A Guide to ChiNectar
Hello friends, and welcome to the best city in the U.S.!
General information: Rosemont is NOT Chicago, it’s a suburb mostly comprised of stores/restaurants. You cannot walk to any common Chicago tourist attractions from Rosemont. O’Hare is the nearest airport, not Midway. There is always traffic and people drive aggressively. Free parking is a myth. You won’t get shot unless you somehow end up on the south or west sides (that’s generalizing, but here’s a crime map. r/Chicago is a wealth of more detailed info.
Things to do in Rosemont: * Rivers Casino * Fashion Outlets of Chicago (more shopping in nearby Schaumburg - IKEA!) * iFly Indoor Skydiving (can get discount passes at Costco) * Zanie’s Comedy Club * King’s Bowl * Joe’s Bar
Hotels in Rosemont within walking distance of venue: * Aloft Chicago O’Hare * Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare * Doubletree * Embassy Suites * Hilton Rosemont/Chicago O’Hare Check neighboring places such as Des Plaines, Park Ridge, Niles or O’Hare Airport hotels
Touristy things to do in Chicago: * Willis (Sears) Tower - Skydeck * John Hancock Observatory * Art Institute of Chicago * Millennium Park - “The Bean” - free * Museum of Science and Industry * Field Museum * Shedd Aquarium * Adler Planetarium * Navy Pier (Free Prismatica event there) * Brookfield Zoo * Lincoln Park Zoo - free * Maggie Daley Park - free * Architectural River Tours * Lakefront Trail along Lake Michigan - free If you are planning on doing some of these, consider the CityPass.
Nearby Forest Preserves: * Busse Woods * Catherine Chevalier Woods * Algonquin Woods * Schiller Woods South * Campground Road Woods * Camp Pine Woods Police often drive through these
Clubs/Venues in Chicago: * Sound Bar * Spybar * Smartbar * The Mid * Prysm * Reggie’s * The Hideout * Bassment * Concord * Subterranean * Aragon * Riviera * The Vic * House of Blues * Thalia Hall * Lincoln Hall/Schuba’s * Chop Shop * Bottom Lounge * Park West Pay attention to dress codes at each venue!
Getting around: * If you are driving, an iPass is key to saving time and money (not being paid to say this). You’ll inevitably be using the tollway to get here. * If you want to take the train into the city (via the Blue Line), utilize Ventra. You can get a physical card or download the app. With Ventra, you can use the CTA (“L” trains), Pace busses, and Metra trains. Metra trains and CTA trains are DIFFERENT. * Uber and Lyft are easily available anytime. * Divvy Bikes are bright blue bikes available for rent throughout the city (about $15/day).
Hipster Neighborhoods to Explore: Lincoln Park Wicker Park Logan Square (Farmer’s Market on Sunday) Ukrainian Village Bucktown Pilsen Chinatown Look for cool street art, shops, restaurants
Have the best time & take care of each other!
Edit: Added stuff and fixed a link :)
Amazing. I’ll be in ChiTown for Spring Gathering but then also moving there in summer so this was helpful for multiple reasons.
But first... let’s all survive Okeechobee in two weeks lol
Go big or go home
You're awesome and we love you for it
Just trying to be like you with all your fancy schmancy formatting. But work meetings + Nectar on the brain can result in something great!
Portillo's is so fucking dank.
Just wanted to say as another Chicago local that this post is extremely accurate and is exactly what I would recommend as well, every thing listed are my favorite things to do and see in the city.
Handel Bar (breakfast), Pick Me Up Cafe, Chicago Diner, Boiler Room, Kuma's (vegan impossible burger), Yard House
Suggestions for good vegetarian/vegan places?
Not a native but I tried Gino’s East for my first deep dish experience and I was not disappointed. Just a heads up though, any deep dish will take at least 45 minutes to bake.
This is fantastic, thanks! One small addition to the club list - if you like house and techno, Smartbar is fantastic! Top notch talent bookings, reasonably priced drinks, and a booming funktion one sound system.