Chicago, Illinois

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    Sterling8200
    19 Oct 2021
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    I live in Chicagoland, so I’m probably biased. But, I’ve only lived here for 4 years. Prior to being a resident, I was a tourist and a visitor. In Chicago it depends on the time of year.

    Summer – I recommend the Taste of Chicago, doing an architecture boat tour, Willis Tower and visiting the restaurants on River Walk, where you can watch kayakers go by and take in the people at sunset.

    Fall – Take in a show at the Chicago Theater, see a play, walk along Lake Michigan or just eat deep dish until you burst. London House is a great restaurant for apps and cocktails.

    Winter – it’s mostly indoors. Though a walk down Michigan Avenue is beautiful, especially and Christmas time when all the windows are decorated. Yes, it snows, yes it’s windy, but that is what great coats and boots are made for. Water tower place is great for shopping, so is North Michigan and State Street. We also have some great neighborhoods that each have their own vibe. I use Open Table, but it’s hard to find bad food and there is something for everyone.

    Spring – in Chicago its a blur of winter and then summer, we get a few days of 70ish and then it shoots up. There are a lot of festivals, day parties and happy hour spots, along with outdoor concerts and entertainment.

    The city is diverse, but there is still a lot of self segregation, i.e. Southside is primarily black, Westside is Latinx and black and Northside is primarily white. But, I’ve never felt out of place in the city or the surrounding neighborhoods.

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    Bombshell Travels
    03 Aug 2021
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    Favorite Thing to Do
    Neon Summer Chicago is in Chicago for a limited time! You can buy tickets on their site, and they have different packages for you to pick. There are plenty of activities for you, your friends, and/or family can do. There are Go-Karts, Mini Golf, and Axe Throwing. They have a lot of props for you to take pictures of. There are two bar sections. I recommend going early in the day or the weekday to avoid a large crowd. When there is a large crowd, there is a long line, and you have to wait to do the activities. My sister and I had a great time, and I recommend people to go.

    Favorite Brunch
    Batter and Berries is a black-owned restaurant. The Waffle and Kroof was very delicious. The waffle was made out of sweet potato, and they put fried chicken in it. They put B&B Maple Butter on top. The hot sauce on top of the fried chicken made it taste better! I recommend you come early, so you wouldn’t have to wait for a long time. Also, you can bring own your champagne, so you can have mimosas. Ask for the juices you want, and they will deliver.

    Favorite Restaurant
    Formento’s has a very nice atmosphere. The bread is paired with pure olive oil with olives in it. The calamari tasted VERY GOOD, especially with the Fennel & Pepperoncini Aioli. I had the Bucatini Carbonara. The egg helped the sauce thickens and more savory. The Tiramisu was really good. This was my first time trying Tiramisu. I recommend you try it.

    Favorite Museum
    The WNDR Museum is an interactive art museum. Each art display tells you the backstory and how you can interact with it. It was very fun, and I love how it makes you interact with it. My favorite art display was the Silver Ball Room. In the end, there is a Wisdom wall, and you can add your note to it. Also, I love reading what others have written.

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    _everybodyloveskee
    13 May 2020
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    Prior to traveling to Chicago for the first time a few years ago, I would always hear people talk about how good the food was, but I would always think they were just exaggerating. But I now stand corrected… hands down, Chicago has some of the best food in the country!

    Of course, you want to be sure you get the Deep Dish Pizza. My friends and I were fortunate enough to snag a table at Giordanos, the first night we were there, and it exceeded our expectations! We ate an entire pie at the restaurant and had a pie to go… the pizza was everything!

    For a to die for hotdog, I would recommend Portillos. When it comes to a hotdog, I’ve always only just had chili, ketchup, and maybe cheese at times. But Portillos comes through with the works! I had the Chicago Dog and it came with just about everything you could think of (mustard, relish, celery salt, onions, sliced tomatoes, a pickle, and peppers on a poppy seed bun).

    Lastly, if you’re in the mood for an amazing grilled cheese sandwich (yes, grilled cheese!), then Cheesie’s is your spot! This restaurant serves grilled cheese sandwiches with just about any food item you can think of… pulled pork, bacon, jalapeno, mushroom, chicken, and the list goes on. Sides and drinks are also served.

    I could go on for days talking about how good the food was in Chicago and I will admit that there has been times where I’ve thought about booking a flight to Chi Town, just to eat!

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    vladymeer
    13 Jan 2020
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    I’m a big foodie, Chicago is the place to go. From deep dish pizza, hotdogs, BBQ to Harolds chicken and can’t forget about the popcorn at Garrett’s. Chicago is Forsure cold during the winter. Best to travel during the summer where you can really experience the history of Chicago. From catching a baseball game, the architecture of the buildings. Tons of museums and free Chicago zoo, yes I said free zoo. Theres so many of black folks out there working and making a living out there. Yes Chicago can have a bad rap but that can be anywhere in the world. I staying at London house which is in the loop and in the middle of everything. booking it through hotel tonight. Chicago is a quick gateway but still want a city feel.

