visitors are always amazed by Chicago's offerings. Step inside a
fascinating museum, a first-class theater or an innovative restaurant. Venture
outside to see fabulous architecture, popular attractions and Millennium Park.
❏ Go to Anish
Kapoor's Cloud Gate (also known as "The Bean") early. It's the best time to
snap that perfect photo.
❏ Fill up on eggs, pancakes and other breakfast fare at
Lou Mitchell's, a Chicago institution for more than 85 years, where lines
usually roll out the door. To ease the wait, guys are given doughnut holes and
ladies get Milk Duds.
❏ Visit Skydeck
Chicago in Willis Tower and view the city from a dazzling 1,353 feet. If you're
brave enough, venture out onto The Ledge, glass boxes that extend 4.3 feet from
❏ Lunch at the
clubby Seven Lions and enjoy a crispy Muffaletta with eggplant.
❏ Then, cross the
street and spend the rest of the day at the Art Institute of Chicago. View the
extensive collection of Impressionist paintings. For contemporary art, peruse
the Modern Wing, where you can step onto the terrace for wonderful city views.
❏ For dinner,
take in the upscale ambiance at Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse, serving succulent
steaks and generously sized portions.
❏ Spend the
evening at a classic or contemporary play at the Tony-award-winning Goodman Theatre.
❏ End the night with a
craft beer at Kaiser Tiger or a boozy tiki concoction at Three Dots and a Dash.
❏ Rest your head at the opulent, historic hotel Palmer House® A Hilton Hotel.
❏ Have a healthy
breakfast and freshly squeezed juice at Beatrix, and then visit the Museum
Campus where three of Chicago's most famous museums sit side by side.
❏ Study Sue the
ginormous T. rex, and wander over to the mummies and other artifacts at The
❏ See stars and a
restored Gemini 12 at the Adler
Planetarium. So technologically advanced is the Grainger Sky Theater, you'll
think you are flying through the universe.
❏ Meet 32,000 new
friends at the Shedd Aquarium where dolphins dance, stingrays glide by and
❏ Hungry for a
late lunch? Grab a prosciutto-wrapped
chicken panini later in the afternoon at Labriola and spend the rest of the day
people-watching and shopping The Magnificent Mile.
❏ Dine at
award-winning Blackbird where the décor is minimalist and the entrees are
❏ End the evening with some fine blues at Buddy Guy's Legends.
PLUS... 5 GREAT PLACES TO GET PIZZA!
- PIZZERIA UNO: Chicago's famous deep-dish pizza was born here in 1943.
- GIORDANO'S: The stuffed pizza here is even thicker than deep-dish.
- GINO'S EAST: This spot became an instant legend with locals, national celebrities and visitors from around the world.
- LOU MALNATI'S: Deep-dish or thin, you can't go wrong with the buttery crust.
- PEQUOD'S PIZZA: They started a cult following for their pan-style pizza with a "carmelized crust" edge.