Whirlwind Weekend in the Windy City

Jul 08, 2013 -- 10:41am

I'm back from a long weekend in the Windy City! I LOVE Chicago - it has everything...amazing food, wonderful shopping, great sightseeing...you name it, this city has it! And with our new, non-stop flights from Myrtle Beach into Chicago on Spirit Airlines it's so easy if you want to get a taste of big city living for a weekend.

If you are looking to stay downtown Chicago, I highly recommend the Omni Chicago Hotel. It's an all-suite hotel so there's plenty of room for families to stay in just one room, it's located in the heart of all the tourist attractions. The Omni Chicago is just a five minute walk to the John Hancock Tower, ten minute walk to the Navy Pier and just outside of the hotel is every possible shop you can imagine lined up on Michigan Avenue. Also, Omni Chicago Hotel is priced right for a gorgeous four diamond hotel in the heart of all of the activity. It's so comfortable with incredible views - we could see Lake Michigan from our governor's suite. Yes, we got a free upgrade to the governor's suite with a welcome basket! Not to mention, the brunch there is THE best in Chicago and I've eaten at a lot of Chi Town brunch spots over the years. You don't want to miss out on that brunch...and it's a bargain for all of the made-in-house foods you get. Here's the link to Omni Chicago Hotel: http://www.omnihotels.com/FindAHotel/Chicago.aspx

One of my favorite places to eat -- Chicago Cut. If you love steak, don't miss this place! It has an incredible view of the Chicago River...very romantic at night. And the service is perfect. It's just been named one of the top 5 steakhouses in the country. http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/daily-ticker/top-5-steakhouses-america-134844588.html

As far as tourist attractions go, don't miss the architectural boat cruise. It's a great history lesson on the evolution of the city. It's about an hour and a half ride and on a beautiful day it's so relaxing and informative! There are many boat tours to choose from ranging from speed boat tours to ferry rides.

If boats aren't your thing - check out Millennium Park and see the iconic bean statue. Pack a picnic and enjoy the park (my favorite is people watching in this area).

Lastly, the shopping! Wow, as a woman who loves to hit up the mall - this place is incredible. My blood was pumping going down Michigan Avenue. It's a shopper's paradise. My all time favorite - Nordstrom.  I could spend all day in there but I didn't because there are thousands of other unique shops to pop into on Michigan.

If you are looking to plan your next vacation to Chicago, send me an email - I would love to send you some more restaurant and attraction recommendations. These are just a few of my favorites from this past weekend.

I've posted a few pictures from our weekend in Chicago on our WRNN Facebook page.


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