Best things to do in Chicago: Walking Tours
Now that its starting to warm up, I will be updating you once a month with fun activities you can do in the Spring and Summer Months! Walking tours are great because you get to experience everything the city has to offer and try new places you might not normally try on a day to day basis.
Some of my favorites include, but are not limited to:
- The Loop Architecture: You can expect to see masterpieces of brick, steel and glass by the likes of Louis Sullivan, John Root, Frank Lloyd Wright, Helmut Jahn and Mies vander Rohe to name just a few.
- The Gold Coast: Your guide will point out Romanesque, Queen Anne, Tudor, Georgian and Art Deco mansions and tell the stories of the "old money" that built them. Your walk will take you along pleasant tree-lined streets and through the Astor Street Historic District, home to both the sprawling Roman Catholic Cardinal's residence and the Italian Renaissance palazzo-style mansion of industrialist Cyrus McCormick, just two of dozens of opulent mansions along the way.
- Wrigleyville: Two blocks north of the centerfield wall is Alta Vista Terrace, "the street of forty doors". Its London-like rowhouses are duplicated on the diagonally opposite side of the street, a true architectural oddity.
- Famous tastes of Chicago: Try six of the Windy City’s quintessential staples from local restaurants and specialty food shops like Pizano’s Pizza and the Berghoff, the oldest family run-establishment in Chicago. Taste local favorites including deep-dish pizza, Chicago Italian Beef Sandwich and chocolates from Fannie May, just to name a few. Along the way, see and learn about the historical, cultural and architectural components that make up this legendary town.
- Underground Donut Tour: Donut-lovers are sure to enjoy this visit to some of Chicago’s tastiest donut purveyors, offering a chance to savor all of your favorite varieties, on the city's only donut-themed excursion.