What to do in Chicago

Everything you need to know about Chicago!

This page updated regularly. Our personal notes on what to eat, what to see and do, and where to stay; plus some additional reference material and historical information. Everything you need to know about Chicago!

RESTAURANTS/DINING (If on this list, we vouch for it!)
PorkChop (West Loop)
RPM Steak (River North)
RPM Italian (River North)
Duck Duck Goat (Fulton Market)
Little Goat Diner (West Loop)
Leghorn Chicken (River North)
Luxbar (Gold Coast)
Miller’s Pub (Loop)
Tavern on Rush (Gold Coast)
The Berghoff (Loop)
Bar Siena (West Loop)
Cindy’s Rooftop (Loop)
Remington’s (Loop)
Buddy Guy’s Legends (South Loop)
Gibsons Bar/Steakhouse (Gold Coast)
Eastman Egg Company (Loop)
Latinicity (Loop)
The Allis (West Loop)
Summer House Santa Monica (Lincoln Park)
Atwood (Reliance Building) (Loop)
Nosh + Booze (West Loop)
The Gage (Loop)
Rosebud Prime (Loop)
Pump Room (Gold Coast)
Swift + Sons (West Loop)
Maple + Ash (Gold Coast)
Grange Hall Burger Bar (West Loop)
11 City Diner (Lincoln Park)
11 City Diner (South Loop)
The Dearborn (Loop)
Bottlefork (River North)

ATTRACTIONS/THINGS TO DO
Chicago History Museum
Free Galleries
Museum of Contemporary Photography
Chicago Cultural Center
Field Museum (Natural History)
Chicago’s First Lady Architecture River Tours
Taste of Chicago
Museum of Contemporary Art
Garfield Park Conservatory
Lincoln Park Zoo
Bike/Walk the 606
Chess Records
Museum of Science and Industry (2017 free dates for people with valid Illinois ID)
Chicago Marathon

REFERENCE LINKS/GENERAL INFORMATION
Chicago Name Etymologies
Divvy Bike Sharing Program
Chicago Transit Authority
Mariano’s Grocery
Stephanie Schnick’s Chicago Pinterest page
The Chicago Flag, Explained
After-words Bookstore (River North)

FAVORITE HOTELS
Hotel Allegro (Loop) Note: This is the Official Schnick hotel for friends and family – located one block north of our building.
The Palmer House (Loop)
Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel (Loop)
Hotel Monaco (Loop)
Burnham Hotel (Loop)
Soho House Chicago (West Loop)
Virgin Hotel Chicago (Loop)

FAVORITE BUILDINGS (year opened)
Randolph Tower (1929)
The John Hancock Center (1969)
Marina City (1964)
Trump International Hotel + Tower (2009)
Union Station (1925)
Sears Tower (1973)
The Rookery (1886)
The Reliance Building (1895)
35 East Wacker – The Jewelers’ Building (1927)
Ogilvie Station (1912)
Chicago Board of Trade Building (1930)

BOOKS
1. City of the Century: The Epic of Chicago and the Making of America (2014)
2. Chicago: A Biography (2009)

HISTORY
The Wigwam (now 191 North Wacker)
Chicago Is… (promotional video, 1977)
This is Marina City (Part 1 of 2)
This is Marina City (Part 2 of 2)
History of Sears Tower
The Bob Newhart Show (opening)

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