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Whether you are looking for a local stay-cation or an extended trip to Chicago, your days and nights can be filled to the maximum capacity if you choose. Chicago, the great windy city, is known for its beautiful architecture, reputable list of exquisite chefs, premier retail shopping, and countless opportunities for entertainment. There are places to explore in the Loop (financial district), Gold Coast (high end retail and dining), Streeterville (lakeside ambiance and shopping), and River North (dining and entertainment). To get the best of all downtown neighborhoods, the Fairfield Inn & Suites Chicago Downtown in Streeterville is centrally located for all your excursions. Here, the Magnificent Mile is strategically situated and lined with numerous retail stores and restaurants. The hop on – hop off trolley is easily accessible, as well as, a short stroll to the beach.
If you are traveling to Chicago as a ‘foodie’ a must-hit location is the Meat Packing district. There, well-known chefs of all disciplines have the streets covered in fantastic dining experiences. A couple favorites are Girl and the Goat and Publican. Now, if you are traveling to Chicago, deep dish pizza is also a must-do. Two local favorites are Gino’s East Pizzeria, which features a cornmeal crust, and Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria, a locally-developed restaurant chain which features a butter crust. No matter which is your pizza preference, you will be satisfied.
Along the Magnificent Mile, there are an abundance of national retail chains with extravagant store fronts, similar to what you would envision in New York City. However, Chicago is lucky to also have 3 malls, strategically situated on Michigan Avenue: The Shop at North Bridge, featuring Nordstrom, 900 North Michigan Shops, featuring Bloomingdales, and Water Tower Place, featuring Macy’s. Any national retail brand you can imagine is located on Michigan Avenue. If you are a fashionista looking for a boutique, head to Lincoln Park or Wicker Park. Those downtown neighborhoods have a wonderful mix of retail chains and beautiful boutiques to catch your eye.
In your spare time between shopping, dining, and taking in the cityscapes, you must enjoy a little Chicago entertainment. We are a fortunate city to host our own broadways shows in the theatre district. Other shows like, Blue Man Group and Million Dollar Quartet have been performing in Chicago for years in the surrounding neighborhoods, and have fantastic reviews. Another local favorite is the architecture boat cruises. They give you a view of the city by water and fill your brains with local tips, culture, and history. If you are looking for a skyline view at night, definitely head to the John Hancock Building’s, TILT. This gives you views miles from Chicago, include the beautiful shoreline. You can even catch a cocktail at the Signature room’s 95th floor to view the skyline and a beautiful, clear day. No matter what you choose to do in Chicago, you will have a wonderful experience. We hope to see you in Chicago soon.