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Tips for visiting Chicago? Share your travel tips

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Travel Journalist & Podcast Host at MakeYourOwnMap, We Said Go Travel LLC

Hi! I am coming to Chicago next week to speak at the Travel and Adventure Show.

What should I do? See? Explore?

1 year ago (edited)
Ian
Founder, Travel Massive

Hi Lisa, that's great to hear the Travel and Adventure Show is back this year in Chicago!

I've only been two Chicago twice β€” once was hosted by @global_gaz who showed me a nice restaurant area around Maple and State St (?). The second time was a layover, and I stayed at a motel near O'Hare Airport so I could do some plane spotting in the evening. I have never seen so many planes land simultaneously in my life!

Obviously, don't take your advice from a Tasmanian β€” hope you get some helpful tips from other members here.

1 year ago (edited)
Travel Journalist & Podcast Host at MakeYourOwnMap, We Said Go Travel LLC

Thanks Ian!! I am excited to speak and to see CHICAGO

1 year ago
Event Organizer & Traveler, GlobalGaz

Too much to see and do!!! Of course, deep dish pizza - I am partial to Gioradanos. Steak - I like to local steak house Gibsons. You can check out Greek Town and the restaurants there. Go up to the Hancock for the views at the Signature Lounge, I think on the 95th fl. Some world class museums as well.

1 year ago
Travel Journalist & Podcast Host at MakeYourOwnMap, We Said Go Travel LLC

Thanks Ric! Those are some great ideas. I do have a CityPASS so will check out the museums and attractions on there. THANK YOU

1 year ago
Travel & Tourism Journalist | Greek Culture & Travel Expert | Founder & Storyteller @ TheGreekVibe.com | Writes for @gtpgr, TheGreekVibe.com

Chicago is my hometown. Do visit Navy Pier, Millennium Park, the Riverwalk, take a boat tour of downtown Chicago, get a taste of the Chicago blues off State St, go to Gino's for deep dish pizza, visit the Art Institute - Museum of Science and Industry, window shop on Michigan Avenue, artsy Belmont Area for coffee. Have in mind, Chicago is very very cold this time of year, so be prepared.

1 year ago
Travel Journalist & Podcast Host at MakeYourOwnMap, We Said Go Travel LLC

Hi Maria! You are right--it will seem VERY cold compared to Los Angeles! What a great list! Thanks so much! Lisa

1 year ago
Travel & Tourism Journalist | Greek Culture & Travel Expert | Founder & Storyteller @ TheGreekVibe.com | Writes for @gtpgr, TheGreekVibe.com

Yes, indeed it is. Chicago has the so-called wind-chill factor which can add 20 degrees below the existing temperature. So be prepared. Have fun!

1 year ago
Senior Travel & Leisure Analyst, Mintel

The architectural boat tour is the best tourist thing to do in Chicago. Even in January. Our museums are also top-notch. If you want to explore everyday Chicago a bit, you might want to take the Clark bus north from downtown and pass through the different neighborhoods. Then get off when something looks interesting! We're also a great food city; the far north side has a lot of great Thai, Vietnamese, Indian and Middle Eastern restaurants. People will also say deep dish pizza, but I think Chicago-style hot dogs are not to be missed. Superdawg makes the best, IMO.

1 year ago
Travel Journalist & Podcast Host at MakeYourOwnMap, We Said Go Travel LLC

hi Mike! I am interested in the architectural boat tour--but in JANUARY!? I think I have to come back and try it when it is warmer. THANKS for this great list! Lisa

1 year ago
Travel Journalist & Creator, Travel With Meena
1 year ago
Travel Journalist & Podcast Host at MakeYourOwnMap, We Said Go Travel LLC

WOW MEENA!! I am reading your article and there is so so so much to do and see. I might have to MOVE to Chicago to have time to visit all these hotels, restaurants and activities. GREAT GUIDE! and congrats on being in T&L. Thank you!! Lisa

1 year ago
marketer | photojournalist, www.colorandcuriosity.com

Welcome Lisa! I'm not local anymore otherwise I'd come see you at the T&A Show! (In Denver now). BUT I lived in Chicago/Chicagoland area my whole life before that, including 10 years downtown.

As others mentioned, don't skip the architecture tour. Unique perspective, history, culture, fun facts, the Chicago River - it's the quintessential experience.

Since the T&A show is out in Rosemont it's accessible via the Blue Line on the El. If you don't have a whole lot of time, another thing you could do would be to take the Blue Line to Oak Park and do the Frank Lloyd Wright home/studio tour. Also the Oak Park Conservatory is a great place to spend a January day in Chicago!

Murals in the West Loop! The West Loop was originally home to the meatpacking industry and many cultural groups. Now it's industrial-chic. Great restaurants. Also check out Little Italy, near to Greektown.

Our Chinatown is one of the biggest in the country - growing while many others are shrinking. You can take the water taxi from Union Station (or the Wrigley Building, or several other stops) and get a glimpse of the river, architecture, and also grab some yummy eats (Joy Yee and Hing Kee for their xi long bao - seriously the best I've had).

I have a bunch of other highlights here too if needed: colorandcuriosity.com/things-to-do-in-illinois/

Also, just be aware and use street smarts, like any big city. Chicago is one of the best cities in the world but is not immune to city-type issues. Public transportation is great but when in doubt (esp at night), you can Uber everywhere. And I never walk around with headphones in etc.

Have fun and break a leg!!

1 year ago
Travel Journalist & Podcast Host at MakeYourOwnMap, We Said Go Travel LLC

THANK YOU Megan! It seems like the boat tour is a highlight... and I love a good mural tour. This is so great and thank you for the guide from your site. #TEAMCHICAGO rocks! Thank you! Lisa

1 year ago
marketer | photojournalist, www.colorandcuriosity.com

Also FWIW they do have enclosed options for the architecture tour with heated cabins! Shoreline, Wandella and Chicago's First Lady are all good options. I know Wandella and CFL have climate-controlled cabins, but just double check!

1 year ago

The Chicago City Pass is great value
www.citypass.com/chicago
Lets you see lots of the big attractions more affordably. Such a great city!

1 year ago
Rob

Take the Architectural Tour. It is a boat that goes up the Chicago river and gives a history of the city. Super worth it

1 year ago
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Tips for visiting Chicago? was posted by Lisa Niver in Discussion , Chicago . Featured on Jan 10, 2023 (1 year ago). Tips for visiting Chicago? is rated 5/5 β˜… by 1 member.
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