Chicago City Guide: A Summary

ChicagoUnderPavilion Photo Credit (Unedited): Chris Smith

This is the final post in my 7 part Chicago City Guide Series. I often get asked for my favorites things to eat, see, and do in Chicago and am going to be very glad to have this summary handy for the next time I get a request. This was a really fun series to put together. Thank you to those of you that added ideas via the comments – you’ll notice that I added a few things to my lists based on your feedback.

Do you have 48 hours to spend in the city? Not sure what to do? Check out my 48 Hours in Chicago post.

BREAKFAST & BRUNCH (original post here):

  • The Bongo Room – Insider Tip: Unless you REALLY like sweets, get a sweet pancake to share with the table (they do many of them individually) and order something savory for your main meal – portions are huge
  • Glazed and Infused
  • Doughnut Vault – Insider Tip: Get there early – they only sell donuts until they run out
  • Café Selmarie
  • M Henry – Insider Tip: There is a great nail salon across the street
  • Bad Wolf Coffee – Insider Tip: Visit on Saturday just before 10AM to get a canele – they run out quickly
  • Big Jones
  • Batter & Berries – Insider Tip: A French Toast flight is a great starter for the table


LUNCH & DINNER (original post here):



Chicago Hot Dog:


Italian Beef:


Meat, etc.:


Vegetarian / Vegan:


PIZZA (original pizza post here):

  • Lou Malnati’s – Insider Tip: Forgo the diet and add the butter crust to your deep dish
  • Pizanos – Insider Tip: The thin crust is also really good here!
  • Giordano’s – Insider Tip: I actually prefer the thin crust here
  • Nueva Italy – Insider Tip: This is more of a delivery spot – ask for the buy one get one half off special when you order
  • Pequod’s
  • Coalfire
  • Spacca Napoli


Insider Tip: All of the spots listed above (except Nueva Italy, which is primarily delivery) get very crowded at the typical lunch / dinner times. If you’re eating at a pizza spot downtown go at off-peak times to avoid the very long wait times.

SNACKS & DESSERT (original post here):


DAYTIME SEE & DO (original post here):


Insider Tip – The museums aren’t cheap. At all. There are some free days during the year though – and many more options for Illinois residents. Do a quick Google search – you may end up saving yourself a lot of bucks.


ChicagoTheaterSign Photo Credit (Unedited): Kevin Dooley

DRINKS & NIGHT LIFE (original post here):


I hope that you enjoyed this Chicago City Guide Series. If you’re planning a trip and have questions please let me know in the comments!

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