You've Arrived! Now What?
Get a jump start on some of Chicago's favorites. The Windy City is full of historic sights and buzzing with new things to see and do all the time. With so much to eat, places to shop, explore and experience, you may not know where to go first! Let us guide your trip with a few must-see attractions.
Comfort Food, Chicago Style
Oh yes, there are staples to the Chicago diet and you simply must find a way to enjoy our deep dish pizza, Chicago-style hot dogs, Italian beef, cheesecake, and that famous combination of caramel corn and cheese corn.
Giordano’s: Experience the classic Chicago deep-dish pizza that has won best in the city, time and time again. Whether you want stuffed crust, thin crust, salads, or sandwiches, Giordano’s has something for every Italian-lover!
Lou Malnati’s: Yet another amazing place to experience Chicago’s iconic deep-dish pizza. Lou Malnati’s is one of the oldest names in Chicago pizza, providing delicious food since the 1940’s. Choose from a variety of different deep dish recipes, from simple cheese, to “The Malnati Chicago Classic”.
Eli’s Cheesecake: You haven’t had cheesecake until you’ve had Eli’s. Choose from the wide variety of flavors ranging from fruity to chocolatey. Can’t decide? Order a sampler of a few of your favorites and try them all!
Garrett’s Popcorn: Originating in Chicago, Garrett’s homemade popcorn is truly a city staple. Try the classic “Garrett Mix" or mix your own tin with over 8 different homemade flavors.
There is not another city in the USA where three vertical shopping centers stand so close in one neighborhood. Enjoy the ability to power shop floor-to-floor!
900 North Michigan Shops: Head to the north end of The Magnificent Mile to experience over 70 different lifestyle stores at 900 Shops. Often referred to as The Bloomingdale’s building because of their large six story anchor store, the shopping center features a wide variety of stores to meet all your luxury retail needs.
Water Tower Place: Renowned for its many shops, restaurants, and theatre, Water Tower Place is a hub of entertainment and excitement. Be sure to check out unique attractions such as the Broadway in Chicago Playhouse and The Chicago Sports Museum.
The Shops at North Bridge: Spanning across six blocks, The Shops at North Bridge offers several different stores and restaurants, including the flagship Nordstrom store and Eataly!
The cultural offerings are seemingly endless and here are three which rate highly with visitors.
The Art Institute of Chicago: At over a million square feet, The Art Institute provides no shortage of things to do and see. Whether you spend the day or roaming or just take an hour to explore, you’ll leave already planning your next visit.
Shedd Aquarium: Experience over 32,000 different animals all in the heart of downtown Chicago. Don’t miss the chance to dine in one of their three restaurants and cafés, sure to please visitors of all ages.
Navy Pier: Navy Pier is home to several different Chicago attractions including the Chicago Children’s Museum, the new Centennial celebration Wheel, the Crystal Gardens, and more! With a rich calendar of events for every season, Navy Pier is a must see spot for all your entertainment and shopping needs.
For Theater Lovers
The range of offerings in the district is broad and includes Shakespeare, improv, classic performances and contemporary interpretations. There is something for everyone in our theater listings.
Broadway in Chicago: Choose from over 15 different shows to see and experience in the bustling Chicago Theatre district.
The Second City Theatre: Boasting alums such as Amy Pohler and Steve Carrell, Second City is home to the next big stars in comedy. Each show is based on improvisation and will be sure to keep you laughing the entire time.
Blue Man Group: Don’t miss this sensory-igniting show combining music, technology, and comedy. This exciting and energetic show is unlike any other!