2019 Chicago Hot Spots & FavoritesAugust 30, 2019
Chicago, My Chicago
My darlings, as you know I love my beautiful Chicago. Living here with my husband Shelly is good for my soul and also for my growth.
Chicago is an old city full of history and culture. The sheer amount of activities and places you can explore are endless.
If you have never been here, I encourage you to visit and see what we have to offer. Seated right on the beautiful Lake Michigan, it is one of the largest cities in the US and famous for its skyline, architecture and art museums.
If you’re looking for a long weekend vacation in the US or even a lengthier stay, Chicago might just be the travel destination for you and your family.
Food, Art, and Shopping, Oh My!
If you decide to travel to my beautiful city, here are the places you must see, explore and of course eat. Especially if you like deep dish pizza!
Chicago Architectural River Cruise
Chicago’s #1 attraction. I have taken it so many times I cannot keep track. Every time a friend comes to Chicago, Shelly and I take them for a cruise up and down the Chicago River. Each time I go, I learn something new about my beautiful city. I am never bored and eagerly look forward to the hour and a half excursion. You will hear the story of Chicago and all about its history and architecture. Such a lovely time!
360 Chicago Observatory Deck
Located on the 94th floor of the John Hancock Building, you can see the entire city from this deck. As well, you may dine on the 95th floor while looking out over the city. It’s a wonderful way to experience the breathtaking views of Chicago and enjoy a drink or dinner.
With over 900 stores, you could spend days shopping. Packed with luxury stores and restaurants, you will never be bored, especially if you like shopping! Take a bus tour so you’ll be able to hop on and off at all the major locations. This is great for the family and a perfect way to experience the mile. As well, make sure to visit the Historic Water Tower and Pumping Station. This is one of the oldest structures in Chicago and was leftover from the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.
This park is a Frank Geary architectural dream. It is a free outdoor theatre for you to visit. Shelly and I attend every week during the summer months; it is absolutely wonderful. You can sit with your family on the grass and picnic while listening to the music of the evening. Don’t forget to walk under the famous Bean and take pictures. As well, you can bike the 25-acre park or walk. You can even take a tour if you so desire. So much to do and see, I guarantee you will have a great time.
This is a family must. The pier hosts 9.3 million visitors a year and there is a reason for it! There is the Shakespearean theatre that Shelly and I often attend for different types of performances. We highly recommend it! Then make sure you ride the Centennial Wheel or visit the children’s museum and enjoy a meal at one of the waterfront restaurants.
The Art Institute of Chicago
If you enjoy art, it is one of the best venues in America. We are members and I just visited the museum to admire and learn about Manet, who was chosen as the best artists of the 19th century. The exhibit is extraordinary. There is a reason why this museum was voted the number one museum in the world by TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards. You must go if you love art.
If you’re here in the summer months, enjoy one of our 26 sandy beaches. Play beach volleyball or soak up the sun and splash in Lake Michigan with the grands. If you like to bike, take in Chicago’s 18-mile long Lakefront Trail. This is great for taking pictures and seeing the skyline of our beautiful city.
If you are a sports fan, you must visit Wrigley Field, which encompasses over 100+ years of history. If you are in town during baseball season, tailgate with your friends and catch a Cubs game. Truly an only-in-Chicago experience. Plus, your husband and grands will love it too!
The beautiful indoor public aquarium is home to lots of beautiful marine life. Take the grands for a day of fun and learning. It truly is a wonderful time!
Food, Food & More Food
You can’t come to Chicago without eating your way through all of the delicious restaurants. There are so many options to choose from at a wide range of price points. Some of my favorites include Gibsons. This is the place to be seen in Chicago and a delicious steak dinner.
For a Chicago landmark and the best in Italian cuisine, make sure to visit Gene and Georgetti Steakhouse. If you want the best hot dog in town, travel to the Four Seasons. It’s delicious and made from scratch. For a taste of Shanghai, enjoy the Shanghai Terrace in the Peninsula Hotel. I think it has the best Peaking Duck outside of China.
If you’re craving Thai food, make sure and try Le Colonial. For a family-friendly breakfast, take your group to The Original Pancake House–just be prepared to wait in line.
And finally, you cannot leave Chicago without sampling our famous deep dish pizza. For Chicago history and deliciously cheesy pizza, makes sure to visit Giordano’s or Lou Malnati’s. Ensure you are very hungry when you go. You will need all the stomach space you can get!
Only a Taste
This list is only a taste of what you can do, see and experience in my beloved city. Have you visited Chicago before? Share your favorite spots in the comments below or on Facebook and Instagram. I would love to hear from you!