Gangsters & Bears

Welcome to the vibrant city of Chicago, where history, culture, and excitement await at every turn. Embark on a thrilling four-day itinerary filled with iconic landmarks, delicious dining experiences, and unforgettable adventures. From exploring the city’s architectural wonders to delving into its storied past, this itinerary, aptly named “Gangsters and Bears,” promises an action-packed journey through the Windy City’s most beloved attractions.

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Day 1: Exploring the Windy City

Chicago Bean

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Your adventure in Chicago kicks off with a visit to the iconic Cloud Gate, affectionately known as the Chicago Bean, located in Millennium Park. Snap some memorable photos and marvel at this stunning piece of art.

Next, head to the thrilling Skydeck at Willis Tower and step out onto the glass ledge for a heart-pounding experience. Take in breathtaking views of the city from 1,353 feet above ground.

Ledge chicago skydeck

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Continue the excitement with a visit to 360 Chicago, where you can enjoy panoramic views of the city and Lake Michigan from the 94th floor observation deck. Don’t miss the exhilarating TILT attraction, which tilts you outward over the city streets.

As evening approaches, make your way to Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park to witness the mesmerizing light and music show.

For dinner, indulge in a high-end tasting menu experience at Next, where innovative dishes will tantalize your taste buds.

After dinner, head to The Hideout, a legendary live music venue known for its eclectic performances. Dance the night away to live music and soak in the vibrant atmosphere.

Wrap up your first day in Chicago at Headquarters Beercade, a vintage game bar where you can enjoy craft brews and classic arcade games.

Day 2: Comedy and Culture

Cruise Chicago

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Start your day with breakfast at the whimsical Malibu Barbie Cafe, where you can enjoy themed dishes and colorful decor.

Next, delve into the darker side of Chicago’s history with a visit to the Medieval Torture Museum. Explore exhibits showcasing gruesome torture devices and learn about the city’s past.

Embark on a Wendella cruise along the Chicago River and Lake Michigan to discover the city’s architectural gems and iconic landmarks.

For a dose of fun, head to Snakes & Lattes, a games cafe where you can enjoy board games while sipping on your favorite latte.

In the evening, catch a comedy show at The Second City, where many famous comedians got their start. Prepare for laughter-filled performances and improv sketches.

Cap off your night with a visit to The Violet Hour, a speakeasy-style bar known for its inventive cocktails and sophisticated ambiance.

Day 3: Gangsters and Good Times


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Embark on an Untouchable Tour, Chicago’s original gangster tour, to uncover the city’s notorious past. Explore famous gangster sites and hear fascinating stories about Chicago’s underworld.

Savor a bowl of the famous French onion soup at Bistro Monadnock for lunch, a hearty and comforting dish that’s perfect for a day of exploration.

Spend the afternoon at Navy Pier, where you can enjoy attractions, shops, and stunning views of Lake Michigan.

For dinner and entertainment, head to the House of Blues Chicago for delicious Southern-inspired cuisine and live music performances.

After dinner, transport yourself to the wizarding world at The Cauldron, a Harry Potter-themed cocktail bar where magical concoctions await.

End your night on a high note at Kingston Mines, a legendary blues club where you can groove to live blues music until the early hours.

Day 4: Records, Games, and Sports

Solider Field

Photo by Ken Lund on Flickr

Start your day with a visit to Bric-a-Brac Records and Collectibles, a quirky store where you can browse vintage vinyl records and unique collectibles.

Experience the thrill of WhirlyBall, a game that combines elements of basketball, hockey, and bumper cars for an unforgettable time with friends.

Indulge in a Chicago classic for lunch at Giordano’s, where you can enjoy deep-dish pizza loaded with cheese and toppings.

Catch a Bears game at Soldier Field, the iconic football stadium located on the lakefront. Cheer on the home team and immerse yourself in the excitement of NFL action.

After the game, unwind at Three Dots and a Dash, a tiki bar serving creative cocktails in a tropical setting.

End your epic trip to Chicago with a visit to Brando’s Speakeasy, where you can toast to unforgettable memories and a fantastic adventure in the Windy City.

4 Day itinerary for Chicago

As your four-day adventure in Chicago comes to a close, take a moment to reflect on the unforgettable experiences and cherished memories you’ve made along the way. From soaring to new heights atop the city’s skyscrapers to delving into its fascinating history and culture, “Gangsters and Bears” has offered a glimpse into the heart and soul of this dynamic metropolis. Whether you’re bidding farewell to the iconic skyline or planning your next visit, Chicago will always hold a special place in your heart as a city of endless possibilities and endless adventures.

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-Gemma Winchester, Tripio Guru

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