Are you ready for the ultimate guide to Chicago? One of my favorite cities for food, live music and unique architecture, Chicago is bound to be one of your favorite trips. There could be a bajillion, but I list my favorite must-stop places if you’re visiting Chicago for the first time!
The Ultimate Guide to Chicago
1. The Bean
- For any first timer in Chicago, the Bean is a must! Bring a selfie stick, wear a cute outfit and you’re golden. J Bring on the selfies!
- Ok what girl doesn’t love oodles of cheese? This pizza is LIFE CHANGING! My favorite is the “meat lovers” or the “bbq chicken.” Both come with their famous deep dish crush filled with cheese, meat and happiness.
- Just a hop and skip from the Bean, Millennium Park includes the Bean and so many other installations. One of my favorites is the fountain! Go check it out!
- The BEST place to go for live music! We went for blues and Buddy himself played! It’s such a cool vibe for a laid back night. Also order the chocolate cake. See a food theme here? Haha the food is so good!
- Put on your big girl pants and walk out on the “ledge!” Take an elevator 103 stories high and walk out onto a clear platform overlooking the entire city and lake! I’m not afraid of heights, but this got me. J Definitely Instagram worthy.
- A trip isn’t complete without some quality shopping. Shop all of your favorite retail stores on the “Magnificent Mile.”
- Stock up on all of your childhood favorite candy! Dylan’s has EVERYTHING! The store is super fun and filled with a colorful assortment of merchandise and candy. My favorites are the gummy sharks.
- Up 11 stories, you overlook the city. I’d recommend going at sunset. Ah-freaking-mazing. Get the mac & cheese and scallops. OMG…one of my favorite restaurants for sure.
- I’d recommend going to Chicago in season! Wrigley Field has such a cool atmosphere plus you get a “Chicago dog” while you watch baseball. What’s better?
- It sounds nerdy, but this was one of my favorite parts of our trip! Chicago has such unique architecture because of the “Great Fire” in the early 1800’s. They had to rebuild all of downtown Chicago. This is why a lot of the buildings are super unique to any city within the U.S. Take the river tour! It’s a different vantage point.
Have you been to Chicago? What’s on your ultimate guide to Chicago?
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