Weighing in on the Lucas Museum and Obama Library

As one of the closest Bed and Breakfasts to both the Obama Library and the George Lucas Museum, Welcome Inn Manor wanted to take a moment to weigh in on the matter.

As of the past few months, this has been a hotly debated issue from residents pro and con on the matter.

Since Angie and I are lifelong Chicagoans, we also have our own views.

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Lucas Museum

First, let’s discuss the Lucas Museum now in the planning phases. The museum (pictured above) has one of the most unusual designs for a building in Chicago. The museum is a showcase of storytelling images that include everything from comics and children’s books to digital art and film. Additionally, Lucas is donating his personal art and Star Wars collection to the museum. The estimated worth of the collection is $600 million.

While the museum seems out of this galaxy amazing (pardon the pun), the challenge is that Mayor Rahm Emmanuel gifted 17 acres of lakefront property near McCormick Place for the future spot.

However, the non-profit group Friends of the Parks stated that this project is a violation of the Lakefront Protection Ordinance and the 1973 Lakefront Plan of Chicago prohibiting “further private development” east of Lake Shore Drive. Both sides are contesting whether the museum violates this, and its affects on the city of Chicago lake shore.

Lucas stated publicly a few months ago that if this deal does not go through, then he will consider the offer city of Los Angeles to move the museum there.

Obama Library

The Obama Library is another story. Barrack Obama has clear ties to the south side of Chicago. This is where he taught, began as an activist, and started his political career. Anywhere other than Chicago, and he will have problems with angry Chicago residents.

The city aldermen recently approved a transfer of 20 acres from either Jackson or Washington Park to be used for the library. This was after Mayor Emmanuel approved the potential transfer if the president decides to move the library to Chicago.

That being said, it is still not a done deal. The commission for the library is still taking bids from groups in Hawaii, where the president was born; as well as in New York.

Plus, recent opposition in the city about the specific location has arisen from a number of sources who do not want to use parkland to build the library.

ProsCons Weighing in on the Lucas Museum and Obama Library

Conversely, Illinois officials are dedicated to doing whatever is in their power to keep the library in-state. This will probably not go through in the State of Illinois, but Speaker Madigan proposed last year to even give $100 Million towards building the library.

While the spot of the future presidential library is still in the early phases, it should be interesting to see what happens. Personally, we would welcome having the Obama Library so close to Welcome Inn Manor. Another way, we can show off our great city.

Final Thoughts

We want to know your thoughts? Do you like having the Lucas museum here in Chicago? What about the Obama Library? Would it affect your decision to visit the city?

Difference between Hotels and Bed & Breakfasts

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We had several calls recently from guests asking us at Welcome Inn Manor what the difference is between a hotel and a bed & breakfast. To help review the differences, we thought it would be good if we went through the ways a bed and breakfast is unique.

This should help you see why Welcome Inn Manor and many other bed and breakfasts are so special for guests who visit.

Five reasons a bed and breakfast differ from a hotel

Intimate- Why stay in a large, impersonal hotel hundreds or thousands of miles from your home? Instead, stay with a warm group of people who can be your little slice of family away from home. At Welcome Inn Manor, you are literally staying at our home. This is where we live, and it has been a home for the past 119 years.

Better meals– When you stay at Welcome Inn Manor, you know that we pride ourselves on are our homemade meals. Specifically, we cook breakfast and dinner for residents. While hotels might have kitchens, we have homemade recipes passed on to us by our family.

This means our meals taste more like home cooking.

Personalized- A Chicago bed and breakfast like Welcome Inn Manor offers the personalized services for guests that a large, downtown hotel chain cannot do without residents incurring massive charges on their bill.

Everything from a luxurious living and dining room is at the disposal of guests to fireplaces in many of the rooms. Our three room University Quarters Family Suite even has three bedrooms, so a family of 6-9 people can stay in one room.

Insider Tips on Chicago- Angie and I are lifelong Chicago residents. We know Chicago like the back of our hand. We did not just arrive in Chicago three months ago to experience a new city, like most hotel workers.

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While there are advantages to staying at both a hotel and a bed and breakfast, we know that most people prefer the warmth and comforts of a

B&B. We have all the home comforts that people are used to having at their own home.

Do you agree or disagree with us? Let us know in the comments if you think Bed and breakfasts are better places to stay than hotels.

We know the best restaurants, museums, and deals around the city.

Wi-Fi- were you aware that some hotels charge $13.95 per day for Wi-Fi? That is not acceptable, and part of the reason that Welcome Inn Manor includes this service for free with your stay.

 

Difference between Hotels and Bed & Breakfasts

We had several calls recently from guests asking us at Welcome Inn Manor what the difference is between a hotel and a bed & breakfast. To help review the differences, we thought it would be good if we went through the ways a bed and breakfast is unique.

This should help you see why Welcome Inn Manor and many other bed and breakfasts are so special for guests who visit.

