Lives in Chandler, Arizona, United States
Since Apr 2013
25-34 year old male
Historic Walking Areas, Parks, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Monuments & Statues, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Arenas & Stadiums
Segway Tours, Equipment Hire, Bike Tours
Piers & Boardwalks, Theme Parks
Observatories & Planetariums, Speciality Museums
Architectural Buildings, Observation Decks & Towers, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Architectural Buildings, Observation Decks & Towers
We toured Millennium Park the first afternoon we arrived to walk off our jet lag. It was a perfect start to our trip. The park is a welcome site in such a big city. The park tour was part of a walking tour we discovered at http://www.fodors.com/world/north-america/usa/illinois/chicago/experiences/a-walking-tour-of-chicagos-public-art-2694548/.
We passed through the outside sculpture garden during our walking tour of Chicago's public art. There are some very unique and beautiful pieces here that cost nothing to view. Visit here during your walking tour of Chicago's public art: http://www.fodors.com/world/north-america/usa/illinois/chicago/experiences/a-walking-tour-of-chicagos-public-art-2694548/
"The Bean" as it is most commonly referred to as is a must stop for tourists. It can be busy and some people can be rude but that is to be expected at a tourist hot spot. This is a very cool picture location! We visited Cloud Gate as part of our walking tour of Chicago's public art: http://www.fodors.com/world/north-america/usa/illinois/chicago/experiences/a-walking-tour-of-chicagos-public-art-2694548/.
The Jay Pritzker Pavillion is a public theater located in the middle of Millennium Park. This is a nice place to stop for a break and relax. We stopped to watch a live jazz band on our walk of Chicago's public art: http://www.fodors.com/world/north-america/usa/illinois/chicago/experiences/a-walking-tour-of-chicagos-public-art-2694548/.
We started off the second day of our trip with a Wrigley Field tour. Unfortunately, we visited Wrigley after baseball season had ended but we still paid to take a tour of the sacred field. The tour was very interesting and showed us the locker rooms, press boxes, and several sections of seating including the bleacher seats in right field. The tour guide was very knowledgable and friendly. This is a must stop for any sports fan or fan of architecture!
We visited the Lincoln Park Zoo following our morning tour of Wrigley Field. This zoo is free and is worth the time to visit. You can get very close to many of the animals including the big cats and primates. If you are an animal lover, this is a must stop!
We ate dinner here our second night following our Wrigley Field tour and visiting the Lincoln Park Zoo. I consider myself a craft beer fanatic and was not impressed by the beer selection on my visit but I understand they change it often. The food is typical bar food but the brewery is very cool!
Our second morning started with a lakefront bike ride. Bike and Roll Chicago is a great company to rent bikes from. The pricing is fair and the staff is friendly. Our tour took us past and saw the Chicago Yacht Club, Millennium Park, Crown Fountain, Cloud Gate, Buckingham Fountain, Museum Campus, Soldier Field, Burnham Skate Park, McCormick Place, Hyde Park, Museum of Science and Industry, 63rd St. Beach, 71st St. This ride can take anywhere from 1-4 hours depending on your athletic ability but is worth the time if it isn't too warm. The bike tour we used can be found at: http://www.fodors.com/world/north-america/usa/illinois/chicago/experiences/a-chicago-lakefront-bike-ride-2694578/.
We started our second morning here with a bike ride down the lake front. After picking up bikes at Bike and Roll Chicago, we rode past and saw the Chicago Yacht Club, Millennium Park, Crown Fountain, Cloud Gate, Buckingham Fountain, Museum Campus, Soldier Field, Burnham Skate Park, McCormick Place, Hyde Park, Museum of Science and Industry, 63rd St. Beach, 71st St. This ride can take anywhere from 1-4 hours depending on your athletic ability but is worth the time if it isn't too warm. The link for the tour is http://www.fodors.com/world/north-america/usa/illinois/chicago/experiences/a-chicago-lakefront-bike-ride-2694578/. After returning from our ride, we ate lunch at Capi's on the pier which was very good! After lunch, we toured Navy Pier and checked out the amusement park, shops, and convention center. The view across the lake from the pier is very nice!
We spent the afternoon of our fourth day here after spending the morning at the Shedd Aquarium which is just down the road. There were some very interesting exhibits that my wife and I enjoyed. Children will definitely love this place. Take the public transportation here as the walk is a little long. Eat lunch in Gallileo's which is the onsite restaurant which offered a good selection of options.
Each trip my wife and I take, we eat dinner at a nice restaurant. Morton's is well worth the cost. This is the original Morton's which since opening has expanded across the country. Everything is as you would hope, the food is perfectly cooked, the staff is helpful and courteous, and the ambiance is top notch!
We spent our fourth morning here. This is an amazing museum for kids of all ages. The full size animal displays are very cool, especially the full size bull African elephants in the main atrium. Be sure to stop here if you have kids or if you are a history buff.
Stopping here is a Chicago must! The Willis Tower is the tallest building in Chicago and will afford you some amazing views! Visit here as part of Fodor's High Rise Tour.
I visited 360 Chicago as a part of Fodor's High Rise Tour. This tour will get you the best views of Chicago in two of the highest building is in town.
Ate here our last night in town. The eatery style is a little different in that you order your pizza and you don't get seated until it is ready. Plan to wait for a table here! Typically I am not a fan of deep dish pizza but this was one of the best pie's I have ever eaten! Foodies rejoice, this is the original Uno which has since expanded across the nation!