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    Felicia_Yearwood
    26 Sep 2019
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    I spent less than 12 hours there. Head the opportunity to live life on the Ledge(Chicago Skydeck), taste Chicago deep dish (NY is better), and get their infamous Garrett Popcorn. Sure you’ll find some type of entertainment on the train or local corner. Very diverse city, with interesting buildings.

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    tracheri
    16 May 2019
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    So Chicago is a very interesting city to say the least. My family is from the Southside and my grandmother currently lives there. As a recommendation I would only stay in the city center especially if you do not know anyone that lives there. A few summers ago we stayed in my grandmothers apartment on the Southside and needless to say I could not sleep due to the gun shots outside. What you hear about this city on television is real and should not be taken for granted. The city is very safe and protected by law enforcement with a ton of tourist things to do. The city is more gentrified than anything so finding more local restaurants is a task. For real great Chicago hot dogs go to Portillos. There are several Chicago deep dish pizza places that are amazing. We stayed in the Hyatt by the River this visit and it was surrounded by food and nightclubs. For things to do we just mainly took Uber around the city to view the sports themed places, and walked around. The Bean is a free picture taking spot although it is packed mid-day. We went to the Skydeck at the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears tower) and it was amazing. I would definitely purchase tickets ahead of time via TripAdvisor, and don’t purchase the VIP fast track cause that line was just as long. You can plan to wait about 30 min to take your pics but its pretty cool watching people pose for their pics lol it gets interesting! The city is huge with a lot to do so taketh chance and visit this awesome domestic destination!

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    Dwalls810
    09 Mar 2019
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    Chicago is an amazing city from entertainment, food, and history. It’s my favorite city to visit, it may be a little expensive but every dime you spend is well worth it. Whether you go in the summer or winter you’ll have an amazing time.

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    MalloObasi
    04 Mar 2019
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    I took a random trip to Chicago summer 2018 and had a ball! I went to the sky deck to start my trip off then ended up at a huge day party hosted by the Promontory! And even checked out Promontory Point Beach! I couldn’t believe how much I enjoyed my self but that’s why some places you just have to go see for yourself !

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    Taji
    17 Jan 2019
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    Chicago is literally the city that never runs out of things to do!!! Whether you go shopping the magnificent mile, sight seeing the navy pier or go take cool photos at the bean you will always be entertained in this city. Wrigleyville is an awesome hangout for cool bars, lots of ppl to meet, & great drinks. Chicago is a very nice place to go have romantic dinners or outings at a nice stage play or enjoy a nice cuisine at local hole in the wall restaurant. Chicago is very raw, certain areas I would stay away from for obvious reasons. But not to take away from their culture and amazing attractions. I can’t wait til my next Chicago trip but I’ll wait until the weather is a bit warmer. Safe travels!!

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    Ajackson219
    15 Dec 2018
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    I feel like I can comment on every category for this place. I LOVE CHICAGO! I live for the days I can take a trip there. First of all downtown is amazing, I hate leaving Michigan Ave. I know I choose nightlife but I have to talk about the food there. I have visited Chicago quite often and have only been disappointed ONCE on food. The other times have all been so amazing. When you’re downtown, you have to eat at Labriolas. It’s an Italian restaurant and man! Is the food delicious. I am seriously planning another trip there just so I can eat at that place again. Now, the nightlife. I feel like there’s always something to do. You had to Wrigleyville or boys town and there’s a bar on every block for you to party at. My girls and I went for a weekend and had a blast with the gays and made a few friends while there!

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    mrdwayneellis
    30 Nov 2018
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    Chicago is an amazing city to visit. Great food, beautiful architecture, and so much to do.

    I enjoyed the Navy Pier, the Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower), the Chicago Architecture tour, and the Big Bus tour ( if the weather is nice it’s perfect to hop on and off during the tour).

    During my visit I stayed in downtown Chicago at the Wit Hotel. This hotel is conveniently located to the subway and walking distance from many main attractions. They have a nice rooftop bar. The hotel staff is very accommodating. I enjoyed my stay.

    If you haven’t been to Chicago you should plan a trip.

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    onecupoftee
    28 Nov 2018
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    Chicago is a dope city. It’s one of my favorites in the U.S. I stayed at Wrigleyville Hostel in Wrigleyville, which is the sports and nightlife neighborhood in the city. I accidentally went on the weekend of the Chicago Marathon, so some stuff was mad overpriced, but I took it in stride. The public transit system in Chicago is reliable and easy to use, so that’s a great way to stay on a budget. I definitely recommend going to Chicago, but make sure you go when it’s warm. I went in October and it was unseasonable warm, which was a pleasant surprise!

