I went to Chicago in the middle of July and wow was it was beautiful. The city itself is very clean in comparison to NYC. The weather was a sweltering 88 degrees and I ducked for cover under trees and the towering skyscrapers.
Word of advice for people that have never gone to Chicago and want to go.
- Summer is prime tourist season and when everyone goes because once October hits, the weather drops and the wind from Lake Michigan gives the Windy City its name.
- Book your accommodations in advance or else you will be left paying for a $350 a night hotel in downtown or a $100 a night hotel in the suburbs or a crappy airbnb in Chinatown.
- Uber prices vary drastically throughout the day. It’s best to uber pool everywhere to save money. That’s why staying in downtown is best. You get to avoid the pricy cost of Ubering from suburbia.
- If you want to go to the top of the John Hancock Center or the Willis Tower but don’t want to pay the steep price of $24 USD, then go to the John Hancock building; on the 96th floor, there is a bar. You can just buy a drink and sit at a table and enjoy the views for as long as you’d like, but for half the price.
- Luckily, I arrived to Chicago on the weekend they were doing the annual “Taste of Chicago”, which is a four day food festival in Grant Park. I had no idea it was going on until I walked by and saw a huge crowd. It was a great way to try a little bit of everything and that made my day. Samples of food ranged from a few dollars up until $15. If you want to go to Chicago during July, do it when its the weekend of Taste of Chicago. It’s a guaranteed great time!
What to eat!
- Deep Dish Pizza from Gino’s East on the Magnificent Mile and it was bomb.com. The crust has a mix of corn flour in there and it adds a nice taste as compared to the regular run of the mill white flour. The pizza I ordered was called the “Deep Dish Spinach Margarita” Pizza and it came out perfect, as in no extra grease and oil. But let me just go back to that crust. It was crispy on the outside and chewy in the inside. For two people, a small serving is perfect as it comes with four big slices.
- Ramen from the Japanese restaurant Ajida Ramen was delicious and the type of meal that will put you to sleep after a long day of walking the streets.
- An Ice Cream cone with rainbow sprinkles while on Navy Pier! Ultimate sweetness with an amazing skyline of the city.