Whether you want to spice up your wardrobe with some designer pieces, lose yourself in the fervor of cheering for the home team, take in some culture, or cater to your inner gourmand, Chicago has just about everything you could want in a travel destination. Selecting the five best things about such a stellar city is a daunting task, but, here, we’ve done our best. Read on to see if you agree with our list of the Windy City’s most appealing offerings.
You really could devote an entire trip to Chi-Town’s parks and still not do them justice. In Grant Park, you’ll find a green oasis on the edge of The Loop that features Buckingham Fountain. At night, lights and music accompany the fountain’s choreographed water display. In nearby Millennium Park, take in 24.5 acres of dazzling landscaping, modern art, and architecture. Don’t forget to visit Lincoln Park for the zoo as well.
What would a visit to Chicago be without partaking in a pie of its famous deep dish and other epicurean indulgences. For delectable deep dish, try Giordano’s or Lou Malnati’s. Giordano’s is famous for its stuffed pizza, while Malnati’s claims to have the best deep dish in the city. Other culinary highlights include Avec, famous for its tapas and seasonal dishes, and Supderdawg, home of superburgers, super sundaes, and thick milkshakes.
No matter the season, you can almost always catch a professional sports game of some kind in Chicago. The area is home to the legendary Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field, built in 1914. Even during the off season, Wrigley still offers plenty to do, including tours and an ice rink outside the field during the winter. If you can, witness the locals’ enthusiasm for their teams at a Bears, Bulls, or Blackhawks game as well.
You can tailor your Chicago museum experience to your interests, whether you’d like to view modern art, historical artifacts, astronomical wonders, or hands-on science and industrial exhibits. You don’t want to miss the virtual-reality tour of time and space in the Sky Theater of the Adler Planetarium, the tour of a captured German submarine at the Museum of Science & Industry, or the reconstructions of a three-story Egyptian tomb at The Field Museum.
Home to world-renowned hotels like the Waldorf Astoria, Peninsula Chicago, and Trump International Hotel & Tower, Chi-Town has no shortage of spectacular places to stay. Consistently ranked one of the top large-city luxury hotels in the United States, the Waldorf Astoria ensconces its guests in opulent surroundings and spacious rooms with features like fireplaces and furnished outdoor terraces. With one quick search, you can find a hotel in Chicago to accommodate whatever wants and needs you desire.
Chicago is such a versatile city that it can accommodate the interests and passions of almost any traveler. Intellectuals and culture aficionados will love the museums, sports buffs will adore the city’s professional teams, foodies will revel in the culinary quality and selection, and travelers of all stripes will enjoy the scenery and attractions of the city’s parks.
Have you been to Chicago? Which are the best things of visiting the Windy city for you?
Photo credits: All black and white squared shots are coming from our Instagram feed and were taken last month in the Windy city.