Post # 1
Hi Bees! I have been following the boards for about a year now and finally decided to join in the fun! My finace and I have the opportunity every year to go South for vacations around Christmas. We have decided to opt out of a tropical honeymoon for this and other reasons i.e. hurricane season. I have heard awesome things about Chicago. We are only a 45 minute plane ride away, and I am curious…who’s been? Who loves it or hates it? Tips? Tricks? Hotels? Help a newbee out gals!!
Post # 3
I live in Chicago and I love the city- I came out here for an 18 month residency…. almost 6 years ago 🙂
Will you be coming in July/August? I would, as it gets cold/windy/etc in the fall and though I’m all about a chilly honeymoon (I’m going to Juneau in June), its more fun in the summer here. There is any type of food you could want, lots of festivals, a free zoo to walk around in, amazing history and museums, easy transportation…. would be a great week!
I’d strongly recommend checking out Groupon and LivingSocial- there are some awesome deals for restaurants and hotels. Just read the fine print as some are not able to be used on weekends or certain touristy months.
Post # 4
My fiance and I are also doing a honeymoon to Chicago. We are staying for 5 days and 4 nights. I decided to go with a Chicago City Pass which gets you admission to some of the most popular tourist sites in Chicago. Some people say that it isn’t worth it but the pass allows you to skip the lines so for me it’s worth it just for that as we won’t have to wait all day to get in to the museums. There is a Go Chicago Pass which allows you entrance into a lot more sites but it is a lot more expensive.We are also planning to go to Navy Pier, Lincoln Park Zoo, and going on a cruise on the Windy.
We are staying at the Doubletree Hotel on Magnificent Mile, never been there before but my boss has and highly recommends it, plus it was the only place where we could get a Lakeview room at a decent price ($159/night). However, it doesn’t include breakfast. I have stayed at the Holiday Inn at the Mart Plaza and the city view rooms are super nice they are a little more expensive but they have a great bar and a great resturant.
One other recommendation is to get a CTA city pass for the amount of days you are going to be in Chicago. Public Transportation is definitely the best way to get around the city. Also, whatever you do you want to stay in the northside of Chicago as parts of the south side are really sketchy. I would recommend staying in the north part of the Loop, Magnificent Mile, and maybe Lakeview/Lincoln Park area.
Hope this helped at least a little.
Post # 5
- Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo
Along with what everyone else has said… do an architectural boat tour! Everyone I’ve talked to who’s been on one loved it. Millenium Park right in the Loop is nice, and of course there are the beaches, which can get crowded but are fun. Also if you want to there is Sears/Willis Tower, which has the see through boxes near the top (I heard the lines are pretty long though). And like @krish19 said, there are lots of festivals.. it seems like every weekend during the summer there is a festival going on somewhere! Check out Metromix Chicago for events!
Post # 6
Thanks girls! I will take each and every comment as a positive sign that Chicago is just as awesome as everyone I know says it is!!
Post # 7
I was in Chicago in May for a training. FI came with me – he wanted a vaca, LOL. We stayed at the LaQuinta in the western side of the loop (I was training at PwC), so no recommendation there. But – we had an amazing, amazing, absolutely amazing meal at 312 Chicago, on North LaSalle St. Did I mention it was AMAZING?!?!?!?!?! Seriously, go there. I got halibut (my favorite), FI got a pork tenderloin, and the apps and dessert were wonderful too! Great wine list, quiet, romantic – couldn’t have asked for more. Request a booth.