8 One-Hour Chicago Attractions
Art Institute of Chicago
Destination: Opened in 2009, the Modern Wing has a few places you can spend an hour for free. Take the Nichols Bridgeway from Millennium Park to the Bluhm Family Terrace, then enjoy the views of the park, the skyline and the contemporary sculptures on the terrace (312/443-3600; artinstituteofchicago.org).
What you'll see: If you venture inside, you'll find ongoing exhibitions that include "The Touch Gallery," "Neither Man Nor Beast: Animal Images on Ancient Coins" and "What's Greek About a Roman Copy?"
Tip: Plan to go on Thursdays when museum admission is free after 5 p.m. and Terzo Piano serves modern Italian with views of Millennium Park.