The best things here are their tacos all on house-made tortillas and Mexican classics like enchiladas. The large glass-walled observation deck has views that look out over Chicago's skyline and beyond. Vying for more meat options? What to Do Take a morning walk or a refreshing jog on Lakefront Trail and enjoy the skyline as it moves alongside you. From 8am to 11pm, the fountain bursts to life hourly, shooting 15,000 gallons of water through nearly 200 nozzles each minute to create an impressive display. Come with a group, drink a bunch of beer, and wash it all down with some pizza and cheesy bread. Sue is 42 feet long from nose to tail and boasts 58 terrifying teeth.
Chicago's Museum of Science and Technology is the largest science museum. Today, the theater is still used for a variety of comedic, theatrical and musical performances. Unfortunately, visitors have little reason to head there, as they are family-oriented rather that brimming with tourist destinations. Looking for a gourmet burger fix? During warmer weather months, cool off with a shaved ice at , a mainstay stand since 1954, open May through September. Serving up authentic German fare in a beer hall environment since 1898, is the spot to go for Old World-style sausage and German beer. Violent crime, especially in the areas near the lake, is almost non-existent. Initially opened as a bohemian opera house in 1892, the refurbished Thalia Hall hosts touring bands nearly every night of the week.
The signature ramens here are all chicken-based, so the broth is on the lighter side, and you can customize your spice level. Roving carts deliver the glistening birds table-side, which are quickly dismantled by servers into neat arrangements of breast, legs, and wings. Visit the John Hancock Center by night as the city really dazzles from the 94th floor. No matter that the cost of living is one of the highest in the city—this is the home of Wrigley Field. Between the towering architecture of the city and the lakefront is a marvelous piece of land free of buildings and full of life.
The wine list curated by Chicago native Christopher Harris provides the ideal complements. It's no wonder that Navy Pier is often considered one of the top things to do in Chicago. We enjoyed the beer and baskets of bread with butter. Order a mouthwatering rack of sauce-slathered ribs at , one of Chicago's oldest restaurant, which dates back to 1932. You can also sip a glass of merlot at City Winery or board a Water Taxi for a leisurely trip to Chinatown. Order a Numero Uno deep-dish pizza from a mainstay since since 1943 , which is loaded with sausage, pepperoni, onions, peppers, mushrooms and chunky tomato sauce, topped with mozzarella and romano.
Lincoln Park is usually safe, regardless of the hour. Filled with beaches, parks, gardens, playgrounds, and much more, the Lakefront Trail is the perfect place to wind down and relax. Come face-to-face with a giant mole cricket, wolf spider, and other animatronic creatures at 100 times their actual size. The name changed in 1905 to honor Marshall Field, the department store owner, art patron, and major benefactor of the museum. Whether it's frequenting the nearest watering hole or lazing about , there's no shortage of months, and a good portion of those places to go and sights to see are loaded with romantic potential. But the past year has seen a spike in crime here, mostly around the Belmont Red Line stop. New American dishes often consist of traditional American dishes that are fused with foreign flavors.
The tables are right on the riverfront and we watched kayakers and boats float past as we dined. Baseball diamonds, flower gardens, walking paths and wide-open grassy terrain are available as well. With more than 2 million guests every year, John G. Their tacos are a fusion of authentic mexican food with a little bit of a modern twist to them. The museum resides in the 14-acre former Palace of Fine Arts, which hosted the famous World's Columbian Exposition in 1893.
If this is your first visit to Chicago, the SkyDeck is a must-do. In summer, see the nighttime colored light shows, capped off with a center jet shooting water 150 feet in the air. Try one of the many creative burgers at , or go with the cheeseburger at , dubbed one of the best burgers in America by Food Network. Watch the Bulls slam-dunk and the Blackhawks hit pucks at the largest arena in the United States. You can find some truly one-of-a-kind dining experiences in Chicago -- granted you may have to sift out some Downtown tourist traps, joint after joint of indiscernible burgers and tacos, and the wealth of vapid and overpriced haute dining. In the summer, you can even enjoy some free, live classical music at the Grant Park Music Festival. Everything that grill touches is worth ordering.
What to See Observe this district of architecture, shopping, dining and business that has few peers. Since expanding from supper club to Avondale brick-and-mortar in fall 2013, lines form during peak lunch and dinner hours but move quickly at the cozy counter-service space. Chicago, and Lincoln Park in particular, is home to De Paul University's campus and the Lincoln Park Zoo. The West Loop is like the Disney World of neighborhoods when it comes to restaurants. Our reservation was for 5 pm and they took us directly to a table at 4:30.