Chicago is an easy city to love and after a burger at the Billy Goat Tavern, the intimate Ryan Adams show at the 299-seat Victory Biograph Theater and a generous display of soccer hooliganism at the Copa D'Oro hosted by Soldier Field, I didn't want to leave. One of my pre-trip, travel-geek discoveries definitely came in handy during my day after the conference ended.
National Geographic Traveler publishes podcasts via iTunes called "Walks of a Lifetime." These 20-minute narrative itineraries by journalist Rudy Maxa provide an informative accompaniment to a leisurely stroll through one of 25 major cities. You download, sync to your iPod, pop in your earbuds and take your camera for a walk along a route guaranteed not to disappoint. When you've only got one day to see a city, take the "Walks of a Lifetime" with you. It's a terrific companion. I'm definitely looking forward to next month's walk through Rome.