Sometimes when on an adventure travel trip there is not enough time to experience a city, park, or any destination to its maximum. Due to a transportation layover a traveler might find themselves in a city with a very narrow time frame to explore.
These small time frames to get out and experience a city are called an adventure travel quickie. Instead of staying in a boring airport lobby and reading on an uncomfortable bench, get out and see something. The quickie concept is not reserved for traveling as it can be applied to all fun activities.
On Sunday I got a tweet from one of my favorite travel cohorts and bloggers Runaway Juno. She is one of the nicest people on twitter, and she is adorable. She sent me a tweet saying she had a young lady friend rolling into Chicago and needed a quickie. I was ready, willing, and able to accommodate the quickie: an adventure travel one that is (shame on you if you were thinking something else).
Juno’s friend arrived in Chicago at Union Station at 4pm and her train was scheduled to depart at 9pm, so we really had to get down to business. We met at the bean in Millennium Park which is not only a great place to arrange a meet, but due to its reflection it is a place where two people can take a picture together without accosting an innocent bystander who may not want any part in photographing two people having a quickie.
From there we walked with purpose to Buckingham Fountain, Grant Park, and then the Museum area where the Shedd Aquariam, Adler Planetarium, and the Field Museum all reside. The Art Institute is also not too far away.
For those that come to Chicago either by air, train, or bus and have a significant layover I recommend following our path. There is also the Sears Tower (true Chicagoans will never call it the Willits) Skydeck not too far away which can easily be reached.
Those that want a taste of Chicago deep dish pizza can find it either at Giordanos or Pizzeria Uno, which are both within walking distance to the attractions mentioned in this post. Another option is Big Bowl fresh Asian Thai and Chinese cuisine across the street from Uno on Ohio St.
After a whirlwind do not blink your eye tour that left us exhausted we smoked a cigarette and then headed to Union Station. We said our goodbyes which ended the adventure travel quickie in Chicago.
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Great post Ted! You focus on something I have enjoyed doing more and more – being a tourist in your own town. I Michael at Strux Travel did the same thing for someone recently and funny enough Cathy at Traveling With Sweeney posted a photo of the Bean today!
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You should have gotten a 3rd party to take a photo of this quickie! This looks like the carnival fun house-lol Hope it was good for you!
I kind of like the obscurity of it.
Clever idea for making the most of limited time. It should inspire travelers to get out of their seats at the airport and explore nearby areas. Good for you!
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No photos of your new friend? Love your description of a travel “quickie.” BTW, I recognize that giant mirrored orb from the movie “Source Code.”
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No, I wanted to protect the innocent.
Sounds like you had an awesome whirlwind trip. Next time you have to go into the Cultural Center – you were right there by the bean! It’s a gorgeous building with mosaics and free art exhibits. Other must dos: an architectural boat tour, a walk on the lakefront, a tour with Chicago Detours, and Intelligensia coffee!