I am going to Chicago, need tips on the best places to visit!

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Smartie_Pants, Oct 23, 2011.

  1. Smartie_Pants

    Smartie_Pants Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 5, 2008
    Madisonville, KY
    Me and my college room mate are going to Chicago next month for a concert. We want to explore the city too. We are going to go to a few of the best tourist attractions, but we also really just want to see and experience the city. Any tips on unique or cool places to go? Would love some tips on awesome shops too.
  2. CityGirlintheCountry

    CityGirlintheCountry Green Eggs and Hamlet

    Jul 7, 2007
    Middle TN
    Ooooo... the natural history museum! Wear comfy shoes and plan to stay for a while. It is fascinating!!
  3. OldGuy43

    OldGuy43 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Shedd Aquarium is a must in my book. For night life, Old Town.
  4. itsmechrissy

    itsmechrissy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 27, 2011
    SE Wisconsin
    I agree with the Shed Aquarium. Also, if the weather is nice consider doing lunch at the Signature room at the John Hancock building, it's not the cheapest place for lunch or even the best food BUT it's on the 95th floor and if the weather is clear you get a great view of the city/lake and it's cheaper than going to the top of the old Sears Tower. It's also right on Michigan Avenue so you could go shopping, see the water tower etc

    Also, make sure to get some Garrett's Popcorn, they've a number of shops downtown their cheese popcorn or caramel corn are to die for (you can get them in a mixed bag too if you like that salty/sweet thing).

    If the weather were warmer I'd say do one of the boat architectural tours, but I think it may be too chilly next month. The boats typically go along the river and then out on the lake, they have 60 and 90 minute tours.

    Have fun!
  5. itsmechrissy

    itsmechrissy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 27, 2011
    SE Wisconsin
  6. itsmechrissy

    itsmechrissy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 27, 2011
    SE Wisconsin
    Ok.. I looked it up... Skydeck of Sears Tower = $17. Lunch at top of John Hancock will run you between 15 & 25 (depending on what you get -- buffet is $20, entries are cheaper ..but there's tip etc). So (IMO) the John Hancock signature room is still a better deal :)
  7. goldtopper

    goldtopper Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 15, 2010
    Near Bert Blyleven
    There are so many great food options from amazing pizza to italian beef to killer german and polish food.
    I'd go on www.yelp.com and start fiddling around for local hangouts.
  8. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    Need a place to stay for a budget? The youth hostel is a good one and very clean! Been to Chicago by Amtrak a few times, stayed with a good friend of ours and she put us up for a couple of nights. It was wonderful to have her around!

    She took us to a very popular pizza place which I can not remember...it was delicious!

    Natural History, Science, Shedd, Navy Pier, Plantinarium are all wonderful places to go to. Legoland is another one and the zoo from what I heard, is another good one. Sears Tower is also another wondeful sight to see.

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