In Chi-Town

“Chicago, Chicago, that toddling town.  Chicago, Chicago, I’ll show you around…”

You can leave it up to Frank Sinatra to do the showin’ around in Chi-Town, or you can go see for yourself what this city has to offer.  I don’t think you’ll be disappointed spending the day cruising down the Magnificent Mile (Michigan Ave.)…although I highly recommend you do the cruising on foot.  Save gas, parking moolah, and there’s the opportunity to be outside soaking up the city.  Can’t get much better than that!

Downtown Chicago in the Evening

Where to stay…

There are plenty of hotels to choose from…luxury, boutique, and the money savers.    There are also a handful of Bed and Breakfasts in the area, if that suits your fancy.

Here’s a small list of what the Windy City has to offer in terms of accommodations:

Rafaeollo

http://www.chicagoraffaello.com/

Located on the famed Magnificent Mile, Rafaello has been recently renovated.  Its guest rooms are decorated with subtle earth tones in a European/modernist style.  During the late spring and into early fall, the rooftop deck is opened for you…catch a few rays or admire the night sky.

Rates start at $155 per night.

Hotel Monaco

http://www.monaco-chicago.com/index.html

Hotel Monaco is a boutique/luxury hotel located a few steps away from Michigan Ave. (the Magnificent Mile) and Millennium Park.  The hotel goes to great lengths to ensure its patrons experience its sights, sounds, testers, and tastes.  It’s not your ordinary hotel.

And for those who are actively concerned about the environment, Monaco is Green Seal Silver Certified.  They’ve met the environmental standards which were designed to reduce effect on human health and the environment.  Hats off to them, they were 1 out of 37 in the nation to be certified.

Old Chicago Inn Bed and Breakfast

http://www.oldchicagoinn.com/index.html

Innkeepers Cliff Hagerman and hosts Todd and Virginia Hyatt run this B&B.  It’s in a turn of the century Greystone, located in the heart of Lakeview just four blocks from Wrigley Field.

The rooms are cozy and charming.  A continental breakfast is served daily.

Chi-Town has a bit of everything for everyone.  Experience the thrill of Six Flags amusement park.  Take a stroll on beach or go for a swim in Lake Michigan.  Shop the Magnificent Mile.  Explore the arts of yesterday and today at the Art Institute.  Try some of the ethnic and not-so-ethnic food Chicago has to offer.  Book tickets to a Cubs game, the theater, or a concert.

Art Institute of Chicago (thanks to J. Nguyen)

Chicago Theatre (thanks to Joe M500 from WEST LOOP CHICAGO)

I thought this looked a little interesting…The Dinner Detective, an interactive dinner mystery show.

“The Dinner Detective is America’s LARGEST murder mystery comedy dinner show!  You’ll enjoy a fantastic four-course plated dinner while you solve a hilarious murder case.  A tantalizing Prize Package awaits our Top Sleuth of the evening.  But be careful!  In this show, EVERYONE is a suspect, even YOU, and the killer might be at your table!”

Kind of a fun twist to an evening if you ask me.

For more info go to their webpage: http://www.thedinnerdetective.com/sites/chicago/

I just gave a very small sample of what Chicago has to offer.  My advice…go there and experience it yourself!

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3 thoughts on “In Chi-Town

  1. alexisdcolombo says:

    I’m there right now! Haha. I love this city so much. People are normally super friendly and everyone is really open to individuality. I really really want to go to The Dinner Detective… I wish I hadn’t spent all of my cash in the past couple days. :[

  2. Rhonda says:

    I absolutely love Chicago and plan to go there again soon. Thanks for the tips! I will be checking out The Dinner Detective. It sounds fun.

  3. I have never been to Chicago before and you definitely gave some good insight as to what the city has to offer. I would love to check out the art institute and try some Chicago style food! I will definitely be planning a weekend trip soon!

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