The Windy City has plenty of incredible attractions that folks from all over the world come to see — however, it’s a whole different story if you’re a food-lover.

If you’ve never been to Chicago, you’re going to want to make some room in your calendar, since the Windy City is one of the coolest places in the country. The first thing you’ll notice as you head into town is the imposing skyline of Chicago architecture — one of the most striking in the country — and the longer you stay in the city, the more you’ll come to love it. With friendly people, Midwestern charm, a buzzing nightlife scene, and one of the richest histories of any city around, it’s a tough place to beat. Plus, from the Bean, and Wrigley Field to the beaches of Lake Michigan, the Willis Tower, and much more, there are plenty of incredible attractions that folks from all over the world come to see. (And I’m not kidding about the “nice people” bit, either: I once lost my wallet on a public train, and the Chicago metro service had it waiting for me in the lost and found the next morning without a dollar missing. True story!)

Chicago Restaurants for Every Foodie

cheese pull on a chicago deep dish pizzaHowever, it’s a whole ‘nother story if you’re a food-lover, since Chicago is one of the best spots for foodies and gastro-travelers in the world, thanks to its excellent restaurants and bars, and the diverse melding of cultures over the years. A few exciting new Chicago spots include Fonda, a culinary memoir of Mexico influenced by the chef’s grandmother; Khmai Fine Dining, a Cambodian restaurant that serves traditional Khmer food; and Umanicue, a pop-up that combines the chef’s love of classic BBQ with the exciting flavors of Vietnamese cooking. And, naturally, if you’ve never had them before, you need to try out a few of the city’s famous deep-dish pizza places, as well as the classic Portillo’s hot dogs. (Fair warning: These are Midwestern portions, people, so bring your appetite!) Then, you need to finish the Chicagoan trifecta of local must-have foods with a tried-and-true Italian beef sandwich, complete with giardiniera, top sirloin, garlic, and toppings of your choice on a delicious roll. (You might have seen it featured on the uber-popular Hulu show, The Bear.) But, if you’re hoping to get a feel of both the exciting new spots in town and the local favorites, your best bet is to embark on a food tour led by an expert — and we have just the one.


Food-lovers Will Love a Chicago Brunch Cruise

Or, if you’re looking for a more mellow time with some killer views and even better food, you can’t go wrong with the Signature Brunch Cruise on Lake Michigan. This unforgettable way to experience the city from the water is a great way to spend an afternoon: You’ll enjoy dining, picturesque views, DJ entertainment, plus an assortment of games. Don’t be surprised if it’s tough to focus on the delicious, chef-prepared brunch buffet and the fully stocked bar, since you’ll be inundated with incredible views of Chicago’s skyline and attractions from the climate-controlled interior and open-air rooftop decks. Whether for a celebratory brunch for two or for an unforgettable afternoon with friends and family, this brunch cruise is perfect for any occasion.

guests enjoying brunch on city cruises in chicago

Spend A Night Out Dining on the Water with a Premier Dinner Cruise

Savor an elegant evening on Lake Michigan with our Chicago Premier Dinner Cruise. We promise delicious cocktails, plated, chef-prepared menus, and top-notch service. In fact, get a cool behind-the-scenes look at City Cruises Chicago, as Chef Francesco Simone shows off how to make one of our newest and most popular dishes – Potato Gnocchi, on Cooking up a Storm with Tracy Butler on ABC 7 Chicago!

Our DJ sets the mood while you soak in the Chicago skyline from an intimate, climate-controlled interior and open-air rooftop decks. You’ll delight in awe-inspiring sights, like Willis Tower, Adler Planetarium, Navy Pier, and more. This is an experience that will be long treasured.

Original post date: May 9, 2023