1.) Try an Italian beef sandwich or Chicago-style hot dog at Portillos.*

2.) Stuffed deep dish Chicago-style pizza at Giordanos.*

3.) Joe’s Stone Crabs.

4.) Quartino for Italian tapas.*

5.) Best breakfast? Head to The Original Pancake House.*


1.) Visit the Shedd Aquarium. *


2.) John Hancock Observatory. *

3.) Shop the Magnificent Mile. Eight blocks feature more than 450 stores. *

4.) Adler Planetarium.

5.) Walk on air at the Willis Tower.

6.) Have a drink in the historic lobby of the Palmer House Hilton. *

7.) Lincoln Park.

8.) 24.5 acre Millennium Park. The public park features public art, free live music and a wintertime skating rink.

9.) Check out the Navy Pier for 50 acres of rides and attractions. Ride the 15-story Ferris Wheel, visit the Children’s Museum, IMAX Theater, Chicago Shakespeare theater and more.

10.) Visit Wrigley Field, the second-oldest ballpark in the United States.

11.) See a show in the loop theater district. Find anything from Broadway musicals to classic opera.

12.) Museum of Contemporary Art.

13.) Take an architectural boat tour in the summertime.

14.) Visit historic Old Town.*

15.) See a comedy show at The Second City. Love the actors, despise the staff.*

16.) Chinatown.



  • rain April 26, 2013 2:28 pm

    I recommend checking out SuperDawg if you want a truly special Chicago style hot dog from a place that is pretty much a known landmark for the locals. Also, best breakfast should be Ann Sather on Clark St. or Belmont. One of the best cinnamon rolls you’ll ever have PERIOD!

    • Kimberly April 26, 2013 2:42 pm

      I have heard so much about SuperDawg and hav yet to make it! Next trip for sure. The breakfast places sound awesome too…thank you for the referrals!

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