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There’s something about Chicago that makes it one of the my favorite cities in the Midwest. There is so much to do and see. There are always people walking around which immediately inspires you to get out and explore. There are coffee shops on every corner that provide tons of inspiration for London had a Little Lamb and the city has the most beautiful skyline views. Chicago has the best restaurants and cafes and I really don’t think I’ll ever get sick of hearing the sound of the city outside our windows at night. Keep reading for a handful of things that you must do if you’re never been to Chicago and a few extras for those of you that have been before!

 

1. Eat deep-dish Chicago style pizza.
Each delicious slice is cheesy, saucy and can be topped with whatever your heart desires. So many pie joints claim to have the original deep-dish Chicagoan favorite but I have had amazing slices almost everywhere which would make it nearly impossible to choose just one.

2. Take a photo by The Bean.
The Bean is a fairly new attraction and one of the most photographed spots in Chicago, making it a fave tourist attraction for visitors. 

3. Go shopping on The Magnificent Mile.
The Magnificent Mile also known as Michigan Avenue is home to some of Chicago’s most swanky shops, stunning hotels and best places to dine, making it a must-see for those visiting the Windy City.

4. Walk along Navy Pier.
Navy Pier is a beautiful shoreline along Lake Michigan and is home to the Chicago Children’s Museum, Pier Park and more. It is also known for having the most beautiful fireworks shows during New Years Eve and Fourth of July. 

5. Go to a Cubs Game.
Nothing says Chicago quite like a Cubs Game at Wrigley Field. It is one of the oldest fields in history and if you ever get the chance to take a tour of the place where the Cubs play, then do it! You will love all the fun facts you will pick up!

6. Visit the 360 Chicago Observatory.
Formerly known as the John Hancock Observatory, the 360 Observation Deck offers some of the best views of the Chicago Skyline.

7. Drink at a Bourbon-centric restaurant and bar.
For the first time ever I experienced bourbon at Baptiste and Bottle in the Conrad Hotel. This bourbon-centric restaurant has the most eccentric bourbon and whiskey selection with rare specialty spirits and amazing unique cocktails. The restaurant also has an amazing full menu of bold flavors with an emphasis on technique, texture and seasonal ingredients.  

8. Stay at a smart hotel.
The Conrad is a modern, globally-inspired hotel known for hosting smart luxury in every room and suite. It’s a stunning hotel located in the heart of River North with the latest in technology, and the first time I’ve ever experienced keyless check-in. You can literally walk up to your room and use your iPhone as a key to enter. Every room is complete with Bluetooth technology so you can personalize your entertainment experience and you can even access hotel services when you download the Conrad Concierge app, leaving personal luxury right at your fingertips. The Conrad Hotel is only blocks from Michigan Avenue and has the most stunning views of The Magnificent Mile and the Chicago Skyline. The 19th and 20th floors are decked out, complete with plush couches and an open space ready to welcome you. I loved taking the kids to the 20th floor, sipping on a cappuccino while I got caught up on my latest blog posts and my little lambs lounged in the comfy area by the lobby. The windows are huge and take you back to a place where you are suddenly in the heart of it all.

What are some of your favorite things to do and see while in Chicago? We would love to hear about them in the comments below.

This post brought to you by the Conrad Chicago Hotel.

1 Comment

  1. Great article and photos!!! I’ll definitely be doing those things on your list the next time I’m in Chi Town!! Great work LHALL!!! 😀

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