Favorite Things To Do in Chicago

The results are in, and the best concierge in the country have voted these 170 establishements as their favorite locations in the city. Don't waste your time wondering where to eat, drink, shop, and learn. These lists have you covered. We just made your trip to Chicago a whole lot easier.

Hubbard Inn

Hubbard Inn

Enjoy European-inspired small plates like chorizo and goat cheese flatbread, chickpea crepe, and fried tetilla cheese along with craft cocktails.

Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House

After conquering steaks with Gibsons, the owners opened up Hugo’s offering oysters, crudos, frog legs, lobster, and fish.

il Porcellino

Il Porcellino

Get your homemade pasta, vegetable antipasti, and other classic Italian comfort foods using local ingredients at this casual hot spot.

Judy Maxwell Home

Judy Maxwell Home

This general store is where you go to get that gift that will have you standing out at birthdays, baby showers, weddings, bridal showers, and other occasions and also elicit large laughs.


The menu highlights steaks, seafood, and a handful of pastas in addition to weekday Happy Hour specials available in the bar.


The French colonial decor, Saigon-inspired lounge and alfresco terrace of this upscale Vietnamese restaurant make this spot a unique destination.


Open year-round, this is one of the nation’s oldest and last remaining free zoos, housing animals that represent more than 200 species.

Lyric Opera of Chicago

Lyric Opera of Chicago

Well-known opera company putting on lavish performances in the massive Art Deco Civic Opera House. The Lyric also offers weekday public backstage tours throughout the year. All tours run from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and are $15 per ticket. Additional information available here