Encourage your clients to gather their friends and plan a few days of
excitement in Chicago. With so many options for dining,
nightlife, dance clubs, shopping, spas, theater and culture, the opportunities for
a fantastic girls getaway are endless.
1216 W. Division St., Chicago
Located in a historic landmark
bank space, complete with cocktails in “the vault,” and inspired by the supper
club experience of a bygone era, The Bedford serves up modern American cuisine.
2024 N. Halsted St., Chicago
Groups will love the lively Mediterranean atmosphere and authentic Spanish cuisine at this Lincoln Park restaurant, featuring tapas, pintxos, paella and sangria.
1603 N. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago
Overlooking Lake Michigan with incredible views of the city,
Castaways is a casual dining spot with a prime location on the beach. Guests
can enjoy tantalizing appetizers, sandwiches, fresh salads and refreshing
desserts. And did we mention cool beverages? Choose from piña coladas, margaritas, daiquiris
and cold draft beer. For groups, consider renting a cabana.
600 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago
Japonais offers exceptional contemporary Japanese cuisine
and sushi in an extraordinary setting. Modern day Japan meets European elegance
in this trendsetting space. Traditional sushi and contemporary entrees include
filet mignon, broiled lobster and smoked duck. Casual lounge seating and
private dining areas are available for groups and parties.
Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria
Considered the oldest
family name in Chicago pizza, Lou Malnati's has stayed true to the original
Chicago style deep-dish pizza recipe first created in the 1950's. Plan a casual
girls night at one of these pizzeria locations, famous for buttery crust, sweet
and tangy tomatoes, gooey mozzarella cheese and perfectly seasoned sausage.
108 W. Kinzie St., Chicago
Expertly blending traditional Mexico with creative
interpretations of local and seasonal ingredients is the inspiration behind
Mercadito restaurants. Spanish for “little market,” Mercadito is modeled after Mexican
markets, serving up colorful tacos, flavorful guacamoles, innovative ceviches
and creative cocktails.
Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago
Groups can enjoy brunch, lunch or dinner with spectacular views on a cruise along Lake Michigan. Climate controlled decks make for a comfortable setting, while cityscape views and gourmet meal options round out the experience.
Summer House Santa Monica
1954 N. Halsted St., Chicago
California-influenced New American fare is paired with sustainable wines and a relaxed, beach-inspired vibe at this welcoming eatery. Locally sourced ingredients are used whenever possible.
Sunda New Asian
110 W. Illinois, Chicago
Guests can enjoy both private and non-private areas in this
hip, celebrity-touted River North restaurant, where Asian fusion eclectic
cuisine is served in an inviting, modern atmosphere.
Untitled Supper Club
111 W. Kinzie St., Chicago
Visitors may have a hard time seeing this establishment from
the street, but look hard – it’s worth it. This speakeasy-style supper club offers
dinner and nightly live entertainment, ranging from bluegrass to jazz, and it boasts
more than 400 American whiskeys, craft cocktails, beers and an array of wines.
Tastebud Food Tours
From deep dish pizza to Chicago-style hot dogs, visiting foodies can experience the best of Chicago's iconic dishes on these 3-hour guided tours. Tastebud Food Tours even offers private tour options, perfect for larger groups who want to sample only-in-Chicago foods in their historic settings.
Visitors can embark on a unique adventure to Chicago's best
restaurants with these dining tours. During the Progressive Dining Tour, guests
travel around Chicago in a stylish coach bus to enjoy hors d'oeuvres served at
the first restaurant, the main course at a second restaurant and dessert at a
third restaurant. The tour offers a unique, fun and exciting way to experience
different Chicago restaurants, interact with other guests and tour the city in
one memorable evening.
Plan a food tasting and cultural walking tour specializing
in combining delicious food and drink tastings with some serious fun in
Chicago’s most delicious, off-the-beaten-path neighborhoods. Rated the No. 1
Food Tour by TripAdvisor with over 1,000 reviews, these narrated food tours include numerous food tastings from
specialty food stores and ethnic eateries.
