6 of the most fun places to visit in Chicago (that aren't sightseeing)
Willis Tower? Check. Millennium Park? Bean there, done that.
Chicago is home to some of the most important attractions known for its lineup of skyscrapers. But there's only so many times you can take a picture at The Bean and make your way to the top of Willis Tower for that epic view. If you're looking for a new idea for that long-awaited girls trip (we're over you, Vegas), then the Windy City should be next up on your travel list.
From the most delicious restaurant in the city to ideas on how to spend your entire Sunday, ahead we've rounded up the top five places you need to check out the next time you're in Chicago. These places have been tried and tested and have surpassed all expectation.
1. Girl and The Goat: You can't eat your way through the city of Chicago without stopping by Girl and The Goat. The open-kitchen restaurant hot spot, by chef Stephanie Izard, features a mouth watering menu for a once and lifetime chic culinary experience. Think: Salted Caramel Crispy Beef Short Ribs and Miso Parmesan Pan Fried Shishito Peppers. Whether you're gluten free or vegetarian, you will not leave hungry. We recommend booking your reservation at least a month out. Trust us, it's worth it.
2. Tao Chicago: Located right in the heart of River North resides a 34,000 square-foot space made for a good time. The newly renovated nightclub and restaurant, inspired by Asian culture, features a posh place for you and your friends to let loose. With a DJ set so good, you'll wonder how it got to be 4:00 AM. And don't forget to use the wall of cat figurines for an Insta photo-op.
3. Chicago Riverwalk: Taking advantage of the sunny summer days in Chicago is a must. The waterfront strip located on the South Bank is the perfect place for a leisurely stroll. Watch the boats pass by as you stop and indulge in a charcuterie board and Rosé Spritzer from City Winery.
4. Summer House Santa Monica: Did you even weekend if you didn't brunch? This aesthetically-pleasing brunch spot is a cool escape from metropolitan life thanks to its natural light and plant-infused ceiling. Located in the luxe area of Lincoln Park, you'll find yourself laidback and relaxed munching on Ahi Tuna & Watermelon Tostadas.
5. Chicago's Boat Scene - The Playpen: While the Windy City is obviously known for architectural attractions, Chicago also has an incredibly fun boat scene (i.e, The Playpen.) Every weekend of the summer, an array of boats make their way out to the middle of Lake Michigan and tie up to create a lineup of one big boat party -- where hundreds of people jump from boat to boat. Let's just say it can get a little rowdy. What makes this experience even more unique is looking out at the Chicago skyline along the way.
6. CBIC Theater - Operated by Broadway in Chicago, this smaller theater showcases topnotch Broadway shows at a way more affordable price. Instead of braking the bank to see Hamilton in New York, make your way over to the Loop area of downtown Chicago for an A-list theater experience.