Chicago has been one of most amazing places I’ve visited, everything about this city makes you never want to leave. The Windy City as many people call it has a lot to offer, from magnificent skyscrapers to delicious deep dish pizza. We stayed at the Westin River North (perfect location by the way), walking distance to the train station surrounded by great restaurants, bars and sky high buildings. First thing you need to do is to get your hands on the local events guide available at the Front Desk of your hotel, here you will find all the FREE activities for the week with a brief description of each event and the location. This was actually something we learned on our 3rd day in Chicago, meaning that we missed out on some great things to do.
Now let’s talk business, with a Go Chicago Card (2 days $120), this card gives you access to all the main attractions like the Sky Deck (try and visit this early in the morning and at night to get the best views of the city), Museum of Science and Industry (my favorite btw), Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium etc. We also visited the Bean and the Amphitheater.
If you are in the mood of something more romantic I suggest going to the Navy Pier at night, they usually have Fireworks and a Ferris Wheel with the best view of the city skyline.
Now changing the subject to my favorite topic FOOD, this city has a restaurant in every corner (literally), you would need weeks to try everything. Our first stop was at Giordano’s (obviously) we had to try Chicago’s famous Deep Dish Pizza, there is a 45 minute wait for the pizza to be ready but it is so worth it. Just an FYI, we were a party of 5 and we ordered a medium pizza (8 slices), and there was 2 slices left. Another must is Garrett’s Popcorn a place you can smell from a block away. We ordered caramel and almond popcorn and it was delicious my advice take some back to your hotel or even a 1 gallon tin to your hometown.
On our second night we got all dolled up and went to RPM Italian for dinner, owned by E! Entertainment star Giuliana Rancic, we had a reservation but still had to wait approximately 25 mins because the place was packed. The food, the wine and the overall experience was great, the servers knew the menu inside out and even though it was packed we were well taken care of. We ordered Chicken Parm, Penne with Pesto, a Bruschetta and 100 Days of Prosciutto (my absolute favorite). I will give this place 5 stars for their great service and delicious food. Continuing with the culinary experience another place to go is Portillo’s, famous for 2 things: hot dogs and Cake Shake (overkill but you must try it).
Overall we needed more days but then again we had to go back to Sunny Florida. I guess we will be needing another trip to continue exploring what the Great City of Chicago has to offer, and if you have the chance to go, take at least 4 days so you can get a taste of Chi-Town.