Chicago Travel Guide

The Windy City

Chicago is a city unlike any other, known for its resilient spirit and inspiring comebacks. It beckons you to experience its iconic sights, architectural marvels, award-winning culinary scene, diverse neighborhoods, and welcoming Midwestern soul that truly makes Chicago the city that feels like home.

The Aviary

The Aviary

Since opening in 2011, The Aviary has been serving intricate cocktails showcasing the same attention to detail as the cutting edge dishes of Owner and Chef Grant Achatz’s dishes, one of the leaders in molecular gastronomy.



Intimate, high-end kitchen serving an extended New American tasting menu in a stylish space. The fact that nothing feels stuffy should not surprise, since Oriole is something of a family business. Crisp attention to detail is clear from every member of this team, who are all thoroughly versed in the intricacies of the rather complex menu. Oriole's tasting menu is stimulating and utterly contemporary; borderless with its interweaving of global flavors. It all begins with a cavalcade of delicate small bites: Aged hamachi with fresh wasabi and truffle honey shows a fascinating sweetness. Maine uni with yuzu kosho and puffed rice has fantastic crunch. A single crab shumai bobs in a soothing kabocha and ginger broth. Caraway cappellini is paired with a rich yeast butter, puffed wheat, and shaved black truffle for a heady dish. Desserts offer a tempting array from a celery-pistachio financier and guava Danish to sweet potato cheesecake and peppermint-dark chocolate bon bon. Oriole thinks of everything; there is even a non-alcoholic beverage pairing on offer. They have recently updated their space to provide you with a even better experience of the New American cuisine.

Promontory Point

  • Address5491 S Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60615, United States
  • Phone +1 (312) 742-5369

A beautiful park by the lake that is a bit of a hidden gem, Promontory Point boasts amazing views of the Chicago skyline. Locals love coming here for sports or with friends and family for a picnic. This is one of Chicagoan's best kept secrets! If you are in for the slow traveling experience, they even have firepits where you and your loved ones can enjoy an evening away from the buzz of the city.

Garden of the Phoenix

Chicago Park District

A little island, the Garden of the Phoenix is a secluded spot surrounded by nature. With beautiful landscapes and views, the Japanese-themed garden is a well-loved destination for locals taking a stroll, enjoying a picnic during the warmer weather, reading a book or even a yoga session. After a busy day out in the city, unwind with a stroll here!

57th Street Beach

Chicago Park District

You wouldn't want to miss a trip to the beach. Try the 57th Street Beach, which is conveniently located accross from the Museum of Science and Industry. Compared to Oak Street and North Ave beach, it is quieter and dotted with local families instead of tourists. It's a great place to enjoy one of the city's beaches.

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