The Chicago crew at gtrot.com reveals what to munch on, where to shop, what to do and where to party in the Windy City.
Chicago Q – This is one of our gtrotter’s favorite restaurants in Chicago. It’s located in the heart of downtown and serves up tasty gourmet barbecue.
DMK Burger Bar- Looking for a burger? This is you place! They have great burgers and specialty fries! We recommend the Truffle Parmesan!
Flo and Santos – Great pizza and pub. If you’re looking for a smaller restaurant with a cool vibe, head to F&S. Tons of beer, too.
Floriole Café and Bakery- We all love a little café! If you just want coffee and a sandwich, stop by and order an iced coffee and a B.A.D. sandwich (bacon, arugula, date spread).
Purple Pig- Known for it’s ‘Wine, Swine and Cheese’ this tapas bar has a great outdoor patio and a long wine list. Great tapas that change with the season are great for sharing!
Yolk- Breakfast anyone? Red velvet French toast or Nutella crepes? Have your choice at this local favorite.
Terzo Piano- This Italian restaurant has a great view of the city (Millennium Park) and amazing cuisine, which is all local and organic.
Akira- The boutique chain is affordable, trendy and there are numerous locations throughout the city.
Block 37- Located in the downtown area, this new shopping center is on State Street with stores like Zara, Puma, Sephora and more!
Michigan Avenue – Welcome to the Magnificent Mile. If you don’t mind shopping with a lot of people and love the rush, this is your spot. So many flagship stores and restaurants for you to visit.
Wicker Park – If you don’t want to deal with the always busy Magnificent Mile or State Street, head over to Wicker Park. There’s a great arrangement of stores from local boutiques to Urban Outfitters to Marc By Marc Jacobs, and a few consignment/vintage shops if you’re into that.
Cloud Gate “The Bean”- Millennium Park is beautiful during the summer, and you’ll always see people gathering around “The Bean”. It’s truly a spectacle, so grab your camera and take a pic of your reflection with the skyline as your background.
Fireworks at Navy Pier- They happen every Wednesday and Saturday and the best part is, they’re free!
Lollapalooza- Lollapalooza is the largest concert in the mid-west. Spanning three days with top acts across multiple stages. It’s a must attend! Grab a one-day or a three-day pass.
North Avenue Beach- If you want to lie out at a beach, North Avenue is one of our favorites! Pack a cooler and prepare for a day in the sun. If you get there early enough, you’ll be able to get in on a beach volleyball game!
Pitchfork Festival- Maybe next year? This music festival serves as a fun and affordable fun time. Not as expensive as Lolla, but you still have many band options.
Taste of Chicago – Woah, you just missed it! This annual fair hosts many of Chicago’s famous restaurants. Buy tickets and your palate will be thankful.
Barleycorn – Located in Wrigleyville, walk past the Wrigley stadium straight to a lower level restaurant and bar and upper level dance party. Fridays are pretty cray cray!
Big Star- Whew, the margaritas are very strong!
Kingston Mines- At this famous blues bar you can enjoy live music every night.
Signature Lounge – Head up to the top of the John Hancock building. If you’re looking for something more upscale with a bird’s eye view of the city Chicago, this is the right place for you.
Thanks to the gtrot team for giving us the inside scoop on the Windy City!