See & Do
Chicago is a big city so there are endless things to see and do. Since you can’t do everything in one trip, we compiled what we consider the highlights of Chicago (some of our favorite local spots as well). Get a city pass here.
Some of the best Italian Beef and Hot Dogs in town!
Mana Food Bar
Vegetarians go nuts for this spot!
Barbeque, don’t miss the sweet potato fries & cornbread!
Great thin crust pizza – BYOB!
Milk & Honey Café
Breakfast and Brunch – great outdoor patio.
Asian fusion/Chinese, Modern Asian Kitchen.
List of sandwiches may be largest in the city, Full bar.
Specialty cocktails, small bites, and sparkling wine. Classing it up in Wicker Park.
Gold Star Bar
Drinks are cheap, and the jukebox has a really good selection.
Bangers & Lace
Fantastic ambiance and décor with a spectacular beer list.
Great place to watch the game and have a couple unique beers.
Mac’s American Pub
American/Sportsbar, duck quesadillas, and vegetarian pizza!
The Fifty/50Great brew and burger joint. Try the waffle fries!
Huge beer selection and lots of TVs.
Dive bar, funky décor, pool table, 70s/80s music.
Chicago History Museum
Learn all about the great history of Chicago as it went from a small trading post to a major economic center. New exhibits every few months
Museum of Science and Industry
For the science geeks out there, the Museum of Science and Industry of Chicago is home to some of coolest and most elaborate exhibits in the world. Check out their website to see which exhibits are in town during your stay.
The Art Institute of Chicago.
Winner of the TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice award, the Art Institute of Chicago is one the very best art museums in the world. For the art lover, this is a must-go-to museum.
On Lake Michigan
Clarence F. Buckingham Memorial Fountain
Right off the lake in Downtown is the Chicago landmark Buckingham Fountain. the fountain runs every hour and has light shows at night.
One of the more popular tourist attractions, Navy Pier offers boat cruises and fireworks every Wednesday and Saturday night.
Restaurant and bar shaped like a huge boat at North Avenue. It gets very lively on a hot summer day during the weekend.
Get some exercise and take a boat out at North Avenue beach.
More Fun Things to Do on Lake Michigan
Chicago Air and Water Show
The biggest event on the lake is the Air and Water Show. Featuring stunt planes and f-16 fighter jets. The jets fly so close you can see the pilots. Aug 20-21, 2016
Bucktown Arts Fest
Right by the hostel is a local art event featuring local and national artists. It’s a big party with art. Aug 27-28, 2016
The biggest music festival in Chicago takes place in Grant Park and has a lineup with star studded acts. July 28-31, 2016.
More of the indy lovers festival, Riot Fest has a great lineup each year. September 16-18, 2016
Visit historic Wrigley Field and watch some baseball.
Chicago White Sox
Baseball on the South Side.
Chicago Basketball at the United Center
Stanley Cup Champions 2010, 2013, and 2015.
The Magnificent Mile
Shopping, eating, drinking, and people watching: Michigan Avenue is filled with with all of it. Take a stroll and enjoy Chicago’s most famous street.
Enjoy a free concert in the park or take a selfie at the famous “Bean.” You can skate and rock climb in the nearby Maggie Daley Park as well.
Lincoln Park Zoo
Open every day of the year! Check out wild animals from around the world for free.
Free Chicago Walking Tours
Led by talented, local guides, this tour will cover Chicago’s most iconic neighborhoods and sites.
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