The (Nearly) No-Fail Guide to Being a Chicago Tour Guide

You may have witnessed my first crack at dragging an out-of-towner around my home city last winter break. That went ok, yeah? I’ve gotten two more chances since then (first, entertaining my roommate, Erin, for New Year’s Eve and then taking my boyfriend, Dave, around this week during our spring break), and I think I’ve established a pretty decent combo of activities that lets the Chicago foreigners see and experience the staples and endearing oddities that the city offers. It goes something like this…

First, if you live in the boonies like me, jump on the double-decker Metra train into the city.

Some passengers will be alert and anxious to see the big fancy buildings.

Some passengers will be alert and anxious to see the big fancy buildings.

Others may choose to take advantage of the long ride for a power nap.

Others may choose to take advantage of the long ride for a power nap.

Head to the nearest Chicago landmark you can find.
In my case, it’s the Sears Tower! Not a bad start… depending on the day.

Sometimes you can run straight up to the Sky Deck.

Sometimes you can run straight up to the Sky Deck.

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Other times you're left on the ground in huge lines that seem to have no end in sight.

Other times you’re left on the ground in huge lines that seem to have no end in sight.

If one landmark fails, try, try again!

There are tons of bridges over the pretty little Chicago River!

There are tons of bridges over the pretty little Chicago River!

Get snap happy with all the fun buildings and parks around by the lake.

Get snap happy with all the fun buildings and parks around by the lake.

The Bean is required.

The Bean is required.

Got a sports fan on your hands? Wrigley Field, Soldier Field, and U.S. Cellular Field got you covered.

Got a sports fan on your hands? Wrigley Field, Soldier Field, and U.S. Cellular Field got you covered.

Take some adventures on Chicago transit while you’re at it.
Just avoid getting lost, like I tend to do. MAPS ARE YOUR FRIENDS.

Again, some will be amazed at the marvel that is the "L".

Again, some will be amazed at the marvel that is the “L”.

Others will nap some more.

Others will nap some more.

You sure as hell better get some Giordano’s deep-dish pizza in their mouths.

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The reactions I’ve witnessed are never anything but positive.

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If all else fails, you can always count on there being a cool bar nearby.

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For low-key get togethers...

For low-key get togethers…

... rowdy gatherings of die-hard Manchester United fans...

… rowdy gatherings of die-hard Manchester United fans…

... or a New Year's Eve rager.

… or a New Year’s Eve rager.

I’d say both visits went swimmingly, so feel free to use this Chicago tourism formula that I clumsily stumbled upon. It’s a pretty nifty place, so you can’t really go wrong! (Unless you stumble into a shady neighborhood. Don’t do that.)

The next challenge will be switching over to Pittsburgh Tour Guide Mode for when my best friends from high school come back to the ‘burgh with me tomorrow! Prepare for tales of adventure and utter silliness.

Until then,
Alexa

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