Whether you’re spending a day, a weekend or longer in Chicago, the city’s abundance of things to see and do (and eat and drink) can be overwhelming.
Need some direction on how to spend a day in the Windy City? Look no further.
Grab lunch at Shake Shack
Shake Shack — the very name conjures up images of classic burgers, crinkle-cut fries, hot dogs and, of course, those classic hand-spun shakes. The Shake Shack located in the Chicago Athletic Association hotel also has a special atmosphere you won’t find at any of the other locations — namely, the stately raised ceilings, stained glass and marble ceilings that permeate the hotel.
Take a walk in the park
A beautiful fall day is the perfect time to enjoy a walk in one of Chicago’s picturesque parks, many of which are located close to the downtown area. There’s the 24-plus acre Millennium Park, located in the Loop near Lake Michigan, which is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Midwest U.S. Or there’s Lincoln Park, where you can meander along the Ohio Street Beach or visit the Lincoln Park Zoo.
Dine at Nico Osteria
Located in the modern and stylish Thompson Chicago hotel, Nico Osteria is the brainchild of One Off Hospitality Group, and features some of the city’s best authentic Italian fare. From hand-made pasta to fish and seafood dishes, only the freshest seasonal ingredients make it on to the plate at Nico.
Sip on a cocktail at Apogee
Head up — way up — to Apogee the 26th-floor rooftop lounge at Dana Hotel and Spa. Mixologists take great care in crafting some of the country’s highest-quality, most innovative cocktails using top-notch spirits and base ingredients served in premium glassware. Individual or large-format cocktails, an extensive selection of wines by the glass or bottle, beer, bottle service and more — Apogee raises the bar when it comes to cocktail hour.
End your night at the Langham Chicago
Located minutes from Chicago’s hot spots, the Langham Chicago offers 300-plus spacious guest rooms and suites that offer incredible views of the city. This five-star hotel’s accommodations exude modern luxury, with elegant décor, floor-to-ceiling windows and everything a savvy traveler could possibly need.