Sweet Home Chicago
|Melanie - The author of this post and a Chicago native.|
Sights to See
Millennium Park (free!) It has beautiful views and hosts many free events and concerts throughout the year. You can even picnic there (food & alcohol allowed). Check the website for the current events schedule.
Lincoln Park Zoo (free!)
Beautiful Lake Michigan - Rent a bike and ride along the shore or walk along it for free!
Food to Eat
Chicago Deep Dish Pizza (in my personal order of preference):
(1) Giordano's (2) Lou Malnati's (3) Gino's East
Weiner Circle for a Chicago style hot dog (no ketchup!) and a side of attitude.
|View of Chicago from Sears Tower|
Lincoln Park (posh shopping and dining), Wicker Park (hipster central), Wrigleyville (home to the Chicago Cubs and plenty of pubs). Be sure to visit the Magnificent Mile for world-class shopping or you can window shop for free. "Explore Chicago's" website is fantastic and tells you the major attractions, tours, dining, and shopping found within each neighborhood. For a free guided neighborhood tour, visit this link to sign up for one of Chicago's volunteer greeters to be your tour guide!
Rides to Take
Chicago has a fantastic public transportation system that connects the airports to the city center, which is called "the Loop." Use the "L" to get all around the city. You can get an unlimited ride card for 1, 3, or 7 days. The unlimited cards are well worth the money (and will save you a lot compared to taxi fare)!