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What You Should Know About Visiting Chicago

What You Should Know About Visiting Chicago

Chicago, Illinois has everything you could ever want in a city: world-renowned art museums, championship sports teams, bustling shopping districts and nightlife. 

But the windy city is home to much more than just your average tourists' traps, and here’s a guide to help you safely avoid large crowds while still seeing the best of Chicago. 

Where to Stay

Located right in the heart of downtown, the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel provides comfortable accommodations just minutes away from Chicago’s most popular attractions.

​​ From your modernly decorated suite, overlook the city skyline at night for the most exquisite view of Chicago lights. 

For a more intimate accommodation, stay at the https://www.publishinghousebnb.comPublishing House Bed & Breakfast.

​​This renovated 110 year old historical building combines comfort with luxury in 11 boutique styled rooms.

​​Relax and unwind in their antique clawfoot bathtubs!

Where to Eat

Grab a hearty breakfast at Wildberry Cafe.

​​Award-winning pancakes made with fresh, seasonal ingredients await you when you walk through the doors of this family-owned cafe.

​​Start your day with incredible homemade treats and a hot cup of coffee!

What’s a trip to Chicago without deep-dish pizza?

​​Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria is one of the oldest restaurants in Chicago.

​​ With over 80 years of serving the city handmade pizzas, Lou Malnati’s is the one of the best places to find the Chicago-staple dish. 

For fine dining, visit Bavette’s Bar and Boeuf - one of the best steakhouses in Chicago.

​​Pairing contemporary American food with timeless French furnishing, Bavette’s embraces elegance in simplicity.

​​The windowless dining room, dark moody lighting, and 1920s jazz music will make you feel like you're in a speakeasy from a different time period! 

Things to Do 

No doubt you’ll want to take a walk through Millennium Park for the classic selfie with “the Bean”.

​​This 25-acre public park hosts Chicago’s most iconic sculpture, Cloud Gate, famously nicknamed the bean for its similarity in shape.

​​While the sculpture is the most well known Chicago attraction, avoid tourists by walking through the other parts of Millennium park such as the Lurie Garden or Crown Fountain. 

The Navy Pier, the largest tourist attraction in all of Illinois, offers plenty of family entertainment as well as adult amusement.

​​To steer clear of all the people riding the infamous Ferris Wheel catch a show at the Shakespeare Theater, where classical comedies and tragedies are played out by tony-winning performers. 

For an adrenaline-seeking thrill, climb your way up Willis Tower, the second tallest building in America.

​​With 110 stories standing 1450 feet tall, the Skydeck attracts more than 2 million visitors annually!

​​This glass-floored viewing platform lets you see the world 103 floors below.

​​Careful, this unmatched view of the city is not for those with a fear of heights.


Written By: Abby Ebb (Travel Secrets VIPs Official Intern) 

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