(Closed) Trip to Chicago..what should I not miss??

posted 6 years ago in Chicago
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

How fun! I would recommend going to any of the museums–the Art Institute, Field Museum, Museum of Science and Industry, or Shedd Aquarium. Whichever sounds most interesting to you! If you’re up for being outside in September, the Lincoln Park Zoo is very nice (and free).

Go to Millenium Park just to see the bean. Stand underneath it and look up ๐Ÿ™‚ And go to the top of the Sears (Willis) Tower and go out on the Sky Deck.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Just had to say another Kalamazoo hometown girl here! Moved away awhile ago though ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’ll second the museums. The Field is my favorite, but the Art Institute is really great too.

Post # 6
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I second Lincoln park zoo and/or the shedd!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

The Bean! Millenium Park! 

I only went to Chicago once, for like 2 days, but I loved taking pics at the bean! lol

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Marking my spot so I see these suggestions!

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

Definitely Lincoln Park Zoo!!  The Bean is kind of a tourist staple now too, and i have to recommend the Sky Deck at Willis (Sears) Tower — that’s where my FI proposed to me ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012 - Prairie Production- Chicago (loft)

Buy a City Pass- It will allow you to visit multiple attractions for a lower price than visiting them individually with all their exhibits.

Im a native so you must:

visit the Art Institute, Field Museum and Shedd Aquarium- you can skip Science and Industry and Planetarium…. you have to stop by Navy Pier and take a riverboat ride for an architectural tour and make sure to ride the ferris wheel so you get a nice view of the city.

You have to stop by a beach- I suggest North Ave- but can get crowded….Montrose is nice to walk along- FYI you can bike almost the entire length of the lake (bike rentals available near beaches)

You have to visit the top floor of the Sears Tower (Willis Tower) and stand out in the glass ledge window- you’ll see everything- including our crazy highway system.

You have to eat a deep dish pizza at Giordanos.

You have to stop by the Portillos downtown and get a chocolate cake shake, cheesy fries, and a beef sandwich- all this is like no other.

Take a moment and go spend a night bar hopping in Wrigleyville – even if you don’t like baseball or the Cubs.

Our city is broken up by neighborhoods – so if you want to take nice walks down the street stopping at little shops – try Lincoln Park or head along Clark up towards Andersonville. Chinatown and Greektown are self explanatory.

Dont ty to drive around- google how to use transit…its very easy…. if you need help planning a trip around the city using the subway and “L’ systems – let me know.

Lastly Buckingham fountain, The Bean and Millenium Park are all our urban landmarks and make great picture spots. =)

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I definitely suggest all of the things mentioned above, but if you haven’t spent much time here, I recommend the architectural boat cruise along the river and Lake Michigan! Even as a a lifetime Chicago resident, I really enjoyed doing this tour a few years ago. Chicago has some awesome historical architecture that is worth seeing!

Also, go to Lou Malnati’s, Giordano’s, or Gino’s East and get some nice deep dish Chicago style pizza ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012 - Prairie Production- Chicago (loft)

I know you cant drink- but the atmosphere in Wrigleyville s great- some places have dancing- especially near BoysTown on Halsted. Great to meet locals.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012 - Prairie Production- Chicago (loft)

Michigan Ave and State Street= SHOPPING!!!

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

@Mrs. Fireworks:  I’ve been craving Malnati’s for a while now……why, yes I think it’s time to go visit our baby niece and parents……

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper

Lots of great suggestions! I LOVE the river architectural tour. Seriously we do it like once a year and it never gets old. The bean, Sears tower, Wrigleyville, Navy Pier, and Michigan Ave shopping are my favorites and good for tourists. Have fun!

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I would also suggest the river architectural tour.  Also, you should definitely get Garrett’s popcorn (worth the wait and the line moves fast) and go to Superdawg, they have the best hotdogs and are often featured on travel channel and food network.

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