My sister and I have been talking about going away for a few days together for a sibling-bonding experience. Since neither of us has been to Chicago, it's on our list of possible destinations within the US.
So I'm asking those of you who live in or near Chicago a few questions. Nothing is decided, we're not making any specific plans right now, but I wanted to get the research going so I can have something to take back to my sister.
When to go: Weather-wise, when is the best time of year to visit? If we go in the summer (most likely), which part of the summer is best?
Where to stay: Do you know of any hotels right in the center of the action, not too far from anything, that have a good reputation and aren't ridiculously expensive?
Transportation: Probably the El. I've never been on an elevated train, so that's definitely something I'll want to do.
The Tourist Thing: I'm interested in visiting the Art Institute, but beyond that, I'm not sure what goes on the list of must-sees and must-dos while in Chicago, as well as all those interesting places that tourists don't often get to and events that we shouldn't miss. I would not be disappointed if we skipped the Field Museum, since we have a natural history museum here in Los Angeles.
What to listen to and where: I know Chi-town is one of THE places in the US to hear the blues, but can anyone clue me in as to where to go and who to listen to?
What to eat and where: I'm l/o vegetarian, and my sister is pescatarian, but like any big city, I'm sure Chicago has some terrific vegan restaurants. If we are directed to a great place that's veg-friendly, that's fine, but if there's a great vegan place down the street that's open, I'd like to know about that, too.
Thank you ever so much!