Welcome to the Windy City
I have been waiting for the perfect time to head back to Chicago and when my daughter said she wanted to see snow, I figured it was my chance. The last time I was in Chicago is when I graduated high school and went for a friend’s graduation party. We roamed the city but with no actual income to support our wants, we were limited to what we could actually experience.
This time, I made it a point to try new things and be a typical tourist. So I will share with you my top places to see, eat and everything in between. Lets start with the most important, food.
Best Places to Eat
Since we were only in the city for a couple of days, we really had to east as much as we could and not skip a meal. This way we could experience more of what the city’s food had to offer. Here are some places that we stopped by and really enjoyed.
- Niu B Sushi and Noodle Bar – They have a great selection of sushi and other favorites if sushi isn’t your thing. The sushi rolls that we tried (and I would definitely recommend these) were the Crunchy Roll and The Flammer. If cooked sushi is more your taste, I would choose The Flammer. They cook it in the oven and it has a nice spicy kick to it. I would also say to try the vegetable fried rice. Its a sharable plate so one was good for us since my daughter doesn’t like the look of sushi just yet. Also, do not leave this place without trying their desserts. Anyone of them is good.
- Giordano’s – Two Words. Stuffed Pizza. That is all I have to say about this place. I have never experienced stuffed pizza and now that I have I do not know how I lived without it. Giordano’s has a great selection of pizzas and other Italian favorites. Just keep in mind, if you want stuffed pizza for the table, be prepared to wait about 45 minutes for it to be made. But trust me, its worth the wait.
- FlatTop Grill – Their motto, They Grow It, You Pick It, We Cook It. This customizable stir fry restaurant was a big hit. I love the fact that they have all the ingredients lined up like a salad bar. The concept? You pick your protein, add all the fixings you want in it, add sauces to intensify the flavors, customize it my making it a taco or pita and leave it by the grill to be made up for you. The best part is they have someone at the bar to help you choose the flavors you want, so your not in left field when it comes to the sauces.
- Yolk – Amazing breakfast place! There are many locations around the city so chances are there is always one right next to you. Their waffles and seasoned potatoes were awesome and it left me craving that for breakfast every single day after.
There are other places around the city that we wanted to try but unfortunately we ran out of time on our trip. But there are plenty of the typical places you see everywhere like Starbucks, Panera Bread and of course the usual fast food restaurants.
Things To Do
Before our trip, we opted for the Chicago City Pass. This included the Shedd Aquarium, The Field Museum, and the Skydeck Chicago. You are also able to choose between The Adler Planetarium or the Art Institute of Chicago and Chicago 360 and the Museum of Science and Industry. I would recommend this for a family trip or for people who really like the museums and really being a tourist.
All of these places require a lot of time spent to be able to really enjoy it. My recommendation for the Field Museum would be to spend an entire day just there. It is huge and there is so much history to be seen. They also offer 3D movies to watch and if you purchase the City Pass, it is included with your admission.
My favorite is always the Shedd Aquarium because of my love for animals and marine life. I have always been a water girl and I’m glad my munchkin is headed in the same direction. They have a wonderful children’s area for the kids to touch shells and act like penguins. They also get to act out managing a submarine.
Now if you’re in Chicago for the views, you really want to hit up either Skydeck Chicago, where the famous ledge is to see clear below you or Chicago 360 where they have a ride that leans you ride over the ledge. If you want to see the beautiful view of the city like this one below, head between the Aquarium and the Planetarium right next to the great lake. Its a breathtaking view and if we weren’t freezing from the wind chill, we would have experienced it longer.
And be sure to not forget the usual places like the famous Bean in Millennium Park. If you do go during winter, take time to ice skate there to. But be sure to really bundle up!
When it comes to Chicago, they have a great transportation system with the buses and subways, like many big cities. But this time, we utilized Lyft. It saved these South Florida visitors from freezing in between stations. It’s a great system and there are so many drivers in the city that none took more than a couple minutes to get to us. Plus, this is the best way to get future recommendations. Who knows the city better than the people that live and drive in it everyday.
What are some of your favorite places in Chicago?