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Things To Do In Chicago – Local Tips From Hotel Monaco's Staff

Getting off the beaten path and discovering hidden gems is one of the wonders of travel. But how do you find those special places? Ask a local. Monaco Chicago helps you make the most of your Chicago stay by sharing our staff's insider tips and favorite things to do in Chicago.

We asked our intrepid staff: If you had only two days in Chicago, what would you do? Take a peek, have some fun and Live Like a Local.

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Nick Matthewson

Nick Matthewson

Assistant Front Office Manager

  • The Chicago Architecture Foundation is a great place to begin your visit to Chicago.

  • Check out Xoco for authentic Mexican Hot Cocoa.  The small café created by Rick Bayless is a great spot to pick up some of his amazing cuisine without the long wait.

Drink
Sarah McComber

Sarah McComber

Mixologist

  • One of my favorite recommendations for a fantastic local libation is the North Shore Sazerac.

  • Check out Binny's Beverage Depot, a Chicagoland staple with a location within walking distance.

Wellness
Amy Jackson

Amy Jackson

Front Office Manager

  • If you are looking for a full-service salon, visit Anna George, located just one block from Michigan Ave.

  • A great place for yoga and other core fusion classes, be sure to visit Exhale MindBodySpa on State St.  

Eat
Chef Roger Waysok

Chef Roger Waysok

Executive Chef

  • Green City Market is your best spot for local ingredients and produce.

  • Want a real treat? Try South Water Kitchen's German Chocolate Cake

Play
Ryan Parker

Ryan Parker

Assistant General Manager

  • Visit the McCormick Tribune ice skating rink located at Millennium Park - a Chicago favorite!

  • For same day tickets to shows and theater at a steep discount, visit Hot Tix, located just two blocks away on Randolph st.

For more information about any of these suggestions and additional favorites, contact Monaco Chicago's concierge at (312) 960-8500.

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