Whenever we are about to visit our new destination, we must first plan out where we are going to spend the night(s). This is why we have come up with a few suggestions you might consider when visiting Chicago for the first, or really any, time. We will not be listing individual hostels, hotels, motels, B&Bs and the like. Instead, we will focus on the neighborhoods and areas you should keep in mind.
Whether you are a backpacker, a business traveler, or a journalist, Hyde Park offers several sites to behold in your leisure time, including the University of Chicago. Make your way to the south of the city and bask in the glory of the Oriental Institute, the Hyde Park Art Center, and the Museum of African American History. If museums and galleries are not your thing, you can just take a stroll in the park itself, or relax on the shore of Lake Michigan.
It is one of the most racially diverse areas of the city, so you can encounter all kinds of people here. It is also easy to get around by using the public transport system. Hop on the Green or Red Line, and you’ll be on your way to the next item on our list.
It is nearly impossible to visit Chicago without dropping in the area that boasts the tallest buildings in the city, including the site of the now-demolished Home Insurance Building, the world’s first skyscraper. It is the CBD of downtown Chicago and, in the entire US, it is second only to Midtown Manhattan in New York. Along with being the place to be for businesspersons everywhere, it is also home to a large number of theatres and art centers.
On the other hand, if you are more interested in places where you can eat authentic Chicago food, we recommend Giordano’s, Pizano’s, and Bella Bacino’s for the genuine taste of the world-famous deep dish pizza. You can join a walking tour and have fun shopping in the Randolph Street Market about once a month. It doesn’t get any better than this.
The younger travelers might appreciate the marvel that is Lincoln Park. It is the home to the people that have rebuilt their lives after the infamous Chicago Fire in the late 1800s. The accommodations often offer free Wi-Fi, bike rental, amazing facilities, and access to the beautiful North Avenue Beach, where you can relax and soak in some sun. This neighborhood is also where you can find Alinea, the only restaurant in Chicago with not one, not two, but three Michelin stars. So, if you are in the mood for some exquisite lobster or lamb, check it out.