Chicago Travel Guide
Chicago is one of those cities where you have to visit at least once during your lifetime. Commonly known as Chi-Town or The Windy City, Chicago is famously known for their food, art, and wind. Their deep dish pizza and hot dogs (don't you dare put ketchup on that!) cannot be beat and you can feel the art vibe flowing through the streets and buildings with top-notch broadway and comedy shows as well as a playground for outdoor sculptures like Cloud Gate!
In this Chicago Travel Guide, I'll be covering When to Visit Chicago, Where to Stay, Food & Drink, Things to Do & See & the Best Photography Spots in Chicago.
When to Visit Chicago
Best Time Overall
Visit Chicago in the Fall (September - October) or in Spring (April - May).
The temperatures are warmer and the hotel prices are cheaper.
Cheapest Time To Visit
Winter (November - March)
Prepare for the cold and windy weather.
Summer (June - August)
You'll have to share the heat with many other tourists.
Where To Stay
If you want to stay near major sights and attractions, definitely check out The Loop and Magnificent Mile.
The Loop (Art Institute of Chicago, Millennium Park [The Bean])
Magnificent Mile (360 Chicago, Navy Pier)
Food & Drink
Pizza at Pixano's (Deep Dish)
Au Cheval (burger) Open from 11:00AM - 1:00AM. Waits can be long (3.5 hours) but
Bang Bang Pie and Biscuits (breakfast & dessert)
Little Goat (breakfast)
Do-Rite Donuts & Chicken (lunch & dessert)
Wildberry Pancakes and Cafe (brunch)
Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria (deep dish)
Giordano's (deep dish)
The Girl and the Goat (dinner) -Reservation are months in advance
The Doughnut Vault (dessert)
Stan's Donuts and Coffee (dessert)
Glazed & Infused (dessert)
Things To Do & See in Chicago
Big Bus Tour - An easy and convenient way to see Chicago.
Cloud Gate (The Bean)
Art Institute of Chicago (American Gothic (pitch fork) Night Hawks)
Crown Fountain - Two interactive video sculptures of a man and women. Perfect for a hot day to get soaked.
Navy Pier (lake and river cruise)
The Field Museum (dinosaurs largest t rex)
Willis Tower (formally known as the Sears Tower) - Sunset Skyline View
The Second City (Improv Comedy)
Best Photography Spots in Chicago
Chicago Theater - Beautiful building that is great for a long exposure shot at night
Navy Pier - Capture Chicago's fun-filled pier complete with a ferris wheel!
Shedd Aquarium - Beside getting some cool aquatic photos, there are a few spots along Shedd that has a view of Chicago's Skyline.
Art Institute of Chicago - The building is photogenic inside and out.
Cloud Gate (The Bean) - You definitely can't come to Chicago without photographing its famous landmark!