Have you watched a lot of John Hughes movies?
Love deep dish pizza and Chicago style hot dogs?
Think you've experienced all that Chicago has to offer?
Don't believe everything that you hear- Chicago is a safe, cosmopolitan city with world-class museums, Michelin-starred restaurants, luxury shopping, historic ballparks and champion sports teams. People here are some of the nicest and most genuine you will ever meet.
If you are planning an extended date, please feel free to peruse my list of favorite restaurants, bars, spas, cultural events, museums, and sporting events to assist you. Native Chicagoans for whom the "Willis Tower" will always be the "Sears Tower"- I would love to help you re-explore our city. If you are visiting and have not yet experienced a Chicago winter....well, let's just say you may want to bring a coat!
Maple & Ash, 8 W. Maple St. (Near North)
Prime & Provisions, 222 N. LaSalle (Loop)
RPM Steak, 66 W. Kinzie St. (Near North)
Chicago Cut, 300 N. LaSalle (River North)
RL Restaurant, 115 E. Chicago Ave (Near North)
Everest, 440 S. LaSalle (Loop)
Alinea, 1723 N. Halsted (Lincoln Park)
Blackbird, 619 W. Randolph St. (Loop)
Oriole, 661 W. Walnut St. (West Loop)
RPM Italian, 52 W. Illinois St. (River North)
Spiaggia, 980 N. Michigan Ave. (Gold Coast)
Nico Osteria, 1015 N. Rush St. (Gold Coast)
Acadia, 1639 S. Wabash Ave (South Loop)
Shaw's Crab House, 21 E. Hubbard St. (Near North)
Roka Akor, 456 N. Clark St. (River North)
NoMI, 800 N. Michigan Ave in Park Hyatt (Magnificent Mile)
Topolobampo, 445 N. Clark St. (River North)
Pequod's Pizza, 2207 N. Clybourn Ave. (Deep Dish Pizza)
Lou Malnati's, many locations across Chicagoland (Deep Dish Pizza)
The Weiner's Circle, 2622 N. Clark St. (Char Dogs and Bar Food)
My Favorite Spas
The Waldorf Astoria Spa at the Waldorf Astoria Chicago, 11 E. Walton St.
Chuan Spa at The Langham, Chicago, 330 N. Wabash Ave.
The Peninsula Spa at The Peninsula Chicago, 108 E. Superior St.
The Spa at Four Seasons Chicago, 120 E. Delaware Pl.
AIRE Ancient Baths Chicago, 800 West Superior St.
Fun Places to Grab a Drink
Signature Lounge, John Hancock Building, 875 N. Michigan Ave. (Amazing Views)
Three Dots and a Dash, 435 N. Clark St. (Tiki Bar)
Green Mill Cocktail Lounge, 4802 N. Broadway St. (Jazz/Historical)
Kingston Mines, 2548 N. Halsted St. (Blues Club)
The Aviary/The Office, 955 W. Fulton Market (Craft Cocktails)
Sporting/Cultural Events THAT I Enjoy
Cubs Games/Wrigley Field Tours, 1060 W. Addison St.
Blackhawks Games, 1901 W. Madison St. (United Center)
The Second City, 1616 N. Wells St. (comedy shows)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, 220 S. Michigan Ave.
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 220 E. Chicago Ave.
Chicago Architecture River Cruise, Michigan Ave. Bridge or Navy Pier Departure