Chicago eats, the sights, and culinary highlights

by W. Andrew Powell

Chicago is a traveller’s dream. For the last few days I’ve been exploring the city with an epic itinerary created by the good people from Choose Chicago, dining at some incredible hotspots, and taking in the sights.

On top of walking tours and exploring areas like Wicker Park, the food has been the focus, and it’s been fantastic at every turn. There’s also still more to come as I’m headed out next to check out the Chicago Gourmet festival for more culinary delights.

Chicago is such a beautiful city, and it’s so unique. The architecture in the city is stunning, and on top of that, the city feels textured, with streets over streets, beside parks or water, and peppered with stunning art and sculptures, creating a space that is layered, interesting, and gorgeous.

The core of the city is really just interesting to look at, easy to walk, and filled with places to explore. I could spend half the day along the River Walk alone, taking in boat cruises, snacks, and the sights of the city’s stunning architecture.

Plus the view from SkyDeck Chicago is amazing, especially if you stop for a photo on The Ledge that puts you on a glass floor high above the city.

Streeterville Social at Loews Chicago
Streeterville Social at Loews Chicago

And then there’s the food, and the drinks. Since Thursday, I’ve been to The Purple Pig, Tzuco, half-a-dozen pizza places on a walking tour, Stan’s Donuts, Lost Lake tiki bar, Streeterville Social and ETA Restaurant at my hotel, the Loews Chicago. Plus our press trip group had a stop at The Chopping Block and competed to make our own lunch from scratch, which was a fun way to change things up a bit.

Wicker Park was one of my favourite neighbourhoods so far, as there’s so much to see in the area, and it’s a lovely area to walk and explore, from the shops and eateries, to view from the top of the Robey Chicago hotel’s rooftop bar.

Staying at the Loews Chicago, in Streeterville, has also been perfect. The hotel is gorgeous, beautifully designed, with incredibly helpful staff, and the location is a short walk or taxi ride to some of the city’s best highlights. The rooftop bar, Streeterville Social, is also perfect for cocktails, especially around sunset and into the evening.

Stay tuned for more from the trip soon, and follow along on my Instagram stories for a few highlights.

Chicago River Walk

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laurel December 3, 2019 - 9:38 am

I have been here and there is so many awesome places to eat, went to United Center and beer was expensive but the experience was outstanding

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