VIDEO: Something for Everyone in Chicago

by Lithium Technologies ‎04-06-2015 11:33 AM - edited ‎04-30-2015 11:21 AM (1,351 Views)

Looking for family vacation ideas that go beyond the beach? Explore history, culture and cuisine with a big-city getaway to Chicago.

 

Big-city chic meets Midwestern friendly in the nation’s third-largest city. In nice weather, Chicago’s 500-plus parks and 26 miles of lakefront are alluring destinations. Downtown, delights abound, from Broadway-caliber theater and unparalleled museums to the carnival atmosphere of Navy Pier. And Chicago’s more than 100 vibrant neighborhoods beckon with their own histories and personalities.

 

Culture
Gaze at iconic works such as Grant Wood’s American Gothic at the Art Institute of Chicago. Then stroll to nearby Millennium Park to see the much beloved “Bean,” aka Cloud Gate, and make faces into its shiny, curved surface.

Kid tip: While in Millennium Park, kids love to cool off in the Crown Fountain, an interactive video sculpture and reflecting pool that features giant digital faces spitting streams of real water.

 

History

Crane your neck for a look at Sue, the biggest, most complete and best-preserved Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton in the world. The 42-foot-long behemoth welcomes guests as they enter The Field Museum (where AAA Members save $1 off adult admission). Climb aboard an original ‘L’ car from 1892 at the Chicago History Museum, and even sneak in a little history during afternoon tea at American Girl Place. The iconic brand just relaunched its line of historical dolls, including Civil War-era Addy and turn-of-the-century Samantha.

Kid tip: If your girl’s American Girl doll has seen better days, the store’s Doll Hair Salon can wash away dirt and smudges, give her a new hairstyle, and even pierce her ears.

 

Cuisine

Dig into a slice of Chicago-style pizza at one of the city’s oldest pizzerias, AAA Two Diamond-rated Lou Malnati’s. Expect no hand-held slices here; it takes a knife, a fork and a lot of napkins to get through a piece of this buttery-crusted pie. Satisfy a sweet tooth with “Garrett Mix,” a cheesy, caramel-y, sweet-and-salty popcorn blend from Garrett Popcorn Shops. 

Kid tip: Outside The Field Museum, refuel at Kim and Carlo’s hot dog stand. Teach the kids how to deck out a real Chicago dog: with mustard, onions, relish, pickle spear, tomato slices, sport peppers, and celery salt (but no ketchup!).

 

To plan your next trip to Chicago, visit AAA.com/TravelAgent or go to AAA.com/iTravel.

 

A version of this story appears in the May/June 2015 issue of AAA Living magazine.

 

Image credit/source: SuperStock

 

Video credit: Choose Chicago

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