Five reasons a bed and breakfast differ from a hotel

Intimate- Why stay in a large, impersonal hotel hundreds or thousands of miles from your home? Instead, stay with a warm group of people who can be your little slice of family away from home. At Welcome Inn Manor, you are literally staying at our home. This is where we live, and it has been a home for the past 119 years.

Better meals– When you stay at Welcome Inn Manor, you know that we pride ourselves on are our homemade meals. Specifically, we cook breakfast and dinner for residents. While hotels might have kitchens, we have homemade recipes passed on to us by our family.

This means our meals taste more like home cooking.

Breakfast Dining Room Difference between Hotels and Bed & Breakfasts

Personalized- A Chicago bed and breakfast like Welcome Inn Manor offers the personalized services for guests that a large, downtown hotel chain cannot do without residents incurring massive charges on their bill.

Everything from a luxurious living and dining room is at the disposal of guests to fireplaces in many of the rooms. Our three room University Quarters Family Suite even has three bedrooms, so a family of 6-9 people can stay in one room.

Insider Tips on Chicago- Angie and I are lifelong Chicago residents. We know Chicago like the back of our hand. We did not just arrive in Chicago three months ago to experience a new city, like most hotel workers.

We know the best restaurants, museums, and deals around the city.

Wi-Fi- were you aware that some hotels charge $13.95 per day for Wi-Fi? That is not acceptable, and part of the reason that Welcome Inn Manor includes this service for free with your stay.

Staying at hotel or bed and breakfast

While there are advantages to staying at both a hotel and a bed and breakfast, we know that most people prefer the warmth and comforts of a B&B. We have all the home comforts that people are used to having at their own home.

Do you agree or disagree with us? Let us know in the comments if you think Bed and breakfasts are better places to stay than hotels.

Start the New Years’ Right

Welcome to 2015! As we always like to start the every New Year on the right footing, Welcome Inn Manor has a few ideas to help you do this right.

Before that, we have a quick question for you. What is your 2015 New Year’s Resolution? Is it to travel more? The always popular ‘lose weight.’ Do you want to spend more quality time with your family?

Whatever your resolution is, we want to know. After all, how can we be welcoming to you, if we do not get to know you better? Leave us a message in the comment area below, or feel free to drop us a line to let us know.

Getting back to helping you start the New Years’ right. Here are a few of our favorite things happening in January in Chicago. Bundle up, because it’s cold. Fortunately, we have a lot of indoor activities you can do if you are not interested in doing the Polar Bear swim later this month.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra                                 January 2015

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is in full swing right now with a full session of performances every night until Spring. The CSO is located in the heart of the loop, and is a great refuge for those looking for a warm, culture experience during the cold winter months.

Brain-Art Initiative                                                   January 2015

This exhibit focuses on the power of the brain. Specifically, it looks at the advances being made from the funding of the BRAIN Initiative by President Obama for $100 million to answer the question, how do our minds work? Specifically the initiative looks into how they create consciousness, thought, and awareness. Finally, how do our brains help create society?

Chicago Boat, RV, and Sail Show                           January 14-18th

This is a merger of the two biggest Chicago winter water shows. The Chicago Boat, Sports, and RV Show merged with Strictly Sailing Chicago to show all of the best outdoor fun for those interested…Okay! Maybe the RV part is not water related, but everything else at the show is all water and outdoor fun.

Top mariners are on hand to help boaters enhance their knowledge of boating along with a sailing simulator and countless sailing seminars for new and experienced captains. They also have activities for the kids.

Adler after Dark                                                       January 15th

Conversely, if you want to leave the kiddies at home, the Adler after Dark event is for adults over the age of 21.This is a great way to experience the different parts of the Adler museum at night. This month the event will focus in on all things apocalypse. Before the world ends you might want to learn more.

The Adventures of Tapman                                     January 29-February 8th

Enjoy this interesting new production from new Chicago tap company Tapman Productions. This tapping superhero fights off his evil nemesis the MADD Tapper with the assistance of Hourglass and Modern Marvel. What an interesting combination of tapping, comedy, and comics.

Chicago Restaurant Week                                       January 30-February 12th

For 14 days, you get to taste a little piece of some of the best and most exotic dishes in Chicago for a discount. That is because the Chicago Restaurant Week provides food at a reasonable part for the 250 participating restaurants around the city. You do need to make a reservation in advance.

Get Your New Years Started

 

So much in life is not about what we buy, but about what we do and experience. Start creating your experiences early this year, so you can have a much life in 2015. Then let us know what your favorite event was, so we can pass it along to our readers. Put comments in the section below, to discuss your favorite way to start the New Year!

Chicago Holiday Schedule

Tis the season for a whole lot of great parties, caroling, and other events. That is why Welcome Inn Manor chose a few of our favorites to make your Chicago holiday going smashingly. Choose a few of your favorites, and have a great holiday.

Chicago Holiday Events

Holiday Tea At Russian Tea Room              Every Afternoon

A staple in Chicago, holiday teatime at the Russian Room is a great thing to do after spending an afternoon at the Art Institute across the street. What a great way to experience Chicago culture. It is $30 for full tea service.

