Where to eat?
You can’t go to Chicago and not indulge in Chicago style deep dish pizza. That’s just not an option. Giordano’s is world renowned for good reasons, and to skip it would honestly be tragic. Every time I’m in Chicago, I make sure I work my schedule to fit in Giordano’s Pizza. Admittedly, though, I passionately despise cheese and order mine accordingly without it, but as you can see from the above gif of my friends’ order, this is pizza you just cannot pass up.
My Recommendation: Head here on an off hour. Lunch and dinner time are both extremely busy times here, so to avoid a lengthy line, try around 2 or 3pm. Still busy, but significantly less of a wait.
Where to drink?
Dylan’s Candy Bar
Dylan’s Candy Bar is also world renowned for good reasons. It houses over 7,000 different candies and treats from around the world making it the largest (in variety) Candy Store Chain in the world. I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, but I was in awe of just how grand the store is. There is two whole floors of just candies alone, an ice cream parlor, and the best part for all of us over 21… the candy cocktail lounge. “The Candy Bar” creates cocktails and specialty drinks incorporating the very candies they sell in the store, and it’s truly amazing. The above drink is a cocktail one of the bartenders made to appear like a fish tank. He used Wonka Nerds for the rocks and added Swedish Fish to further the cute-ness.
My Recommendation: The store is located at the very start of the Magnificent Mile on Michigan Ave, so stop here before heading off to indulge in the rest of the shops if you’ve got the time!
Where to sightsee?
Navy Pier Ferris Wheel
The new Centennial Wheel at Navy Pier is an absolute treasure. They recently replaced the old Ferris Wheel with this new, year-round, indoor gondola style wheel, and it is spectacular. If you truly want the best view of Downtown Chicago and Lake Michigan, this is where you need to go. You’ll be seated in a spacious eight seated gondola that provides an interactive screen with historical guidance through the speakers about the view you’re taking in 200 feet above the ground. It’s genuinely a really awesome experience, and it is my all time favorite thing to do each time I visit the city.
My Recommendation: Head here at sunset. You will find no better view of Chicago than that.
If you ever find yourself in Chicago, I do hope it’s for longer than 24 hours. It’s such a vibrant and lovely place, and I can’t imagine a better city to spend a few days exploring. That being said, I recently returned from a short little trip out there. I stayed in the Gold Coast area on my lonesome for two days, but met up with a couple friends for one full day of exploring before flying back home to Minneapolis. Given the fact that we had just one single day to explore The Windy City together, I felt it might be helpful to share what we got up to. For those who enjoy the challenge of seeing a lot during short layovers, I hope this helps you.