It was my first time in the windy city and I arrived here from India on a Thursday evening. So you may ask, why did I choose to spend 3 days in Chicago? The answer is very simple. I had a cousin there and it seemed like a safe bet while booking my tickets when rest of my itinerary was yet to be planned.
Table Of Contents
- 1 Three Days in Chicago Itinerary
- 1.1 What to expect at Immigration in the USA
- 1.2 Chicago Metra System
- 1.3 Places to see in Chicago in three days
- 1.4 Booking Resources
Three Days in Chicago Itinerary
What to expect at Immigration in the USA
Thankfully my turn finally came and it went quite smoothly. As usual, she was quite impressed with my passport and she wanted to know why it took such a long time to get back to the US after my first visit. They ask you basic questions and my only advice is to answer them truthfully. Then she proceeded to scan my fingerprints and take my photo. Since I have only 9 fingers, I made her aware of the fact and she made the appropriate changes in her system. Soon I was done and on my way to collect my baggage.
I was not stopped at customs since I was not carrying anything other than clothes and gifts for family and friends. I just gave them the filled declaration form and they let me through. Soon my cousin came and we were on our way to his house in Westmont, a quiet suburban locality, around 30 minutes from the city center. On the way, we stopped for buying dinner and a SIM card from one of the local supermarkets.
By then I could not keep my eyes open and I immediately went to sleep after taking a hot shower. Jet lag can definitely be a bother at such times. I did not do much in the morning the next day and I spent the entire morning loitering around the building clicking my first selfies in the US. My cousin was working from home that day and I did my best to disturb him. After all, isn’t that what cousins are for? I think he finally got tired of me and he decided to drop me at the railway station after lunch.
Chicago Metra System
Metra is the railway system that connects the suburbs to the Union station at the city center. However, when we got there, we realized that the train is there only once every 50 minutes and the next one was not due for another 40 minutes. I took a stroll around the place. It is a small neighbourhood and you can find few charming stores around the place.
Places to see in Chicago in three days
There are so many things to do in Chicago. Listing some of them in no order.
It takes around 30 minutes by train to get to Chicago city centre. The first place I went to was the Willis Tower or the Sears tower as it is commonly known. It is the tallest tower in Chicago. However, the wait time was quite high and I ended up waiting for more than an hour to get to the Skydeck. The wait is definitely worth it since the view of Chicago from up there is phenomenal. You should definitely check out the Ledge if you have the guts. It was funny to see so many people scared to get into the Ledge.
Chicago Lakefront and Shedd’s Aquarium
Chicago Field Museum of Natural History
Next stop was the Field Museum of Natural history. Some of the exhibits here are good but somehow not as impressive as other museums in the country. Maybe I should have done this first and then gone to the Aquarium.
Chicago Tribune Tower
Chicago Architecture River Tour
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