Lincoln Park Zoo

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What started as a gift of two swans and then the purchase of a bear cub for $10 has turned into one of the few free-admission zoos in the country that is open every day of the year. The Lincoln Park Zoo houses 1,100 animals in its 49 acres including lions, polar bears, gorillas, giraffe’s, rhinoceroses, zebras, and more.

Kingston Mines

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When you walk into Kingston Mines you leave all pretensions behind because this venue will slap it out of you with the music coming out of there. With two stages for you to see two live bands in one night it isn’t uncommon to be running back and forth from room to room. You can witness nellie “Tiger” Travis leave her heart on the stage with her powerhouse vocals and have your face melted by Joanna Connor’s guitar shredding in the next room all in one night

Chicago History Museum

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A small but fact-filled museum, the Chicago History Museum provides an excellent overview of the city’s past. For artifacts that have seen some of the city’s and country’s historic moments, don’t miss “The Secret Lives of Objects” exhibit, which features such objects like the table where Robert E. Lee surrendered during the Civil War.

The Second City

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For more than 50 years, this comedy improv and skit theater has attracted crowds and boasts a huge A-list alumni base. it’s always a bit slow to make your way into the theater as people point out photographs of Steve Carrell, Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey, Chris Farley, Keegan-Michael key, and the countless other stars that line up their walls. Every show is filled with future stars that you’ll be lucky enough to say, “i saw them when they were at The Second City.”

The J. Parker

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Sitting proudly above the Hotel Lincoln, The J. Parker offers one of the most spectacular views in all of Chicago. As you sip on one of their signature cocktails or local craft beers, enjoy the unobstructed water views from one of the 140 outside seats or 55 seats inside at the lounge. The J. Parker is a perfect spot to end a night.

Fat Rice

Fat Rice is a Portuguese, pan-Asian fusion spot that has created a buzz since opening in 2012 and continues to grow strong. Communal seating and craft cocktails make for a unique atmosphere while you chow down on their braised sweet and sour pork shank or piri-piri chicken.

Caitlin Meeter, Concierge
Hotel Allegro

The ComedySportz Theatre

The ComedySportz Theatre is the longest-running, short form improv comedy show in Chicago. Their interactive performance enable guests to provide input and vote for their favorite team with their laughter. One thing that sets them apart from other comedy clubs is their clean entertainment, which is suitable for guests of all ages.

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Israel Penaloza, Concierge,
City Suites Hotel

Three Dots and a Dash

Go down the alley, through the unmarked doorway, descend the staircase riddled with skulls, and discover the tropical paradise that is Three Dots and A Dash. This is the place that kick-started the resurgence of Tiki bars—and rightfully so—and the complexity of their cocktails is as magnificent as the retro, Polynesian-inspired atmosphere.

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Judson Corrie, Concierge
Waldorf Astoria Chicago

5411 Empanadas

5411 Empanada is a quaint Argentine restaurant where you will find an assortment of baked empanadas. My favorites are the bacon, date, and goat cheese or sweet corn. No other drink is more Argentine than the national drink of Fernet-Branca and Coca-Cola, and here you can find Fernet on tap! If you are wondering what 5411 stands for, it is the country and city code for Buenos Aires.

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Etienne Padin, Assistant Concierge Manager
Hyatt Regency Chicago

River Roast

Having a delicious brunch while listening to live blues is a great way to spend a Sunday. River Roast offers shrimp and grits and hangover soup in addition to more traditional food. You can also enjoy a roast bloody with crackling garnish while you listen to live blues music. Chef John Hogan often leaves the kitchen to join in with the band. Sit back, listen to the music, and watch the Chicago River roll by.

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Jan V. Viscum, Concierge
Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile