Monday, July 25, 2011

Things To Do in Chicago

This is a continuation of my post from Friday. Don't worry my cooking posts will be back tomorrow! Over the next few weeks though, I am making it a goal to share with you my secrets in some of the most fabulous cities here in the US! The first city is CHICAGO. We went here from a Friday-Sunday in March. It was not the most ideal time to go to Chicago but we still managed to have a great time.

If you want to save money, TAKE THE TRAIN to and from Chicago's O'hare airport. Not only is it convenient but it is also an experience.
Stay at the Dana Hotel. It is pricey but usually you can get a room for less than $200/night. The location on State Street is perfect.  Tell them you want a corner room when you check in. Even though we paid for a cheaper room, they will usually upgrade you for free to a corner room if it is available. I do not remember our room number but make sure your room faces State Street otherwise you will be on the backside of the hotel and it is nothing special. Our room was surrounded by windows on all sides. The bathroom was also awesome.
You have to have a famous Chicago dog. We found the best Chicago dog at PORTILLO'S!! Besides ordering the famed hot dog, you have to get the chocolate cake shake. Amazing!
Since the River Boat Architecture tour was closed for the season, we decided to take a segway tour instead. I must say that this was a great way to see a lot of places in such a short time. We used CITY SEGWAY TOURS and saw the Field Museum, Adler Planetarium, Grant Park, Millenium Park, Shedd Aquarium, and Soldier Field. Soldier Field was awesome because the gates were open so we got to ride around the entire stadium. The guide also told us which museums were worth paying the entrance fee to but I forgot which ones he recommended because museums are really not my thing. PS- If you go on the segway in the winter, make sure to bundle up!!!! It was freezing. The good thing was we were the only ones on the tour so we made quite a few pit stops to warm up.
For deep dish pizza, LOU MANALTI'S is the place to go! After talking to lots of locals, this seemed to be everyone's favorite. Pequod's is another pizza place that is highly recommended but it is off the beaten path.
We bought tickets in advance and went to an improv show at SECOND CITY. The show was hilarious and this is something you have to do while you are in Chicago. For those of you who have never heard of Second City, it is where most of the Saturday Night Live Cast members are discovered!
Go get drinks at Coit Tower if you want to have amazing views of Chicago. Beware your ears will pop on the elevator to the top. Ladies-the best view of the city is in the bathroom!! I made my husband go to the men's bathroom because I could not believe the view in our bathroom. He came back and told me I was crazy and that there was no view. Ha ha.

Make sure to eat dinner at GIRL AND THE GOAT (see my previous post). Don't forget to go shopping on Michigan Avenue and all the side streets!!!  
Things we did not get to do but have heard are awesome: River Boat Architecture Tour, Wrigley Field

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