With the increase in daylight hours it’s important to do as much as possible during a beautiful Chicago day. The city’s concierge have you covered with these iconic summer itineraries.
Richard Augusta, Concierge,
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel
For Richard Augusta breakfast is important when you have a long day ahead of you, so make sure to try Chicago staple Lou Mitchell’s. Work off the meal by renting a bike from Bike and Roll at Navy Pier and riding the lakefront to Montrose Harbor and back. You’ll likely be hungry again so head to the Park Hyatt Chicago to NoMi Kitchen where you can enjoy a contemporary American meal with stunning views of Lake Michigan and Water Tower Place. Your legs might still be tired, so take a break and still take in the sights on The Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise Aboard Chicago’s First Lady Cruises for an architectural river cruise. After you’ve retreated to your hotel for some rest, enjoy dinner at some of Augusta’s favorites like the Michelin-starred BOKA, the innovative and mouthwatering Intro, or deliciously Italian Siena Tavern. Cap off a successful travel day with a drink from Cindy’s rooftop bar for incredible views of Millennium Park.
Mike Steinkellner, Concierge
If you’re looking for a midweek escape Mike Steinkellner has the summer itinerary for you. On a Wednesday, start with an early trip to the Museum of Science and Industry. Get there as early as possible because with a U-505 submarine, coal mine, baby chick hatchery, Boeing 727, 40-foot tornado, and more you can easily spend a weekend at the museum. Steinkellner recommends taking a break at the Omnimax Theater. Catch the latest film “National Parks Adventure” to get a one-of-a-kind look at the country’s greatest treasures. Head back up north and grab a bite at Harry Caray’s Tavern at Navy Pier where you can grab a bite on their patio and get a great view of Lake Michigan and experience the excitement on the pier. Finish your day with a brew from the Miller Lite Beer Garden and catch the Aon Summer Fireworks show.
Caitlin Meeter, Concierge,
If you’re looking to focus on one neighborhood Caitlin Meeter has a great summer itinerary. Start your exploration of Lincoln Park and Old Town with breakfast at Kanela and enjoy a s’mores waffle, a crab cake benedict, or any of their other delectable dishes. Head to the Chicago History Museum and experience the powerful “Lincoln’s Undying Words” exhibit that explores the former president’s changing views toward slavery. Get back outdoors at the Lincoln Park Zoo, and make sure to check out the new baby camel. If you’re ready for more food, Meeter recommends Bricks Chicago. Don’t sleep on Chicago’s thin crust pizza just because we’re the birthplace of deep dish. When you have a slice of Bricks’ creative, whole-wheat crusted pizza while sipping on a delicious brew from their extensive beer list you’ll realize Chicago does all kinds of pizza perfectly. Walk off the pizza looking for the “Wizard of Oz”-themed statues at Oz Park, and then end your night with a show at The Second City and a night cap at Old Town Pub.