Lizz Riggs was born and raised in the Southern United States, but there’s no city that stands out to her more than Chicago, where she writes for ChicagoTraveler.com. “I love the comfort of the food, all of the beautiful and scenic places to run, the welcoming ambiance you can feel in your bones when you step off the plane, and, of course, some of my favorite breweries in America.” Check out her recommendations for the best things to do and see in the Windy City, then add your own. Follow Lizz on Twitter @Travel_Chicago.
Chicago is My City
Summer is the best time to visit my city because even though the temperatures are high and the crowds are dense, there are a million things to do all summer long — and you’re not confined by a bulky coat when doing it all. Plus, this is the time that pictures seem to turn out the best!
You can see my city best from the John Hancock Observatory.
Locals know to skip double decker bus tours (hello, traffic is terrible) and check out a boat tour instead.
Eli’s Cheesecake is the place to buy authentic, local souvenirs. Yum!
In the past, notable people like Oprah, Michael Jordan, and President Obama have called my city home.
If there’s one thing you should know about getting around my city, it’s taking the trains during rush hour is hectic! But also if you’re here to see the sights, it’s easy to do a lot by foot!
You can tell if someone is from my city if they know not to put ketchup on a hot dog.
Just outside my city, you can visit Chicagoland. It may not be NASCAR’s best track, but it’s ours!
My city is known for being the authority in deep dish pizza, but it’s really the authority on all pizza. That’s right New York City, I said it.
The best outdoor market in my city is Evanston Farmers’ Market.
To find out what’s going on at night and on the weekends, read Redeye Chicago.
When I’m feeling cash-strapped, I drink my craft beers at happy hour! Chicago has tons of bars with great craft beers on tap, and many of them have fantastic happy hour specials.
If my city were a celebrity it’d be Christian Bale because it’s beautiful and there’s no doubt it’s the best there is, despite a little bit of a temper.
The dish that represents my city best is a deep dish pizza, and craft beer of your choice is my city’s signature drink.
Aqua is my favorite building in town because in a city of innovative architecture, even this building manages to stand out.
The most random thing about my city is Joakim Noah’s facial hair.
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Taste of Chicago could only happen in my city.
In the spring you should run the Chicago Spring Half Marathon.
In the summer you should take a boat tour.
In the winter you should check out the Christmas lights on Magnificent Mile.
If you have kids (or are a kid at heart), you won’t want to miss the Shedd Aquarium.
The best book about my city is The Jungle.
When I think about my city, the song that comes to mind is “My Kind of Town” by Frank Sinatra.
In 140 characters or less, the world should heart my city because there’s no city more dedicated to delicious food, running, sightseeing, and learning than Chicago! We’ve really got it all!
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