The Windy City is the best city, in my humble opinion. 😉 Living here is a blast!

If you are coming to visit, these lists might be useful. You can shop on Michigan Ave, but I recommend getting off the tourist path and exploring a few of my favorite neighborhoods: West Loop, Wicker Park, & Pilsen.

Stay
The Publishing House B&B – promo code MANDA10 saves you 10% thru December
Hotel Indigo
Longman & Eagle
The Robey
The Godfrey Hotel Chicago
Dana Hotel & Spa
Freehand Chicago
Thompson Chicago
Hotel Lincoln
Chicago Athletic Association

Use apps One Night or Hotel Tonight if you’re looking for a last minute deal on a luxury hotel.

Do
Headquarters Beercade
Chicago River Tours
Millennium Park
Cloud Gate aka: the bean
Lincoln Park Zoo
Shedd Aquarium
Navy Pier
John Hancock Center
Museum of Science & Industry
Oak Street Beach
Cubs game
White Sox game
Bulls game
Bears game

Eat

Rooftops
Virgin Hotel
Cindy’s (@ the Chicago Athletic Association)
London House
The Robey
J.Parker
Rock Bottom Brewery

Breakfast
Miss Ricky’s
Wildberry
Ellie’s
Yolk
Little Goat Diner

Brunch/lunch
Hampton Social
Au Cheval
Tuco & Blondie
Beatrix
Blue Door
Three Arts Cafe

Drinks
Cindy’s Rooftop
The Revel Room
The Violet Hour
Big Star

Dinner
Bavettes $$$$
Maple & Ash $$$$
Longman & Eagle $$$
Maudes Liquor Bar $$$
Green Street Meats $$
Chicago Q $$
The Publican $$
Dublin Bar & Grill $$
Mahalo $$
Dove’s Luncheonette $$
Big Star $
Happy Camper $
Homeslice $
Piece $

Dessert
Bombobar
Mindy’s Hotchocolate
Jeni’s Ice Cream
Stans Donuts
Do Rite Donuts
Firecakes Donut
Insomnia Cookie
Hopsmith –
Sprinkles Cupcakes

Transportation

The L is an easy system – you can buy a ticket at the window.
Uber > Taxi … but seriously, Uber is cheaper & tends to be more friendly. PS. Uber Pool for cheaper fare, but not if you’re on a time crunch!
DIVY bikes are easy to use, but $9.95/hour — not cheap. Also, please note that you shouldn’t be bicycling on the sidewalk. There’s a bike lane that flows with traffic. Be smart.