There are so many things to do in Chicago. Did you know that the city has:
- 26 miles of lakefront, 15 miles of beach and 19 miles of lakefront bicycle paths
- more than 200 theaters and art galleries
- more than 7,000 restaurants
- and 552 parks!
It is a city that everybody should experience, so I took my camera made a hotel reservation and began my journey!
If you thought that Chicago earned its nickname as the Windy City from the chilly gusts coming off Lake Michigan, you are incorrect… according to most local legends, Chicago got this nickname because of the hot air bellowing from politicians.
Things to do in Chicago
There are two great choices: the Willis Tower, the Sky deck sits at 1,352 feet at one of North America's tallest buildings and 360 Chicago, formerly The John Hancock Observatory. From 1,000 feet up on the 94th floor, you can watch airplanes whiz by. A recent addition is the Tilt attraction, an enclosed platform that extends from the building at a 30-degree angle.
The John Hancock Observatory, 360 Chicago offers dining, sights and an interactive tour far above the city streets. From 1,000 feet up on the 94th floor, you can see up to 55 miles out and four states.
Wicker Park's Myopic Books
Visit to one of the city's largest and oldest bookstores. It has three floors and each floor is a truly paradise.
Jazz & Swing
I love jazz and swing music so a visit to Green Mill cocktail lounge was mandatory. It was truly a great experience, it opened in 1907, so you can imagine the history that this place has!
It is always a pleasure to visit a city and found these amazing green areas. Grant Park has 319 acres of lakefront! It's a great place to walk and enjoy the views of Millennium Park, the Art Institute, the Museum Campus and the amazing Buckingham Fountain. You can walk, run, bike, or rollerblade. In the summer, Grant Park's sprawling terrain plays host to festivals like Lollapalooza, Blues Fest and the Taste of Chicago, among others.
My favorite beaches were Oak Street Beach and North Avenue Beach. I was able to take a very relaxing afternoon walk with the lapping lake waves as my company.
White Sox’s Game
I spent a great afternoon at Cellular Field to watch a White Sox’s Game. The fans' spirit and enthusiasm fired up the home team and they won!
This is a great place to visit. I was able to see the Mission Moon exhibit with an authentic Gemini 12 capsule. The Sky Theater is awesome and had a movie with the highest resolution I've ever seen.
Goose Island Beer
Take the brewery tour! It is the best way for you to learn and taste the most popular Chicago beer.
Things to do in Chicago with kids
Brookfield Zoo and Lincoln Park Zoo
The Brookfield Zoo is home to 6,000 animals and sits on 216 acres. The smaller Lincoln Zoo has about 1,200 animals living on 35 acres.
A fascinating museum that has exhibitions appealing to all ages.
This is one of may favorites places in Chicago, definitely a hot spot. It features shops, eateries, an 18-hole mini-golf course, an IMAX cinema, a 150-foot-high Ferris wheel, an old-fashioned swing ride, and a bevy of sightseeing boat tours. Plus, you'll also find the Chicago Children's Museum and a rotating roster of live entertainment on the Family Pavilion Stage.
Where to stay in Chicago
The James Chicago: A warm feeling of a property dedicated to a lifestyle of wellness, art, culture and community. The rooms are warmly modern with an artful balance of form and function handcrafted guestrooms deliver a residential experience steps from.
The Wit: In the heart of Chicago's theater, arts and shopping district, the Wit Hotel, is a interesting property where eye popping design, stunning views create an adventure to your experience. The rooms are Stylish with private elegance and modern connectivity.
W Lakeshore Chicago: The urban energy collides with a glamorous escape and the feeling of a sleek & sexy vibe comes to my mind. The rooms are simply fabulous.
Monaco: It is the perfect hideaway in the middle of the city, a 5 minutes walk to the Millennium Park, the hotels combines warm hospitality, boutique touches and an enviable loop location, with colorful and sophisticated accommodations.
Kinzie Hotel Chicago: A boutique hotel located in the heart of the vibrant River North district, an ideal location that promotes deep urban exploration of the city. Accommodations are chic & comfortable with design elements and inspired amenities.
Where to eat in Chicago
There are some classics in the Chicago's food scene, deep-dish pizza, Italian Beef and the hot dog Chicago-style, which is famous for all its toppings. However, the culinary landscape in the city is much more than its classics and I have selected some of the best restaurants for you to enjoy.
Publican: This restaurant is the “homage to beer, pork and oysters” with a fun atmosphere get ready to enjoy excellent dishes from the eclectic menu.
Portillo's: The famous Italian juicy beef sandwich has locations all over Chicago and you can although order the classic Chicago hot dog style and chopped salad, my favorite too.
Green Street Smoked Meats: They have the best BBQ in the city, my favorite was the pulled pork and the brisket, but all the dishes are fantastic.
J. Parker: A classy rooftop bar to sip cocktails, above the Hotel Lincoln in Lincoln Park. The most spectacular views of the city and Lake Michigan.