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FI and I are thinking about a trip to Chicago (maybe right after the wedding as a mini-moon before the honeymoon in the winter) and am wondering if anyone has any tips of where to stay? what to do? where to eat? Thanks!
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@Bri1o: I don’t live there or anything but I’ve traveled their quite a few times.
Hotel Felix is very nice for the price! Close to a lot of downtown stuff and about a $20 taxi ride from O’Hare.
There’s a gigantic Aquarium if you’re into that, I loved it! A little pricey but worth it. There is an art museum that is HUGE and awesome (it was free when I went). And Lincoln park zoo! (Also free)
Coco Pazzo (sp?) is a great place to eat if you want a “fancy night out”.
And if you want to do some touristy things you can always go see the BEAN and the Sears Tower (name has changed now I think)…
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@playdohpants: Thank you so much! All of that was super helpful! I will look into Hotel Felix for sure! I am glad to hear there is a free zoo! We were looking at another one (I forget the name now, just outside chicago) but we will for sure hit up the free one!
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@Bri1o: the natural history museum (right across the street from the bears stadium) is AMAZING! Highly suggest checking it out.
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@Bri1o: You’re welcome! There was also a really nice hotel up the street but I forget the name and describing what it looked like probably won’t help you lol. It’s right up the street from Excaliber if you talk to any bees FROM Chicago…
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- Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!
@Bri1o: oooOOoo the Hardrock hotel is really cool inside. The Drake and The Palmer House are AMAZING hotels. Definitely eat lunch on the 9t6th floor at The Signature Room in the John Hancock Building if you can’t make it up the Sear’s tower. If you can do both, The Signature Room for dinner is great too! But you def need to take a trip up to see the view!
The Shedd Aquarium is really cool and the Field Museum is my favorite. You def have to take pics in front of the Bean, walk down State St. and Michigan Ave.
Blue Man Group is up by Belmont and Clark – which is kind of the BoHo artsy area with lots of headshops and stuff like that.
Navy Pier is awesome and if you like Shakespear they have Theatre in the Round there.
The House of Blues always has awesome people playing!!
The Lincoln Park Zoo is fun too.
Ahhh there’s so much stuff!! I’m from the area so feel free to PM me if you need more info 🙂
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@Bri1o: Hotel SAX that was the name lol
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@FutureDrAtkins: Thank you so much!! I may have to PM you at some point 😉 those are all hotels I have seen in my research. We are trying to keep it on somewhat of a budget (hopefully under $200 a night for hotel). We will be taking the train from port huron so will be walking/cabbing/public transit while we are there so want something close to everything too.
@playdohpants: I will look at that one too!
I am getting so excited for this, I wish I could go sooner! haha..keep the tips coming, bees!
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@Bri1o: If you are looking for an affordable hotel near public transit, I highly recommend the Hotel Allegro. The rooms are a bit small, but its close to the Clark/Lake train station, which is sort of a central hub for the El trains. A lot of the hotels on Michigan Ave will be more than $200/nt.
Some fun things I like to do when I have guests:
-Drinks at the Terrace at the Trump Tower. $$$ but just get one drink each and enjoy the fabulous view you won’t get anywhere else
-Drinks or dinner at the Signature Room in the Hancock
-Skydeck at the Willis Tower
-Lincoln Park Zoo, followed by drinks/apps at the Hotel Lincoln across the street. They have a beautiful outdoor roof deck.
-Shopping on Michigan Ave
-Architectural boat tour, hands down the best way to see all the buildings in downtown Chicago and get a history lesson besides
– Segway tour! So fun and a great way to see the city
-Soooo many good places to eat. I would check out Yelp for good recommendations – you can search by your current location for places with 4/5 stars. I use it all the time!
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@Bri1o: We love the Kimpton Hotels, which are generally under $200/night if you use a CAA/AAA discount!
Some of our favorite restaurants:
Cafe Spiaggia (or if you want to go super-fancy Obama-just-won-the-presidency-style eat at the main restaurant Spiaggia, meal of a lifetime kind of place)
Native Foods – casual healthy, great for lunch
Bistrot Zinc – breakfast
Bricks Pizza – if you go to the zoo, this would be a good dinner spot its right nearby
J. Parker – Rooftop bar near Bricks, great for pre/post-dinner drinks
Bars (nice, relaxing, not sports bars)
The Violet Hour
I love the Boat Tour, the Aquariuam, the art museum.
Post # 12
@LindyLu: So many good suggestions – I have heard good things about the segway tour so we will probably look into that for sure.
@kenziemt: Thanks so much for all the ideas! There are so many things to do I don’t know if 3 nights will be enough..haha
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I love Chicago! We are staying a few days as part of our roadtrip honeymoon, and we go there quite often.
Are you renting a car? If you are, I would suggest renting an apartment instead of a hotel, lots of times they are cheaper, and you get a parking space [at a hotel you could be paying up to $60 a night for parking].
There is a lovely condo you can rent in little italy that runs around $160-200 a night, and it has a nice jacuzzi in it!
There are ALL kinds of things to do, just depends on what you are looking to do, here are some suggestions :
– robot date night [building a robot for each of you]
– dave & busters [not that they don’t have them elsewhere, but we love this one in particular!]
– Museums [lots of them]
– Zanies comedy club
– shedd aqauriam
– trapped in a room with a zombie encounter
– medieval times
– the magic parlor [magic show at the hilton palmer house]
– navy pier [games, bars, shopping, entertainment]
– the skydeck [you can actually have dinner up there by reservation only!]
– the melting pot [an intimate fondue restaraunt]
There is soo sooo sooooooo much more to do in chicago, this is only a tiny bit of it, I’d really suggest searching google based on what you are interested in!
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Oh, also there are plenty of food tours if you are into that kind of thing… pizza, beer, wine, appetizers.. there are many different tours you can book!
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@Bri1o: OMG I forgot the best thing ever to do when visiting Chicago! Go to Second City!!! Fortunately, it’s really easy to get around so you can pack it all in! 🙂
Post # 16
I great up in the area and have toured countless people around. My favorite museums are definitely the art institute, and the shedd aquarium. If you are interested in doing a bunch of touristy things, buy a Chicago Pass online, which bundles them all together for the price of doing 2.
In terms of tours of the city- I LOVE the architecture boat tours (love architecture and Chicago has some of the best). If getting up close is more your thing, I also did a Segway tour, which was awesome. As far as food (besides the obvious like chicago style pizza- I like Lou Malnati’s and Gino’s East best), Quartino’s is a restaurant I often recommend. It is really reasonably priced for the city, the food and wine are awesome, and it is a bit different (Italian styled tapas). I could go on forever with recommendations but it all depends what you are interested in