Welcome to Welge Travel Report's Chicago city guide. Here you'll find the best of Chicago. WTR's Chicago map shows you the location of our favorite things to do in Chicago - including The Smart Museum and The Shedd Aquarium. You'll also find the best dining in Chicago, guided by WTR's Carlota Cuisine.
Fine dining in Chicago includes Longman & Eagle and Lillie’s Q .
Welge Travel Report Notables in Chicago
Getting around in Chicago
Public Transportation in Chicago
WTR's Tony Transit says for the best transportation to get around Chicago check out (transitchicago.com) .
Taxis - Regular taxi service is available as is uber.
Amtrak (www.amtrak.com) - Your connection to more than 500 stations in 46 states. For online information and train schedules visit www.amtrak.com or call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245)
Beverages - Grape Experience in Chicago
Our Winnie Winesnob says The Illinois Winery site (illinoiswine.org/vineyard-winery.html) – includes more than 100 wineries and 450 vineyards plus where and when.
Shopping in Chicago
Our Shari Shopper says the best shopping is Chicago's Magnificent Mile - the 13-block stretch of North Michigan Avenue that runs from the banks of the Chicago River to the south, to Oak Street to the north.
People Watching Areas in Chicago
WTR's Francois Flaneur says the best "PW" is Mariano Park, Chicago Riverwalk, Grant Park, Daley Plaza, Cloud Gate and Crown Fountain.
Dining in Chicago
For our foodie driven travelers WTR's Carlota Cuisine says the best dinner is at Monteverde - D: Tu-Sa, 1020 W Madison St, 312-888-3041
Start with the wok fried chicken livers or the stuffed cabbage with porcini bolognese. Your main is the cannelloni with merguez lamb sausage or the skate wing schnitzel with caper salsa verde.
Dessert is the salted butterscotch budino and your wine is the '14 Broc Cellars Nero d'Avola.
Nightlife/Entertainment areas in Chicago
WTR's Shauna Showtime says the best nightlife is at Wicker Park/Bucktown, Lincoln Park/Lakeview, River North/Gold Coast and the West Loop/Fulton Market area.
Recognition for Chicago
We extend special thanks to the people who manage and/or own the institutions, museums and restaurants featured in our guides. In some instances we have relied on their descriptions and photos.
As the Midwest's melting pot, Chicago has become an urban setting for cultural attractions, shopping and a huge variety of excellent restaurants. Chicago’s Loop area is very walkable and a good option for getting around.
As the birthplace of the skyscraper Chicago has something new to be proud of: the “Green Roof”. Chicago is home to over 200 “Green Roofs”, more than any other U.S. city.
WTR's Ernie Exhibit provides information on special current exhibitions for our featured museums such as the Art Institute
Now to September 3 see Charles White: A Retrospective
The exhibition examines how White explored social and political themes ranging from the ongoing fight for freedom and equality to the dignity and struggles of labor.Throughout his career, he pushed against the boundaries of his media and the figurative tradition in American art.