A Weekend in Chicago
Collected by Natalie Taylor, AFAR Local Expert
I'm going to Chicago in April! Here are some of the places I hope to sleep, eat and shop at when I'm in the windy city.
820 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607, USA
Stephanie Izard puts together a great restaurant. The Girl and the Goat has been hard to get into since it opened and Little Goat had a 90 minute wait when we went last month. 90 minutes for diner food! That's impressive. Other things that were...
809 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607, USA
Streeterville, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
The architectural boat tour of downtown Chicago is the single best way to see this city in a whole new way. From first-timers to lifers, it doesn't matter how long you've been in town, this perspective is going to be new to all. There are many...
2657 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60647, USA
In 2011, one of Chicago’s most popular restaurants, Longman & Eagle, expanded into an inn with the creation of six rooms. The owners, two of whom run the music venue Empty Bottle, built and outfitted the whole place. Each of the rooms is...
233 S Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60606, USA
Willis Tower—originally known as the Sears Tower—was the world's tallest building for 23 years until it was unseated in 1996 by the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur. The 110-story skyscraper is still mighty impressive. Its "bundled...
825 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607, USA
A primo sourcing grounds for picnic provisions or a casual cafe meal, Publican Quality Meats is the latest food enterprise by the never-miss restaurant team behind Avec, Publican, and Big Star. Billed as a contemporary American butcher shop, its...
875 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
Are you ready? Behold because I never thought I'd get a view from the Hancock Tower like this for free. It's in... the women's bathroom. Yes, bathrooms are more than for gossiping and refreshing your lipstick. They are also used to take photos of...
600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
1060 W Addison St, Chicago, IL 60613, USA
Steeped in history, loved my many, loathed by some, and sorely in need of a championship, Wrigley Field is a true cornerstone of the always controversial sporting world. No trip to Chicago is complete without a visit to this monument to to...
201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60602, USA
If you're staying at the Fairmont, Swissotel, Radisson Blu Aqua or Westin (check location), Millennium Park is 5 minutes walking distance. For free, you cannot beat views like this. It's incredible. A great morning walk on the way to shop on State...
221 N Columbus Dr, Chicago, IL 60601, USA
With rooms overlooking Millennium Park and a short walk to the shopping areas of State Street and the Magnificent Mile, Radisson Blu Aqua has an ideal location. However, it is a destination in its own right. With a comfortable yet shimmering...
900 Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
I thought New York was a good shopping city but Chicago has pretty much the same big name shops and they're spaced out. The 900 Shops was probably my favorite space in terms of cleanliness, space and quality of shops. The best J. Crew is here and...
35 S State St, Chicago, IL 60603, USA
In my global shopping experience, Chicago is the only city comparable to New York for shoe shopping. That said, I think Chicago is a better city to shop in. If you go on a weekday or weekend morning, the shops like DSW are way more spaced out....
Chicago, IL 60601, USA
Visitors take their best Chicago photographs in front of the iconic Millennium Park sculpture called Cloud Gate (known colloquially as the Bean, for its shape). Conceived by British artist Anish Kapoor and constructed from 168 stainless steel...
2959 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60657, USA
Heritage Bicycles General Store is so many things: a coffee shop, a general store, and a place to buy a few key items for your hip closet. Most importantly though, it's a place to grab a cup of joe and watch art being created that you can ride...
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