TPOL’s Guns & Butter Travel Guide is the best way to see as much as you can in as little time as possible. Here’s how it works – A trip is composed of two factors: Labor And Lazy. The opportunity cost (what is given up) for relaxing and being Lazy is gained by being adventurous in the form of Labor and vice versa. The guide includes inefficient activities i.e., tourist traps that should be avoided and aspirational activities that are worth doing but may be impossible to see given the constraints of time and resources.
“Chicago! Chicago!” Not my favorite Sinatra song, but it is a city worth singing about. Here’s what I did in Chicago. As usual, the Travel Guide is a good start but far from comprehensive.
Arrive in Style
Another option is the Radisson Blu Aqua.
A central option is the Hyatt Regency (see Hyatt Regency Chicago: Bedtime).
Chicago is a great sports town. I’m not a baseball fan but I enjoyed going to U.S. Cellular for Memorial Day. Catch any game from any sport.
New Orleans is the best city in the US for food (see Guns & Butter: New Orleans Travel Guide (Binge Edition)). Chicago is also a premier food destination.
Be sure to have a few hot dogs (see Chicago Style: Hot Dogs! Hot Dogs! Beer Anyone?).
The reason to go to Chicago is for the pizza. I’ve evaluated plenty of locations and stand by my original assessment that Lou Malnati’s is the best (see The World’s Best Pizza: Chicago Deep Dish Edition).
2021 TPOL Update: Lou’s wasn’t as good this time (see Post Lockdown Dream Fulfilled? Deep Dish Pizza in Chicago).
Others may recommend Giordano’s, but it’s not for me (see Giordano’s Pizza Chicago: Trust Your Taste Buds, Not Your Friends).
Traveling means drinking. If you’ve been Scottsdale you’ll recognize two bars: El Hefe and Bottled Blond (see Scottsdale To Chicago, El Hefe Sunday Funday). I preferred the Chicago Bottled Blond location to my former home course.
I don’t know if it’s world-famous or a tourist trap, but I enjoyed stopping at Billy Goat.
Tourism Must Do
- Walk down the Magnificent Mile.
- Go to the 96th floor of the John Hancock Building.
- Go to the beach
- Go to Navy Pier via Lakeshore Drive.
- Act like Ferris Bueller.
Tourism You Can Skip After Your First Time
- See the stupid Bean.
Chicago in the winter. It doesn’t look like this:
I love Chicago in the summer and will go back for more baseball, hot dogs, pizza, beer, and pho.
Chicago Travel Guide is part of the Round The Atlantic Trip Report.