Utimate Guide to Chicago

One of the largest cities in the states, Chicago is home to over 3 million residents and hosts approximately 40 million visitors each year. There is so much to do and see, it’s like a whole nother world. This Chicago travel guide will definitely come in handy.

chicago travel guide

Chicago Travel Guide

Where Is Chicago?

Chicago is right on Lake Michigan, in Illinois. Take a look.

What Is There To Do?

There is so much to do! I entertained myself just fine by walking around the streets looking at all the cool shops and people.

Navy Pier

You may recognize this from the Divergent movie series. There are fireworks in the summer months 2X a week and a 150 ft Ferris wheel giving you a radical view of the city skyline. There are shops, a children’s museum, water taxis and dining also.

Shedd Aquarium

The Shedd Aquarium is home to 80 different habitats and 3 million gallons of saltwater. This is by far the best aquarium I’ve been too and one of my favorite memories from the ‘Windy City’. They also have beluga whales, dolphins, sea otters and sea lions

shed aquarium chicago

Art Institute

If you’re into art, the Art Institute is right for you. They hold 15 collections featuring over 723,000 works.

chicago art institute

The Bean

The Cloud Gate (Bean) sits on Millenium Park and is a popular tourist spot for taking pictures while it reflects the city skyline.


Willis Tower Sky Deck

This is a must if you go to Chicago! You can stand in a glass box 103 stories high that overlook 40-50 miles of land. You can see 4 different states from the top while standing on glass 1,353 feet above the ground!

skydeck chicago

Museum of Science and Industry

Chicago’s science museum is by far my favorite museum. They have over 35K artifacts and 14.5 acres of hands-on exhibits. You can watch baby chicks hatch from eggs and see all sorts of cool stuff. I could honestly spend all day here, make sure you go when school groups aren’t (322K school children on field trips go each year).

What to Eat?

Try The Pizza

If you go to Chicago-you HAVE to try their Chicago-style pizza, it’s what they’re known for after all. There are many different places to get delicious pizza but if you need some guidance, go with Uno’s. They started in 1943 with the original deep dish style and featured as #1 in Thrillist as the best deep-dish pizza places in Chicago.

Where to Stay?

On A Budget

  • Airbnb always has great deals
  • Chicago Hostels are also a fun yet frugal option

On A Big Budget

  • Stay at the Trump Hotel & Tower downtown Chicago for about $390 a night.
    • 2 blocks from upscale shopping on the Magnificent Mile with pPosh rooms and full kitchens, floor-to-ceiling windows with city and Lake Michigan views, custom-stocked minibars and limestone bathrooms. Suites add marble fireplaces and bathrooms with separate showers and soaking tubs. WiFi is available for a fee. Amenities include an indoor pool, a seasonal outdoor terrace and a 23,000-sq-ft spa (surcharge). Additional perks include fitness studios, a salon (fee), event spaces, and a fine dining restaurant with panoramic city vistas.
  • Stay at the Langham Hotel for a luxurious escape starting at $450 a night.
    • #1 ranked US hotel on TripAdvisor and conveniently located within walking distance of the city’s business district and major attractions.

Getting There

There are a few different ways to get here, driving is an option but can be costly with all the tolls and parking expenses. Depending on where you live, you can take the train and ride right into Chicago Union Train Station. You can also always fly. If you do fly, learning how to survive long flights is definitely a must. O’Hare International Airport is located at the far Northwest of Chicago.

Thanks For Reading I hope this Chicago travel guide can be of use to you 🙂 Have you been to Chicago? Plan on going? I’d Love to hear about it in the comments bellow!

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12 thoughts on “Utimate Guide to Chicago

  • Chicago is such a great city, but so cold in winter! I’ve always loved visiting though and there’s nothing so lovely as a warm summer day there and a great pic in the shiny bean !

  • I loved the Navy Pier! I was wandering around, directionally headed towards the water (from HI Chicago in the Loop) and wound up acciventally finding the Navy Pier. Its such a great place to walk out to and then turn back and see the city skyline. I also really enjoyed the Museum of Science and Industry – though the name is a little meh, it was so highly rated that I figured it was god for a cold day. It did not disappoint!

  • That Art Institute looks cool! When we visited Chicago, the bean was so crowded and the one pizza place we went to was a huge disappointment =( but I think we need to give Chicago another chance.

    I would also recommend the DoubleTree Hotel in Skokie. It’s about 45 minutes from Chicago but they give you free warm cookies from a drawer behind the counter whenever you ask and they have an amazing pool that is half outdoors and half indoors!

  • As a lifelong resident of SE Wisconsin, I learned quickly how fun it is to go to Chicago. It’s only about 90 minutes from me and very convenient to take the train from Milwaukee. You hit on some of the best things to do and see but I would also suggest taking in some live music too! There are some great jazz clubs and other music venues in Chicago that folks could check out as well!

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