Wednesday, July 8, 2015

First time to Chicago?

Suggested 4-day itinerary:

Day 1- Fly into Midway
Train into the Loop
Check into Hotel

Chicago's First Lady Cruise

Rest- Free Time
Willette (Sears Tower)
Dinner- Bavette's

Day 2-
Breakfast at Yolk

Air:Southwest- Manchester, NH to Midway Airport
Hotel- Marriott Magnificent Mile

Breakfast: Yolk - Best in City
Lunch- Lou Malnati's Pizzeria

Dinner- Steak at Bavettes Bar & Boeuf
Hot dogs- Portillo's (City-wide)
Chicago's First Lady- the Official Architecture Foundation River Cruise -

Each Chicago Architecture Foundation architecture river cruise is led by a highly trained, volunteer docent, aboard Chicago's First Lady Cruises. These architecture experts guide visitors along the Chicago River for an unparalleled view of Chicago's architecture.
Air Deck- Willis (Sears) Tower
Spa/Salon- Aveda Institute Chicago
Nightlife- The Second City Comedy Show

The Green Mill - Jazz

Film- Chicago International Film Festival

Museum of Science and Industry - a long bus ride, but the U-505 sub is worth it!

Art Institute of Chicago (
"I am the geographer of my dreams"- James Ensor, Belgian Artist

“Never been to Chicago? Put it on your bucket list now!”
I always had the Windy City on my bucket list- the architecture, the food, those friendly Mid-Western people, the neighborhoods, the Lake, the Loop…but never had the chance to go.
So I just did it- I booked the ticket and researched how to get there, where to stay, what to do, and most importantly- where to eat and spa and shop!

Travel to Chicago:
Fly into Midway Airport only- it’s the best way to avoid delays and congestion at other airports.
Take the long walk (or wheelchair if needed) to the Metro stop at Midway- it takes you right to the Loop and all the hotels downtown,etc.
Stay at a hotel- 4,4.5 or 5-star is my preference- I got the Marriott Magnificient Mile- top suite- great deal and prime location.
Eat at the world famous pizza place, hot dogs, and steak- here’s where I ate:
With so many tours/activites- how do I decide?  I did tons of research on social media/websites, and found my top picks for 3 days, allowing for some down time and people watching/ (just being, not just running around and ‘doing’)

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