Bottle & Bottega
For groups who love art, wine and even a little
creativity, this interactive experience is sure to be a hit. Guests can sip
wine while painting their own masterpiece and enjoying time with friends. For
larger groups, book a private party.
43 E. Ohio St., Chicago
Your clients can learn fun cooking techniques
and food knowledge alongside friends when you sign them up for a hands-on class
at Eataly. From informative cheese classes to hands-on pasta workshops to wine
tasting panels, these classes offer plenty of insight and excitement for
5121 N. Ravenswood Ave.,
For libation lovers, plan a trip to KOVAL
Distillery for a day of behind-the-scenes activities. As Chicago’s first
distillery since the mid-1800s, this family-owned craft distillery creates a
variety of organic spirits and liqueurs. Visitors can take a tour every
Wednesday, Saturday or Sunday and sign up for a variety of classes, from
hands-on cocktail mixology classes to informative seminars on the history of
American whiskey. Private tours for large groups are available.
1007 W. Armitage Ave.,
Located in the historic Lincoln
Park neighborhood, this upscale design studio offers visitors the
opportunity to design their own handbags. Visitors can peruse sample bags, get
a feel for an array of leather swatches and design their own personal accessory
– all while enjoying chilled champagne.
1227 W. 18th St.,
At the casual Punch House, groups can make their
own punch and learn about the history of this party-friendly cocktail – all while
getting a first-hand taste of this delicious concoction. After the event, your
clients can stick around for more delicious cocktail and casual – yet gourmet –
pub fare, such as lobster rolls, stuffed pretzels and beef fat frites.
Buddy Guy's Legends
700 S. Wabash, Chicago
For a night of old-school blues in a Chicago institution,
plan a night out at Buddy Guy's Legends, one of the city’s true cultural landmarks.
Owned by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Buddy Guy, this venue has hosted some of
the best local and national blues bands seven nights a week for 20 years.
Visitors can enjoy a full menu of authentic Cajun fare along with an authentic
taste of Chicago blues.
House of Blues
329 N. Dearborn St., Chicago
1200 W. Randolph St., Chicago
For wine lovers, this fully functioning winery in Chicago is a
must-visit destination. Offering intimate concerts, food and wine classes, weekend
brunches and a restaurant touting sophisticated Mediterranean cuisine and an
award-winning wine list with more than 400 unique producers, groups will love
this wine-centric locale.
Chicago's premier restaurant and concert venue is a unique setting for a night out. The soaring splendor of a European Opera House combined with the down-home aura of a juke-joint make House of Blues a wonderfully unique entertainment experience for a girls’ night out.
at the Moon
26 W. Hubbard St., Chicago
Howl at the Moon is a live music venue providing dueling
piano show entertainment seven per week. Perfect for groups, this singing and
dancing interactive form of entertainment promises a fun, lively night out.
59 W. Hubbard St., Chicago
For a night of dining and dancing, this is the spot. This modern French restaurant, located in the heart of Chicago's nightlife
district, offers celebrated French classics in an upscale environment. Visitors
can have dinner on the main level and then head upstairs for an amazing club
scene with big-name DJs, dancing and possibly even a celebrity sighting.
ROOF on theWit
201 N. State St., Chicago
Gal pals can party it up 27 stories above the city on this
cool rooftop bar with a fully retractable roof, which makes the destination
great any time of year. DJs spin everything from bossa nova to house music,
keeping the dance floor moving until early in the morning. Birthday party and
bachelorette party packages are available.
The Second City
1616 N. Wells St., Chicago
What's better than an evening filled with laughter? Groups can enjoy a Chicago institution (and a rollicking good time!) at a Chicago-style improv and sketch comedy performance by The Second City.
Bike and Roll
Plan for a fun, active adventure by renting a
large quadcycle. Visitors can tour the 18-mile Lakefront
Trail alongside Lake Michigan on a spectacular four-wheeled, canopy-covered
quadcycle. Visit Bike and Roll at Navy Pier or Millennium Park – bikes are
first come, first served.
