Da bears, famous mobsters, hot dogs, the Mag Mile, and blues conjure images of Chicago (sometimes pronounced cheecago). I live less than an hour away, yet I will have spent more time in Paris after this summer is over. I love having a great city nearby, but it is one that I am still exploring. Since I have started to realize the neglect that my own city has experienced, I thought it was time I investigate what is so great about it.
This Sunday I will go on a free tour of the city. If you are visiting and want to get a taste for more than just deep dish, I recommend checking out Chicago Greeters. I will write a post about my experience with them next weekend, but I already love the service. First of all, it is free. Second, you can tailor it to your wishes. If you want to visit the touristy spots like the Willis Tower (used to be Sears Tower), the Bean, or other top sites you can. If you want to battle it out with a Cubs fan in Wrigleyville, they’ve got that covered too. I love the personalization that can come with these tours.
Chicago is also known for its architecture. If the season is right, you might want to take a river cruise to gaze up at the buildings reaching for the sky. I was planning on a trip in the fall, but the weather went cold fast. I know people who have loved it, so you may want to think about it.
I just came across a site tonight that I am really excited about. Not only is it useful for Chicago, but other cities like New York, Philadelphia, and Washington DC. The prices aren’t bad and it provides a unique view of Chicago. I think this can be a great source for those wanting to learn something from their travels.
If you are trying to figure out what to do with your time in Chi Town, here are some ideas:
Old Town, Wicker Park/Bucktown, Wrigleyville, Lincoln Park, Evanston
French Market, Lincoln Park Zoo, Cubs/Sox/Bears/Bulls/Blackhawks Game, Finding Festivals, Walking in the City, Riding the “L”
Frontera Grill (or any Rick Bayless Restaurant), Quartino, New England Seafood and Company
Clark, State, Wells, Michigan
Museum of Science and Industry, Art Institute, Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum
I can’t wait to share my tour with you next weekend. I’m hoping to see a side of Chicago that I didn’t know about.