourse of Terminal 1 stands a four-story high, 72-foot long skeleton of a Brachiosaurus Dinosaur. This model is on loan from the Chicago Field Museum and is one of the largest mounted dinosaurs in the world. Well worth a visit, if you are wondering what to do before your next flight.



In Terminal 2 there is a replica of the WWII F3F-4 fighter plane The Butch O’Hare. The exhibit was flown US Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Lt. Comdr. Edward "Butch" O’Hare and since the Airport was named in his honour, it is certainly worth having a look at while you wait to board a more modern, and hopefully more spacious, aircraft.



If you are travelling with children the Kids on the Fly Children’s Exhibit, also located in Terminal 2 is a must to keep the children occupied. Kids on the Fly is an interactive education and entertaining play area that for children up to twelve years of age and their families. The exhibits displays include an air traffic control tower, a fantasy helicopter, a cargo plane, a luggage station, and more.



"The Sky’s the Limit", designed by Michael Hayden, is a 744 foot long kinetic neon sculpture of light and sound located in the pedestrian tunnel between concourses B and C in Terminal. Once again, without leaving the airport you can while away the time before you flight with something interesting and very different.





Off-site Activities


If you really feel the need to get away from the airport for a few hours it is better to have a long layover. Chicago O’Hare is located 29Km from Downtown Chicago and with enough time to spare there are a few great places to visit.



Navy Pier


If you have the time then Navy Pier is a great place to spend your layover. It offers everything from Rides & Attractions to Entertainment to Boats/Cruises with plenty of shopping and eating places to choose from too. Navy Pier is about 45 minutes to an hour by car from O’Hare International Airport, so make sure you have plenty of time to enjoy your escape before you need to return for your onward flight.



Take in a Museum


Chicago's set of museums and cultural institutions are among the best in the world. Three of them are located within a short walk of each other in the Near South, on what is known as the Museum Campus, in a beautiful spot along the lake: the Adler Planetarium, with all sorts of cool hands-on space exhibits and astronomy shows; the Field Museum of Natural History, which features SUE, the giant Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton, and a plethora of Egyptian treasures; and the Shedd Aquarium, with dolphins, whales, sharks, and the best collection of marine life east of California. A short distance away, in Hyde Park, is the most fun of them all, the Museum of Science and Industry — or, as generations of Chicago-area grammar school students know it, the best field trip ever.


In the Loop, the Art Institute of Chicago has a handful of iconic household names among an unrivaled collection of Impressionism, modern and classical art, and tons of historical artifacts. And in Lincoln Park, a short trip from the Loop, the cheerful (and free) Lincoln Park Zoo welcomes visitors every day of the week, with plentiful highlights like the Regenstein Center for African Apes.

 

Check out Frank Lloyd Wright's Architecture


From the sternly classical to the space-age, from the Gothic to the coolly modern, Chicago is a place with an embarrassment of architectural riches. Frank Lloyd Wright fans will swoon to see his earliest buildings in Chicago, where he began his professional career and established the Prairie School architectural style, with numerous homes in Hyde Park/Kenwood, Oak Park, and Rogers Park — over 100 buildings in the Chicago metropolitan area!


Go Cycling


Chicago has a strong, passionate bicycle culture, and riding opportunities abound. Pedaling your way around the city is one of the best ways to get to know Chicago. The scenic Lakefront Trail runs for 18 continuous miles along the city's beautiful shoreline. And the terrain is mostly flat — a boon for easy-going cyclists! Bobby's Bike Hike has the official city concession, with a central bike rental location near Navy Pier.

 

In terms of things to do on a layover there are worse places to be stuck at the airport than at Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

 

As always, make sure you leave plenty of time to get back to ORD Chicago O`Hare International Airport and clear security in time for your connecting flight. Enjoy your transit city rather than whiling away the time leaning up against your luggage in the departures lounge.

