Chicago – 72 hours in style
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Day 1: Chicago for 3 nights
Meet & greet private transfer from airport to hotel
Accommodation at Virgin Hotels Chicago****
Steps away from the iconic shopping, dining and entertainment of Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile, this downtown Chicago boutique hotel puts a spin on modern luxury and comfort, offering 5 on-site restaurants, a rooftop bar and nightclub and expansive meeting and social spaces.
Each lifestyle-focused room at Virgin Hotels Chicago is designed with focus and relaxation in mind, offering a large dressing room area separated from the bedroom by sliding door panels. The dressing area features a closet with ample shelving and storage space, a well-lit make-up desk and a luxury walk-in shower with a rainfall shower head. An ergonomic bed and a 42-inch flat-screen LG Smart TV are provided in the bedroom area.
Panoramic views of the iconic city skyline surround the outdoor rooftop bar and nightclub. The Commons Club combines craft cocktails and small plates for guests to enjoy throughout the day. A premium coffee and wine bar is also available at the hotel.
Chicago River Boat Architecture Tours
Chicago is known around the world for its architectural feats, both inside and outside of the buildings. From the 100-year-old Art Deco, Neo-Classical, and Gothic Towers, to some of the tallest modern-day skyscrapers, Chicago is where old meets futuristic architectural endeavors. It has something for everyone in a way that no other city replicates today.
Dinner reservation at Bellemore
Enjoy the cuisine of Chef Jimmy Papadopoulos as he celebrates his two great loves: people and food. In modern brasserie décor taste the freshest, highest quality ingredients.
Frank Lloyd Wright Tour
This 3-4 hour tour includes transportation and tickets to Oak Park, IL to visit both FLW’s Home & Studio and ~20 other homes he designed in the surrounding neighborhood.
Rest of the day at leisure to explore Millennium Park.
‘The Bean,’ officially known as Cloud Gate, is a beautiful piece of public art that you’ve probably seen in Instagram photos. You will also find climbing walls, gardens, a skating ribbon open winter and summer (for ice skating and rollerblading). Hide in this quaint area surrounded in foliage – stuck between the tennis courts and Cancer Survivors’ Garden – and watch the sun set behind the skyline.
Dinner reservation at The Signature Room
Best view of the city, best cocktails, lobsters, roasted chickens….
3 hour private foodie tour
The Fulton Market food tour will take you on a historical tour, how an industrial district, shifted from a place of production of appliances, furniture and meat products to a hub of consumption of food and drink. This neighborhood walking tour is a one-mile jaunt through a neighborhood defined by change.
You will sample some of the culinary delights of Fulton Market without feeling overstuffed. You’ll get to taste artisanal deli meats from Publican Quality Meats and half of the signature sub at J.P. Graziano, a family-owned shop in its third generation. The neighborhood tour finishes with pickles and a craft beer sample at Haymarket Pub & Brewery. Please keep in mind that this is an educational tour. Other Chicago food tours may focus more on eating, but we will eat a light amount and most of all learn!
Until very recently, Fulton Market was a gritty meatpacking district. You’ll see the historic Fulton Market buildings that housed 19th-century meat and produce vendors. Today, of course, they’re home to an array of high-end restaurants. We’ll discuss how even the streets and sidewalks themselves were designed to aid the often grisly work of butchering and processing meat.
Beyond that, this neighborhood walking tour of Fulton Market will explore just how quickly the neighborhood has changed and gentrified. As recently as the ’80s and ’90s, Fulton Market was home to underground parties, drug busts and low-rent art galleries. Today you will find high-end retailers and headquarters for corporations like Google and McDonald’s.
And how did this all happen?! Your professional tour guide will talk about how the city of Chicago eased the way for all this development over the past 20 years. As we walk through the neighborhood, we will see active demolition and construction. Finally, we’ll discuss the infamous Haymarket Affair and labor history with drinks and snacks at the eponymous brewpub.
Evening Private Jazz and blues Tour
This 3-4 hour tour provides transportation and guide! You will visit 2-3 live music venues, as well as a few stops for ideal City Lights gazing. This tour itinerary is completely customized.
(Must be 21 years old or older. Please bring ID as music venues require them for entry.)
Private transfer from hotel to Chicago airport
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