There’s no denying that Chicago has become one of the top U.S. destinations for travel. With a thriving arts and culture scene, world-class museums, vibrant parks, and top-tier dining experiences, there’s an endless number of things to do and see in the remarkable Windy City.
While it might be hard to narrow down your Chicago bucket list to just a few excursions, don’t fret—these must-visit spots are excellent places to start during your stay at Ambassador Chicago.
Deep Dish Pizza at Lou Malnati’s or Giordano’s
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Chicago is renowned for its deep-dish culture, and there are several pizza shops across Chicago that serve up delicious pies (the kind with satisfyingly stringy cheese, lots of flavorful sauce, and thick, crispy crusts, of course).
You can’t go wrong with Lou Malnati’s or Giordano’s, both of which have traditional deep-dish and are pretty much experts in the pizza scene. The line might be out the door, but that just goes to show you that they’re worth it.
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Whether you’re visiting in the spring, summer, or wintertime, you can’t make a trip to Chicago without hitting Millennium Park, right in the heart of downtown Chicago. If the temperatures are warm, you can stroll through Lurie Garden to take in the landscaping and views, head to Maggie Daley Park’s playground for an afternoon of fun (great if you’re traveling with kids!), or splash around in the iconic Crowne Fountain to cool off. Throughout the summer you’ll also find art, antique, and food festivals, as well as movies and live music and dance performances.
If you’re staying at Ambassador Chicago during the winter season, the park is a mecca for holiday festivities and fun, including ice skating and a Christmas tree lighting. And no matter the season, be sure to snap a “selfie” at the Bean.
The Art Institute of Chicago
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Embrace Chicago’s rich arts and culture scene with a trip to the Art Institute of Chicago. Founded as both a museum and a school for fine arts back in 1879, it has become internationally recognized as one of the top fine-arts institutions today.
With various exhibits and both educational and interactive events, its selection is diverse and plentiful, and you can always grab a bite to eat along Michigan Avenue after you’ve worked up an appetite a few hours later. Be sure to check the calendar for current events and exhibitions prior to your visit.
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Cheese and caramel are a winning combination at Garrett Popcorn, and many carry buckets of the good stuff home to savor post-trip. Don’t miss out on tasting the Garrett Mix, which is that classic, salty, cheesy, and sweet blend that people can’t get enough of. You can also try the CheeseCorn, Buttery, or CaramelCrisp mixes. There are a few locations, so find one nearest to you at your convenience. And a tip? Bring some back for family and friends.
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The 1.25-mile-long path along the Chicago River is a must-see spot when you’re visiting Chicago. Year-round, you’ll find a variety of bars and restaurants, so you can snag a table or sit on the steps with a glass of vino from City Winery or dine over delicious pasta at RPM On The Water.
In the summer, you can also go for a run, bike ride, or walk along the strip to take in the views, and there are also opportunities to get on the water — try canoeing or hop on one of the famed architecture boat tours.
- Story by Isadora Baum