Normally, I like to throw elbows and rubber-necking, guide book-toting tourists. But some days, I can't help but join in their gawking. Here are spots that even locals should take a second to admire from time to time.
State St icon that's my go-to for shoes, makeup, clothes-even food (upstairs food court is a gold mine!). Christmastime displays magical.
A true Chicago gem that even locals gawk at. I like having visiting family stay there so I can join them for a drink (and a brownie!) at Potter's.
A classic that's lovable and notable for NOT being fancy or luxe. Old-school Chicago spot that provides a welcome reprieve from tourists. Love the jumbo shrimp cocktail.
A classic, yet unique spot to take in a show. Lots going on, from thought-provoking shows to classes and community programs. Check it out!
Have you met Sue? She's a real T-Rex skeleton (discovered in South Dakota in 1990), and the largest completely erected skeleton in existence. And yes, she lives @ the Field Museum.
A Chicago icon that everyone (even locals) need to go inside and gawk at, at least once. The bar is lovely & a fun spot to take out-of-towners.
Less crowded than the big guys, but still way worthy of a chunk of time. Beautiful space (great wedding venue!) and Chicago-centric exhibits
The menu (Greek standbys) could only be upstaged by magnificent skyline views from the sprawling patio. For dinner, opt for appetizers, as portions are hefty.
Check out the Thurs farmer's mkt for fresh produce, breads, flowers, and cheese. Nice spot to soak up the sun during lunch hour. Busy spot.
When you wanna make out-of-towners "ooh" and "ahh," take 'em to The Donald's place for a drink! The bar's view and cocktails are impeccable.
Nordies, Sephora, etc for the chains, but also local spots like Vosges Haut Chocolat (yum). A great mall without the suburban commute.
A Chicago landmark w/ a storied past & pretty impressive facade. Pop into the lobby for a look around. A gift shop & Argo Tea downstairs.
Fun city tours led by cool staffers. Design your own tour for parties! Nice alternative to boat cruise when the fam's in town. Fair pricing.