Reasons to Check Out Chi Town

Reasons to Check Out Chi Town

Did you know that ‘Chicago’ means wild onion? Neither did we (until we Wikipedia’d it). Fun facts aside, Chicagoland is the third most populous U.S. city, and that means plenty to do, see, and eat. Chicago has it all, for all — family fun vacations, romantic weekend dates, or solo urban adventures. Let’s begin, shall we?

Where to dine: Tanta has flavorful Peruvian share plates and the best Pisco Sour – not to mention a fabulous rooftop patio for those endless summer nights.  Or stroll over to Sunda for upscale Asian Fusion and celeb-spotting (say hi to Oprah for us). Brunch is a popular meal in Chicago, and the city boasts some terrific options like River Roast which has a phenomenal mimosa AND view of the Chicago River. Or try Beatrix, which offers fresh-squeezed juices and healthy offerings like quinoa cakes and lemon pancakes. The Purple Pig always has a line, but is totally worth the wait! Lastly, you’ve gotta try the deep dish pizza, and Lou Malnati’s is a great place to start.

What to do: Check out the Ferris wheel at Navy Pier for some stunning views of Lake Michigan, and grab a churro from the nearby refreshment stand to snack on while you wait in line.  Since Chicago was home to famous gangster Al Capone, pay homage to the city’s past with a visit to a secret speakeasy bar. Then, hit the Magnificent Mile for unbeatable shopping. Depending upon music preferences, Chicago has a spot for everyone. Havana offers sultry Cuban sounds with live performers and dancing. For live country music, Bub City and the award-winning Joe’s Bar are not to be missed. For late night dancing and world-famous DJ’s, UndergroundStudio Paris, and Cuvee are the places to be. For sports enthusiasts, a Chicago BlackhawksBearsCubs or White Sox game should also be on the agenda.

What to see: For unparalleled views of Chicago’s skyline, and to learn about the city’s rich history and architecture, begin by taking a boat tour along the Chicago River and lakefront, especially one sponsored by the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Take a break and take in the fabulous views from the Signature Lounge on the 95th floor of the John Hancock Center. Take advantage of Chicago’s rich culture by visiting the Art Institute of Chicago, or any of the museums on Museum Campus, such as the Field MuseumShedd Aquarium, or Adler Planetarium. Don’t forget to grab a #BeanSeflie at Millenium Park!

Take any of Amtrak’s 11 trains that go to Chicago  — fom either coast, we can help you experience all the Windy City has to offer. Plus, here’s a sweet summer deal for families: from now until August 28th, up to two kids ride FREE on the Hiawatha between Milwaukee and Chicago. All aboard!