Water taxis are a fun way to see the river and
lakefront from May through September. Shoreline’s routes carry
passengers from the Willis Tower to Michigan Avenue and Navy Pier on the river;
and between the Shedd Aquarium and Navy Pier on the lake.
950 N. Kingsbury St., Chicago
Get groups out on the water with a guided kayak tour on the Chicago River. Active visitors will love the chance to get some fresh air and see the Chicago skyline from an exciting vantage point.
1650 Premium Outlets Blvd., Aurora,
With 120 stores, this is a true bargain hunter's
haven. Shoppers will find impressive savings of 25 percent to 65 percent every
day from leading designers and name brands including Ann Taylor Factory Store,
Banana Republic Factory Store, Brooks Brothers Factory Store, Coach, Elie
Tahari, Giorgio Armani, Kate Spade New York, Lacoste, Michael Kors
5220 Fashion Outlets Way, Ste. 230,
This outlet mall is located in Rosemont, Illinois near
O’Hare Airport and is accessible via the Blue Line CTA train, as well as daily shuttles from The Magnificent Mile. Shoppers can
enjoy savings of up to 75 percent off at more than 130 outlet stores, including
the likes of All Saints, Prada, Saks, Tory Burch and Hugo Boss.
N. Michigan Ave., Chicago
Send your clients loose on The Magnificent Mile, where more
than 450 retail stores dot North Michigan Avenue and the surrounding area. From
Cartier and Louis Vuitton to GAP and H&M, this retail stretch truly is a
restaurants and salons abound on Armitage Avenue, Halsted Street and Webster
Avenue, located in the heart of Lincoln Park. This historic Chicago area is
considered one of the city’s most desirable neighborhoods due to its charming
tree-lined streets, Victorian row houses and unbeatable shopping and dining.
N. State St., Chicago
E. Oak St., Chicago
Located on the north side of The Magnificent Mile, Oak
Street establishes its own retail glory as the home to many luxury brands such
as Hermes, Barneys New York, Jimmy Choo, Prada, Kate Spade and Lanvin, as well
as private designer showrooms.
This retail-dense thoroughfare includes the modern Block Thirty Seven
shopping, dining and entertainment area, as well as the historic Macy's on State Street
, featuring an unparalleled merchandise selection, five unique restaurants and architectural icons including the Great Clocks and the renowned Tiffany ceiling.
Off-the-beaten path vintage and thrift-type shops, airy
gallery style showrooms and cozy urban boutiques help shopping take on a
special feel in this vibrant and youthful neighborhood of Chicago. Plan a day
of shopping in this trendy area.
Bliss Spa at W Chicago Lakeshore
644 N. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago
Groups looking for pure bliss will find it at Bliss Spa, where movie-while-you-manicure stations, sensational spa treatments and posh surrounding create a refreshing an rejuvenating experience, located just steps from the bustle of The Magnificent Mile.
Peninsula Spa by Espa
108 E. Superior St., Chicago
The Peninsula Hotel offers
topnotch accommodations with luxurious pampering to match. The Peninsula Spa by Espa is famous
for its shoulder melting massages and a jaw-dropping lap pool. Plan some
relaxation time for girl friends looking to unwind.
The Spa at Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago
401 N. Wabash Ave., Chicago
Luxury awaits at this downtown Chicago day spa, where a calming lineup of signature treatments feature precious gem-infused oils and renowned products such as Kate Somerville skin care. Guests also can enjoy the panoramic views of the Chicago River from the on-site health club.
Astoria Spa & Health Club
11 E. Walton, Chicago
This expansive health and
wellness center inside the Waldorf Astoria Chicago hotel features a
wide-ranging menu of personalized services as well as amenities such as a
mosaic tiled pool, whirlpool tubs, dry saunas and eucalyptus steam rooms, as
well as a fitness facility complete with a Pilates and Gyrotonics studio. It’s
easy for groups to find plenty of ways to relax and rejuvenate.