My wife is taking my three kids to Chicago this weekend just for fun. We’ve been there many times but usually with a purpose (her sister used to live downtown) but to be honest we were usually taken places and weren’t the ones deciding where to go. The kids are 15, 13, and 12. They are staying at the Embassy Suites Downtown/Lakefront at 511 N. Colombus.
They are looking for things they can walk… they are all in good shape so it can be a way as long as it is in a safe area. A cab isn’t out of the question if it is something good, but would rather walk if possible.
Shopping… I know they want to go to the Nike store and others in that area. There is some Popcorn place one of my sons went to… Garrett’s or something that he wants to go back to. They all like gadgets and I think there is a Sony store in that area.
Food… this may be the most important. The same son who knows about the popcorn place went to Gino’s and thinks it is the best in the world. My wife has heard good things about Giordano’s… anyone know about that. I went 20 years or so to Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder and thought it was great but don’t think it is close to that area (went when my sister was attending Northwestern). I think they would also enjoy an Italian Beef but don’t know where to go for those. I’d like them to try a Chicago Hot Dog, but I’m afraid they would order them with ketchup.
They probably don’t have enough time for museums etc. but anything they shouldn’t miss I’ll pass along.