(Closed) Advice about short stay in Chicago?

posted 6 years ago in Chicago
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Stay somewhere near the Magnificent Mile, but mostly be sure to stay downtown. When I was there we stayed at the Hyatt on E. Wacker. Perfect location!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Make sure you get to try Deep Dish Pizza!  Its not a trip to Chicago without it 🙂   My favorite is definitely Geno’s but they are all pretty darn good 🙂

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I live in Chicago. Will you have a car or will you be flying in?

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Deep Dish Pizza – Gino’s East is good but Lou Malnati’s is better, IMO.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Agree re: Malnati’s. 

If you’re staying downtown, hit Xoco, Rick Bayless’s breakfast place, first thing as soon as they open.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I also live in Chicago. Weather permitting, I’d recommend taking one of the architectural boat tours along the river. It’s a beautiful and relaxing way to see the city.  

 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

Go to the bean and make goofy faces!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Oh I love Chicago! My favourite American city so far, way better than NYC IMO. The whole city just has such a relaxed vibe going on it’s really amazing.

Chicago is pretty flat so I recommend renting a bike to see more of the city. We did Bobby’s Bike Hike and I loved it. It was pouring rain when we went, but it was still the most fun and memorable part of my trip. I also recommend a stroll around Navy Pier. When we went there were impromptu blues concerts going on and it was just a great way to kill some time. Oh and the Art Institute was free on Wednesdays not sure if that’s still the case though.

Sigh, all this talk about Chicago is really making me want to go back!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I really like the Magnificent Mile Marriott, but it is expensive. The Courtyard Marriott downtown is pretty nice too, and cheaper.  

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

i spent 2 nights in chicago in december and had a great time. it was my first time visiting the city!

we stayed on the magnificient mile, which was great.

i’d say the 1 thing to eat is a chicago dog… i was not thrilled with the deep dish, surprisingly (new york style has my heart). we went to weiner circle, which is a hike from downtown, but totally delicious.

we really enjoyed: the bean, the chicago cultural center (beautiful! and right across from the bean), the lincoln park zoo and the surrounding neighborhood, willis tower

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Sightseeing: Millenium Park, Hancock building tour (I liked this one better than the Sears Tower/Willis Building), architectural boat tour, Navy Pier if you want the full ‘tourist’ experience lol

Food: Lou Malnati’s pizza is my preference out here (though I’m an NY-style girl at heart!)

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@GemJen:  hi i live about an hour away from chicago and stay there once a year. the wedding is in may and are staying in chicago a week for our honeymoon.  when it comes to hotels in chicago almost all of them charge extra for internet and parking. we are staying at the homewood suites downtown. free internet and parking is $45 a day. now depending on your hotel location you can also go to this website called spothero.com and reserve a parking spot for as little as $14 a day if u dont mind walking a few blocks.as far as sightseeing i recommened the willis(sears) tower skydeck. the museum of science and industry, the shedd aquarium,and the lincoln park zoo.the zoo has free admission but u pay parking i think $16 last i was there. if u could stay a few days i would highly recommened the chicago city pass. you can visit all these sights for half the price. check out some of the museum websites and the aquarium depending on what days you are going some offer free days you can get in free general admission. hope this helps and have a wondeful time.  

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