We love Chicago and hope you do too! Consider extending your trip into a long weekend so you can experience some of Chicago's fantastic restaurants, nightlife and attractions. And with a multitude of public transportation options, it's easy to get around. Although it's nicknamed the Second City, we think you'll agree that Chicago is second to none.
It's impossible to visit Chicago and not experience the city's incredible restaurant scene. In no particular order, here are a few of our favorites: Mott Street, Enoteca Roma, Piece Brewery & Pizzeria, Cafe Ba Ba Reeba, Honey Butter Fried Chicken, Forbidden Root, The French Market, MFK, Bavette's, Artopolis, Ema and Portillo's.
Chicago has become the craft beer capital of the country, with small, medium and large breweries located across the city. We love the food, music and free tour at Lagunitas, which has a Northern California hippie vibe. Forbidden Root is a great stop for unique beer and a delicious meal; other local favorites include Half Acre, Revolution and Metropolitan.
If you're in the market for a cultural weekend, Chicago offers a number of excellent museums. We especially love the Art Institute, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago History Museum, Field Museum and Shedd Aquarium. Even better -- most of the city's museums are concentrated in one area called Museum Campus.
Enjoy the View
Check out the city's stunning architecture from up high! The John Hancock Building on the Magnificent Mile has stunning views from 360 Chicago, located on the building's 94th floor. If you're not afraid of heights, be sure to do the Tilt, which tilts you out in a glass box over the city. Sears Tower (we will never call it Willis Tower) also offers great views and the glassed-in Skydeck.
Chicago's at its best in the summer, so take advantage of the opportunity to head outside. We love Lincoln Park and Millennium Park, and you can't beat a walk down the lakefront path. We recommend seeing the city on an architectural boat tour -- Wendella and Chicago Architecture Foundation both offer great options.
See a Show
Chicago has no shortage of great music and comedy options. To get a taste of the city's blues scene, hit up Kingston Mines, which features two bands all night on weekends, or B.L.U.E.S, a tiny blues bar right across the street. For laughs, head to Second City, which has produced some of America's greatest comedic talent, from Dan Aykroyd to Steve Carrell to Tina Fey.