Downtown Chicago

posted 4 months ago in Travel
Post # 16
326 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

sassy411 :  hahaha I avoid meat and definitely whatever is in hot dogs but my husband, who’s a Chicago native like you, talked me into one and I loooved it! 

Post # 17
2687 posts
Sugar bee

bubbly2018 :  Bangers and Lace in Wicker Park as the best vegetarian Chicago style hot dog.  I am not even a vegetarian and I crave it!   sassy411   

Post # 19
28 posts
  • Wedding: October 2020 - Oak Brook, IL

SabL22 :  Lou Malnati’s for deep dish, hands down. Giordano’s is good too, although they differentiate by calling theirs a “stuffed” pizza, which is just deep dish with a whole bunch of stuff inside it instead of as a topping. Both are pretty great, although I prefer Lou’s buttery crust.

Post # 20
3286 posts
Sugar bee

If you do the boat tour, make sure it is the Chicago Architecture Foundation one. The others are quite inferior.

Post # 21
6814 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2016

SabL22 :  Lou Malnatti’s has the best Chicago deep dish, though tbh I’m not a big deep dish fan in general. But it is good every once in a while. 

Post # 22
2139 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

SabL22 :  Second city is usually pretty amusing, for amazing BBQ go to Green Street Meats (you won’t be disappointed). There are also places you can rent kayaks and kayak around the river. Museums of course. 

Post # 24
409 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2020 - City, State

Here are some of my tips:

Go to the Cultural Center. There is always art on display, and the building (with a Tiffany glass dome) is mind-blowing. And it’s free! Also, there is Chicago Greeter, which I think leaves from there. It’s a free tour, and just so awesome. You can book a tour or do a drop-in with Instagreeter on Fri-Sun. Local volunteers do the tours, and it’s just so cool to have an authentic tour from someone who is passionate about their city:


About the Cultural Center dome:


If you like live comedy, one can often procure free tickets to the Laugh Factory (two drink min., soda included) on Eventbrite. It’s in the Lakeview neighborhood, and if you like dive bars, the Dram Bar near there is awesome. 


And if you REALLY like comedy, you can also catch a show at the Annoyance near the Laugh Factory. Their shows are very affordable, and their Holy F*ck Comedy Hour is free:


The beaches are fun, and if you go more north, much less crowded. The Red Line will take you to the beaches of Rogers Park (Morse Ave. stop), which are rarely crowded. 


The National Museum of Mexican Art is in the super cool neighborhood of Pilsen, and shockingly, it’s free.


If you do an architecture tour, doing it through the Chicago Architecture Center, you can pay an extra $5 for admittance into the Center itself. It’s very cool if you like to learn about the world’s skyscrapers. They have models that are just really neat.


AND if you are short on time and just want to be in the water, the water taxis are a great way to traverse the river without spending much at all. No tour, of course, but it’s a neat ride from many destination points downtown, including getting you to Chinatown. 


Then French Market is a cool spot to eat:


Have fun!!!!! 








Post # 25
10704 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

sharpshooter :  

A vegetarian Chicago Dog?! 

Do not toy with me! 🤪

Can I order some online?  You can get Chicago Dogs on amazon, after all.  And Chicago tamales are available online, so . . .

Post # 26
1115 posts
Bumble bee

I spent the last 10 years living in Chicago, I miss it! Everyone is giving such great ideas. Have a great time!

Post # 27
335 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

somathemagical :  omg, I’m so happy I was eating beef at the time I went because green street meats was amazing, I only eat chicken and fish now so that place would be wasted on me!

SabL22 :  Lou malnatti’s was my favorite pizza and we tried 5 different places while we were there, architectural tour, grab a glass of wine or coffee by the river walk, shedd aquarium was amazing (a close second to the aquarium in Monterrey), the art institute, I did the observation deck but we had lunch at the signature room at ninety-fifth and the view is amazing, and Lincoln Park zoo (had to mention it bc that’s wear we got engaged) 

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