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September 14, 2018

Where to Stay, Eat, and Visit in Chicago

Chicago is a city packed with booming technology, stunning architecture, and beautiful parks. If you are planning a visit to our HQ and looking for things to do while in Chicago, read this to discover things to do, where to stay, and what to eat!

Things to Do

You will not run out of activities in Chicago, your issue will be picking what to do between meetings!

Architecture

  • Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower): This looming skyscraper is a must see because of its symbol as an architectural legacy and currently the tallest building in the city. Take an elevator ride to the top and visit the Skydeck with a glass ledge that extends 4.3 feet from the Skydeck suspending you in midair!
  • John Hancock Center: This is another important skyscraper because it highlights Chicago’s history of innovative designs.
  • Marina City: these two towers are iconic for their unique corn cob shape.

Museums/ Aquariums

  • Art Institute of Chicago: With over 300,000 artworks, artifacts, and displays, you can spend hours in this museum.
  • Museum of Science and Industry: This museum features a restored U-505 German submarine that also allows tours inside! Check out the other many interactive displays such as the mirror maze, a coal mine simulation, and more.
  • The Field Museum: This natural history museum is packed with displays of dinosaurs, ancient Egyptian artifacts, a Hall of Gems and Jade, and a lot more!
  • Shedd Aquarium: this is one of the largest indoor aquariums in America and showcases over 1,500 animal species.

Wrigley Field / Wrigleyville / Chicago Cubs

  • 1060 W Addison St, Chicago, IL 60613
  • Home to the 2016 World Series Champions

Parks

  • Millennium Park: This is a beautiful park that has a lot of free concerts and events. Take pictures of the famous Bean and look at the other cool public art and architecture.
  • Grant Park: This is another beautiful park that has the Buckingham Fountain, which features a light show at night.
  • Lincoln Park: The park named after Lincoln’s assassination and it stretches six and a half miles along the lakeshore. Enjoy the golf courses, baseball fields, and other fun outdoor activities.
  • Maggie Daley Park: In the winter, this park features a quarter-mile ice skating ribbon that wraps around a climbing wall. If you’re coming in the summer, they convert this path into a great spot for running, walking, or roller-skating.


Where to Eat

Wicker Park/ Buck Town (Damen Blueline Stop):  this will drop you in a hot bed of cool shops bars and restaurants, Damen & Milwaukee avenues are both packed with delicious fare:

  • Le Bouchon: North on Damen into Bucktown: quaint French restaurant with small plates and wine.
  • Lillie's Q: East on North Avenue BBQ spot known for their bourbon list and cheap beer.
  • Nick’s Beer Garden: Southeast on Milwaukee Ave: great spot for drinks at night!
  • Small Cheval: Northwest on Milwaukee: little sister of the famous AuCheval serving juicy burgers, beers, and fries.

Ukrainian Village

  • Dona Naty’s: Steak burritos and milenesa tortas
  • Whisk: If you like a lot of bacon and breakfast meat, it’s a must visit!
  • Black Dog Gelato: Cash only artisanal gelato we highly recommended!

Lincoln Park

  • Prost: fun spot to drink, watch sports and snack on sausages and pretzels.

Marina City

  • Yolk: amazing breakfast sandwiches and coffee.
  • Smith & Wollensky: high-end chophouse with great steaks and seafood dishes.
  • House of Blues: great food and entertainment with live music.
  • Dick’s Last Resort: known for its outrageous, surly, and energetic servers who dish out good grub, cold booze, and heaping helpings of sarcasm.
  • Public House: This restaurant is great for late night eats with a good beer and cocktail list.


Where to Stay

  1. Downtown / Loop
    • Kimpton Hotel Palomar Chicago
    • 505 N State St, Chicago, IL 60654
  2. Near ILC
    • Hampton Inn & Suites – Chicago / Mt. Prospect
    • 1 Randhurst Village Drive, Mount Prospect, IL 60056
  3. Hotel near airport
    • Holiday Inn & Suites Chicago O’Hare Rosemont Hotel
  4. 10233 West Higgins Road, Rosemont, IL 60018

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