The kids are out of school and the weather is nice. It’s time to soak up all the sun and have all the fun possible. After polling the concierge community we’ve put together a summer itinerary that will not only be easy on your wallet but will cover some of Chicago’s most iconic attractions.
You’re going to do a lot of walking today and possibly some running and jumping, so make sure you load up on breakfast to get you and your kids through all the fun. Concierge Favorite Yolk not only has your breakfast staples but great original dishes like their Santa Fe frittata, which has the right amount of heat to wake you up and is the right size to fill you up. For a sweeter breakfast try the Nutella crepes because you deserve it. Kids will enjoy the Big Kid breakfast, but good luck keeping them away from the s’mores pancakes. There are six locations across Chicago, but you might want to check out their newest location in Marina City as it is closest to your next stop.
Joyce Fong, chef concierge at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, recommends starting out at Millennium Park and getting a fun, family photo at Cloud Gate or—as we call it—The Bean. If it’s a particularly warm day make sure you’re all wearing some clothes you don’t mind getting wet and run around the incredibly fun Crown Fountain. After you’ve explored some of the park, head over Frank Gehry’s BP Pedestrian Bridge to Maggie Daley Park recommended by Shannon Boland, chef concierge at the LondonHouse. On the surface this seems like an oasis for children, but after a few moments no park will make you wish you were a kid more than this one. Where do you start? The skating ribbon, rock climbing wall, mini golf, play garden, or the tennis courts—it doesn’t matter where you start but you surely won’t want it to end.
LINCOLN PARK ZOO
You can catch a cab, but why not get some exercise and rent a bicycle from Bike and Roll and ride up the Lakefront Trail to Lincoln Park. If you’re hungry after your ride maybe scarf down a Chicago-style hot dog or a gourmet dog from Chicago’s Dog House. Then follow Hyatt Regency concierge Omar Morales’ recommendation and head to Lincoln Park Zoo. What started as a gift of two swans and then the purchase of a bear cub for $10 has turned into one of the few free-admission zoos in the country that is open every day of the year. The Lincoln Park Zoo houses 1,100 animals in its 49 acres including lions, polar bears, gorillas, giraffes, camels, zebras, and much more.
Grab your bike and head down the Lakefront Trail to Navy Pier where you can return your bike. Brianna Connell, concierge at the Hyatt Center, finds Navy Pier as a great place to end your day. Take a load off and enjoy a view like no other from the Centennial Wheel as it brings you as high as 200 feet above the ground. If the kids still want to run around take them to the Chicago Children’s Museum, or if you want to take in some beautiful art don’t miss the Driehaus Gallery of Stained Glass. When your stomach starts to call again hit up one of the many great eateries at Navy Pier like Giordano’s, where you can treat yourself and your kids to Chicago stuffed deep-dish pizza. If you’re visiting on a Wednesday or Saturday end your day with the spectacular Aon Summer Fireworks right from Navy Pier.