Chicago Attractions

Operation City Quest Scavenger Hunt - Naperville, IL

Operation City Quest Scavenger Hunt - Naperville, ILDuration:
2 hours
From:
USD 10.00
Operation City Quest is an open world scavenger hunt, in which you use your smartphone along with a remote guide to seek out 150+ items including monuments, statues, and unique points of interest.  Challenges and trivia from your guide makes Operation City Quest fun for the whole family. This downtown adventure game is played for two hours while walking about 2 miles.<br>

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Operation City Quest Scavenger Hunt - Chicago, IL

Operation City Quest Scavenger Hunt - Chicago, ILDuration:
2 hours
From:
USD 10.00
Operation City Quest is an open world scavenger hunt, in which you use your smartphone along with a remote guide to seek out 150+ items including monuments, statues, and unique points of interest.  Challenges and trivia from your guide makes Operation City Quest fun for the whole family. This downtown adventure game is played for two hours while walking about 2 miles.<br>

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Clue-Gathering Adventure Game - Chicago, IL

Clue-Gathering Adventure Game - Chicago, ILDuration:
2 hours
From:
USD 10.00
3Quest Challenge is a digital adventure game that takes you around the city to complete 3 Quests using your smartphone. <br>You'll start out at a Home Base, then the game will lead you on 3 Quests around the city. Each Quest has 3 checkpoints. At each checkpoint, you'll answer a question to collect a clue, and then perform a challenge. For each question you answer correctly, you score a point! After you've completed the Quests, you'll come back to your Home Base to solve your final puzzle using the clues you've collected, and get even more points by solving the final puzzle correctly!<br>The objective is to have fun, score the most points, and correctly solve the final puzzle! You can form teams, race your friends, or just have an afternoon of fun with family and friends. Oh, and remember that you are not alone; you have a guide that is just a call or text away that can help throughout your adventure!<br>

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Macy's State Street Historical Store Tour

MacyDuration:
1 hour
From:
USD 12.00
Experience a historic store tour of Macy's on State Street and learn how Macy's has become America's largest department store, with over 800 locations and more than 150 years of retailing history. Originally Marshall Fields, tour highlights include the breathtaking Tiffany vaulted ceiling, the graceful Burnham fountain, the world-renowned Walnut Room restaurant and a taste of the famous Frango® Mint Chocolates. Tour will consist of no more than 12 people and all guests will receive the 10% Visitor Savings Pass!

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Chicago Scavenger Hunt Adventure

Chicago Scavenger Hunt AdventureDuration:
3 hours
From:
USD 15.00
Turn Chicago into a giant game board with this fun scavenger hunt adventure! This challenge combines the excitement of the Amazing Race with a 3-hour city walking tour. Guided from any smart phone, teams make their way among well known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history.

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LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago Admission Ticket

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago Admission TicketDuration:
7 hours
From:
USD 16.69
LEGOLAND® Discovery Center, a giant indoor LEGO world designed for families with children aged 3 to 10, is located in Schaumburg's Streets of Woodfield shopping center. The 30,000-square-foot attraction features activities ranging from hands-on LEGO play to life-sized LEGO adventures designed to provide several hours of family entertainment centered around the iconic interlocking colored bricks. <span class='vSpecial'><p>Special Offer - Price displayed includes a 20% discount off the local admission price! - Book Now!</p></span>

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Physical Festival Pass in Chicago

Physical Festival Pass in ChicagoDuration:
1 to 9 days
From:
USD 18.00
<strong>Physical Festival is a contemporary, visual, and physical theater festival.</strong>  <br /> <br />The fifth annual Physical Festival will be nine whirlwind days of physical theatre programming featuring four shows from around the world, a hometown master, master classes with international guest artists, and a Scratch Night featuring new short works from local performers. <br /> <br />For details of the shows go to: www.physicalfestival.com/shows

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Urban Art 101 in Chicago

Urban Art 101 in ChicagoDuration:
2 hours
From:
USD 20.00
In recent years Urban Art has risen in popularity across the world. Making the leap from crime to art, Chicago has become a hub for some amazing local and visiting artists. Join us as we explore some incredible street art and graffiti through one of Chicago's most vibrant neighborhoods, Logan Square. We dive into the history, evolution, and future of the art medium & neighborhood. Put on your favorite pair of paint stained Adidas, grab some Fat Caps, and join us for a truly unique experience!

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Last Updated: 14 Dec 2020