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    onecupoftee
    28 Nov 2018
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    Chicago is so dope! The food, the culture, the sites are all awesome. I stayed at the Wrigley Hostel in Wrigleyville, which is Chicago’s sports and nightlife area. I accidentally visited during the Chicago Marathon and things were overpriced, but I made the most of it. I would say visit Chicago, but definitely make sure you do so on a low-weekend and when it’s not cold. I went in October and it happened to be unseasonably warm, which was great.

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    07 Nov 2018
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    Chicago is amazing in the summer. Do not travel to Chicago during the winter months. The weather is unpredictable and the cold is unbearable. The local food is the best, great high end shopping, museums, free zoo. It’s a great place for family travel or a couples getaway.

  15. Alhaji_Mohammed
    02 Nov 2018
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    Chicago has amazing amazing food. You can pretty much find anything you’re looking for

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    27 Oct 2018
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    I’ve actually been to Chicago twice, both times were different experiences. Both times had great food. Everybody knows to go there for the famous deep dish pizza, but don’t forget to go to the “Angry Crab”. A definite yum on my taste buds. My friends and I went there twice. The price isn’t bad with a group of people. We had shrimp, crab, lobster, cajun fries, garlic rice, potatoes and corn all for about $80. You can bring your own beer or wine to. They slap the bag right on the table with all the goodies and you go to town.

    Of course we did the tourist thing, the Sky Deck, the Bean, the Navy Pier ( don’t forget to get Garretts Popcorn) the line is ridiculous, but the popcorn is yummy. We really en

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    Elana_Wof
    20 Aug 2018
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    If you want a great place to go, this is it! I would suggest going in the summer. The wind is a lot but not annoying in the summer because the breeze feels fabulous. I visited the shameless house (from the show shameless) and was able to travel outside the inner city to a real jazz bar. It was amazing. The city itself is fun. Very lively, good food and cool people. You can go visit “the bean” and the water way. It’s a great city to just walk around and enjoy. All races and just a good time!

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    14 Jul 2018
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    I recently moved to Chicago to attend Law School from Maryland. As you may or may not know, Marylanders like go claim DC as their big city. So…I learned quickly that the vibes of the two cities (DC && Maryland) are COMPLETELY different.

    Compared to DC, Chicago has a more modern, contemporary vibe. I absolutely adore the humongous skyscrapers, the beautiful river running through the city, && Lake Michigan. I also love how clean it is for a city && it’s not overcrowded.

    Now when it comes to things to do, there is an overwhelming amount of places to go. The Big tourist attractions are: cloudgate (the bean), millinium park, skydeck, navy pier, Giodanos (deep dish pizza), Garrett’s popcorn, Lincoln park Zoo (free), && Buckingham Fountain.

    If you want to veer away from the tourists attractions I recommend you going to any of the beaches that Chicago has to offer. Also, Chicago is KNOWN for having abundance of food options. So don’t be basic && go to Chipotle. Try foods and restaurants you never been to before.

    Pay attention to pop up shops, events, && festivals that Chicago has because they have a ton such as: Taste of Chicago, Lalapoolooza, Caribbean Festival, Blues Festival and a crap ton of more.

    Lastly, if you are big on fireworks, Navy Pier has them twice a week.

    Anywho, just come to Chicago. Totally worth it! I love it here.

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    Ashley_J_Jackson
    08 Jul 2018
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    I visited Chicago for the first time in July 2018 and loved it! The weather is nice during the summer months. Sunny and hot during the day but not to the point of sweating and warm but a bit windy at night. I stayed at Hilton downtown which was walking distance from most of the tourist attractions. Uber rides ranged from $4-10 to some of the destinations.

    Food: I had red velvet French toast from a restuarant named Yolk. And it was absolutely delicious. I had a deep dish spinach pizza from Giordonos and its true, Chicago has some of the best pizza. I like having the sauce on top. People suggested getting Garrett’s Popcorn. I tried the Garrett mix (cheese and caramel) and the pecan caramel. Im not a huge popcorn fan but both were good. The caramel reminded me of Cracker Jack’s brand.

    Things to do: During my short 2 days there I was able to explore a good amount of landmarks in the city.
    1.Skydeck in Willis Tower- $24 or $40 fast pass. I would suggest going really early or buying the fast pass to avoid the long wait.
    2.Grant Park- beautiful statues and water fountains
    3.Navy Pier- shopping, ferris wheel, restaurants, carnival rides
    4.Boat tour- $23 for 40min tour with Shorline Sightseeing company located at pier
    5. Millennium Park- Cloud Gate (The Bean) and more fountains

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