We've visited during the summer and the winter and enjoyed walking the Mile and the shopping experience immensely! No complaints - walking around in the city isn't for everyone, but if you like it, this is a great place to spend the time!
There are a veritable plethora of things to do in Chicago - primarily in the Loop. Rosemont is a western suburb, approximately 25 miles west of the loop. There is excellent public rapid transportation service - the CTA... More
There are a veritable plethora of things to do in Chicago - primarily in the Loop. Rosemont is a western suburb, approximately 25 miles west of the loop. There is excellent public rapid transportation service - the CTA - to the downtown (Loop). This is an excellent option as a car in the loop can be a burden. On-street parking is metered and rarely available. Parking garages are conveniently located throughout the loop and The Magnificent Mile (Michigan Ave.) but very costly. Walking in the loop, on Michigan Ave. and the Near North is safe and the route providing access to all the exciting offerings of this vibrant city. The museums are excellent and, if you can manage healthy walk, accessible by foot, although cabs and Uber rides are plentiful. The one exception to the walking tour is the Museum of Science & Industry. It is further south and a reasonable cab ride. As a native Chicagoan, I would recommend cabbing is you plan to venture south of 12th Street, i.e., the Science & Industry Museum and/or China Town. Otherwise, the best options are 12th Street on the south and Fullerton Pkwy. (Lincoln Park) on the north. Points of interest are the Art Institute, the Chicago Historical Society, the Field Museum, the Aquarium and the Lincoln Park Zoo. Legitimate theater abounds and ticket bargains are often available at the Ticketron in the Watertower complex on Michigan Ave. Restaurants abound and are excellent, with price ranges to satisfy every budget. Be sure to visit Millennial Park - where the Bean resides - take the Walking Architectural Tour and, weather permitting, the Windella Cruise on the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. A visit to Navy Pier will give an exciting view of the lake and a variety of restaurants, lake cruises, the Shakespeare Theater and, of course, the monster Ferris wheel. For an excellent sky view of the city, a visit to the Sky Deck at the John Hancock Building is worth the elevator ride but not the price. Instead, take the elevator to the Lounge and, for the same price (almost), enjoy the view and the cocktail. Or, our preference is to make a reservation at the 95th - fine dining on the 95th floor. A bit pricey but excellent food and the view is spectacular, especially if you can be seated late in the afternoon and watch the sunset, followed by the Chicago nighttime skyline. Whatever your choices, the variety of points of interest, exceptional restaurants and limitless upscale shopping opportunities make spending a few days experiencing Chicago's downtown and near-north venues a fulfilling adventure. Recent media communications have shed an unsavory pall upon the city. Those occurrences are isolated to the south side of the city, so don't let them deter your interest in discovering the jewels of this "Prairie City"!