One of Chicago’s most photogenic attractions is right outside the Union Station door --- our cleaned-up and revitalized river. Use either the Adams or Jackson St. exits; between them, on the east bank, you’ll see the water taxi dock. Between early April and late fall, you can ride inexpensively to North Michigan Ave. or even, for extra fare, on to Navy Pier.
Some of the city’s most impressive architecture is in the Financial District along La Salle St. from Adams south to the Board of Trade Building, once Chicago’s tallest. Try to visit the interior lobby and climb the magnificent wrought-iron stairways of The Rookery, on the east side of LaSalle north of Jackson Blvd.