2015-10-23Published by: Meghan Breen

I love Chicago! (and Suite Home Chicago corporate housing too!)

I have been living here for over 12 years (that’s a long time considering the fact that I am 12). I have done many exciting things, many elegant things, and many fun things in Chicago. And I am going to tell you about my favorites. You should check these out while you are staying at Suite Home Chicago corporate housing!

Portillo’s -(Downtown Chicago – River North) You’ve never had a famous Chicago Hot Dog if you haven’t had Portillo’s. They put sport peppers, relish, and pretty much every other thing you can think of except for ketchup on your hot dog. And for those of you who don’t like hot dogs, they have pasta, ceasar salad, and the best milkshakes on Earth. If you’re in Chicago, you MUST go to Portillo’s.

Stella Barra – (Lincoln Park on Halsted/Armitage)  Do you like pizza? Do you like bacon? Well you’re in luck because you can have it all in one bite at the amazing Stella Barra. They serve fancy pizza with ingredients that you wouldn’t normally associate with pizzas. My favorite is the pizza Rossa, with cherry tomatoes and arugula on top.

Museum of Science and Industry – (Hyde Park, south side of Chicago) It may sound a little bit educational. And it is. But in a fun way! You can learn how exercise impacts your heart rate while running on a giant hamster wheel. You can learn about genetics while looking at cloned mice. You can learn about aerodynamics while ‘flying’ in a simulated fighter jet. This place is great for kids and adults, and it will keep you entertained for hours! (My mom loves the Christmas around the World display during the holidays. There are 50-ish Christmas trees decorated with ornaments representing countries from all over the world).

Water Tower/Michigan Avenue – (Heart of Downtown Chicago) If you like shopping, direct your attention here. These are the best places for shopping in downtown Chicago. Whether you like stores such as Bath and Body Works and American Girl Doll or Gucci and Versace, you’ll have a nice day of shopping here. Michigan Ave. is store to store, whereas the Water Tower is more of a mall-like format.

The Maggie Daley Park – (Millennium Park, Downtown Chicago along lakefront). This is one of the coolest parks in Chicago, hands down. With super tall slides and an ice skating path, this park has it all. I would say that it’s for older kids (6+) and fun for adults too.

North Avenue Beach –  (Old Town/Gold Coast)  It’s a nice place to swim, play, tan, or relax. There’s also a restaurant there called Castaways that serves American food. And for those who like to run, bike, power walk, etc., there’s a pathway for you to do so! Also, you can rent paddle boards and play beach volleyball if you rent/bring a net and ball!

Chicago is full of great places to play and eat and do anything you want. In such a big city, there is a lot to try. I love all these places and you probably will too.

Have a nice time in Chicago! Welcome to the best city on Earth! (And I hope you stay at Suite Home Chicago while you visit!)