CHICAGO

THE WINDY CITY

I often get asked my favorite U.S. city and I never have to think twice about my answer.  I first fell in love with the Windy City when I went there for my senior trip with my mom and cousin. The hustle and bustle of the city life amazed me coming from small town Provo, Utah. The sunshine and the beautiful architecture forever captured my heart.

Since then I have been able to visit Chicago several other times, all in the summer time. This year I decided to try out the fall and let me tell you- It was amazing!! Granted I got spoiled and seemed to have brought the sunny Southern California weather with me, it was a beautiful mid 60's weekend with the nights turning into that crisp fall air.

So here are some of my favorite touristy things to do in Chicago that seem to never get old, because I tend to do them every time I go!

EAT:

What is Chicago if you don't eat! Here are my favorite, well worth the wait, restaurants that you will regret not eating at.

Portillos

  • Recommend: Hot Dog with everything on it
  •  Steak Sandwich (I dip mine in ketchup)
  •  Chopped Cobb Salad                     
  • Cake Shake- they put a piece of chocolate cake into a shake... need I say more!?

Lou Malnati's- 

  • Recommended: The classic Lou Malnati's pizza and salad- I mean, if it ain't broke don't fix it!
  • Cookie Pizza... be warned, you will want two...
  1. Eataly -Yummy pizza and pasta
  2. Cindy's Rooftop-Yummy food and amazing city views!
  3. Frontier Grill- Great Mexican Food
  4. Howel's and Hood

Got a sweet tooth??

Try:

  • Garrett's Popcorn (I personally love the caramel/pecan combo
  • Stan's Donuts
  • The Doughnut Vault

TO DO:

Shedd Aquarium

I love this place! It is huge and has an AMAZING view of the Chicago skyline. One of my favorite places to have a picnic. Also I recommend watching the dolphin show and the beluga whale show.

Willis Tower Sky Deck

I highly recommend getting the VIP pass or else you will be waiting and hour or more just to get to the elevator to reach the sky deck. It was well worth the extra bucks.

 Architecture Boat Tour

I have been on this tour at least five times and I always make sure to do it whenever I am back in Chicago. I recommend bringing a jacket (even in the summer) because it tends to get pretty windy and chilly while on the boat.

Magnificent Mile

No better place to go shopping than the magnificent mile! This street literally has everything you could want from amazing shopping to yummy food. Enjoy!

Millenium Park

I know you're wanting to know where you can find the famous "bean" sculpture and this is where! It is a really fun park with a lot of fun activities and sculptures to offer. Of course you are going to go to the bean, but make sure you check out the face fountains, Buckingham fountain, and the outdoor auditorium. All really cool sights to see in the park while taking a stroll.

The Beach

I recommend visiting here at night, it is an amazing, different view of the skyline lit up. Bring a snack for an evening picnic.

 

Navy Pier Ferris Wheel 

Did you know this was the first ever build ferris wheel back in the 1800's? It was America's response to France's Eiffel Tower. Don't worry, it is safe, and maintained and a really fun, chill event to do out on Navy Pier.  Also on the weekends sometimes Navy Pier has fun concerts and shows. Also, there are tons of yummy food places to eat here so come hungry!

Wrigleyville 

If you have a chance to go to a Cubs game, GO! especially now that they won the World Series, fans are even more hyped on their team. Wrigley field is one of my favorite baseball stadiums. The ivy covered walls, the organ playing music, and the manual changing score board. Even if you aren't a Cubs fan, the ball park is worth a visit.

Chicago Theater

If you get a chance, and a great broadway is playing, make sure to hit up the Chicago Theater. It is the place where I first saw Wicked back in the day and is a beautiful Theater.  There are always great plays here so make sure to check it out!

DIVVY Bikes

Now this is only recommended for the brave, but renting a divvy bike is a great way to save money and somewhat easily get around the city.  I have never rode a bike in a busy city before and it is quite the rush at times. A divvy bike is $10 a day. They have stations every where and you need to remember to dock your bike every 30 minutes to not get charged extra.  They also have an app you can download that will help you locate where divvy stations are. Not to mention they are super cute!

 

I hope you enjoy the Windy City and its amazing history and architecture as much as I do!!