 

Caroling at CloudGate                                      December 19th           

Every Friday up to Christmas, carolers sing at CloudGate in Millennium Park. This is a free, one-hour event. Check for cancellations in extreme weather. The Bella Voice Choir will be singing the final carols of the season this Friday.

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Christkindlmarket Chicago                         until December 24th

The annual Christkindlmarket must be on your list if you are going to visit Chicago during the holidays. Every year, the Daley Plaza turns into a traditional European village complete with candy cane stripped wooden huts and twinkling lights. The tradition comes from Nuremburg, Germany, and 65% of the vendors are from Germany.

The free event attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors. The highlight is the Glühwein (hot spiced wine). It comes in a unique souvenir collectable mug, and warms you up in the cold Chicago winter.

 

CTA Holiday Train

The CTA holiday train makes traveling the CTA a fun and festive event. Now we know how Santa Claus can get to all the homes in Chicago every year. He hitches a ride on a CTA train. There are multiple holiday trains on multiple routes. Check out the CTA for more information.

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Holidazed and Confused                              December 17-28

Another Second City smash comedy about the holidays. Holidazed and Confused breaks up what they call the “holiday monotony” for some side aching laughs.  Ticket prices range from $32 to $55 per person.              

         

A Christmas Carol                                           until December 28th

The beloved Christmas play is back at the Goodman Theater. Scrooge will grace the stage as he evaluates the past, present, and future of his life decisions. The tickets for the play range between $25-96.

 

Zoolights                                                               until January 4th

Lincoln Park Zoo is hosting their annual Zoolights. Come at night until January 4th to see the zoo lit up at night. The event is a beautiful combination between lights and animals. Moreover, this is free and open to the public.

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“Christmas Around the World”              until January 4th

The Museum of Science and Industry is hosting the annual Christmas trees exhibit. The display has over 50 different trees from around the world, including the Grand tree with 30,000 lights.           

 

Winter WonderFest                                      until January 11th

The annual winter carnival held at Navy Pier. They have a toboggan tunnel, a winter mini-golf course, Blackhawks ice skating rink, and a 15-foot “snow tubing” hill. And of course, they have a Santa that your kids can ask for their gift. Finally, there is also cookie decorating.

Tickets are $5 at the $3.75 when purchased in advance. An extra activity tick is $25 at the door, and $22.50 when purchased ahead of time.

 

Millenium Park-McCormick Tribune Ice Rink     Until March 8th

After you listening to the carolers at CloudGate, you might want to don your ice skates. This is a free skating rink, but skate rentals are $12 per person. So, get your skating on, and enjoy the winter weather.

If you have never been ice-skating before, then you might want to consider the free lessons on Friday, Saturday, and Sundays before the rink opens. Also, during the Chicago Public School holiday break from December 22-January 4th, lessons are every day 1 hour before the rink opens.


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Enjoy the holidays

Whatever you decide to do for the holidays, make sure you have a happy holidays, and a better New Year. From all of us at Welcome Inn Manor, we hope 2015 brings you much health, wealth, and wisdom.

Top 8 Chicago Breakfast Spots

A proper Chicago breakfast is all about getting a great start to your morning. To help you with that, we reviewed the top 10 Chicago breakfast spots in the city.

Ann SatherYou have not had a cinnamon bun, until you had Ann Sathers’ infamous cinnamon bun. They come in pairs and make breakfast one of your favorite meals of the day. If that is not enough to sate your appetite, then check out all of the different egg combos that they have on the menu. Ann Sather is in the heart of Lakeview and closes at 2 PM every day. This is because this restaurant is all about the breakfast and lunch crowd.

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Manny’sWhile famous for their lunch fare, Manny’s deli also has an amazing assortment of breakfast options. This is classic cafeteria-style food from one of Chicago’s iconic blue-collar eateries.

Interurban CafeWhile this is more of a bakery than a break spot, we needed to discuss something very important to your diet – the Interurban Pop Tarts. They put Kellogg’s to shame. No chemicals here, just freshly baked pastries that will put a smile on your face.

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Nueva Leon – Maybe you fancy a traditional Mexican breakfast. Then this Pilsen restaurant is the place to go. Perhaps you would like some Chilaquiles (Scrambled Eggs with Fried Tortillas Bits, tomato, onion, and jalapeno pepper)? On the other hand, maybe you crave Machacado Con Huevo (Shredded steak scrambled with eggs and refried beans).

Either way, you cannot go wrong at Nueva Leon. They have been serving traditional Mexican breakfasts for the past 40 years and have it down to a science.

The Bongo RoomSimilar to Ann Sather. You have to appreciate the restaurants that are only open for breakfast and lunch. These places specialize in making your day start off just right. With some of the amazing combinations available at the Bongo Room, they truly deserve their outstanding reputation. From savory Tomatillo Salsa Scramble to the Sweet Meyer Lemon & Blackberry Hotcakes, The Bongo Room has your breakfast covered.

Lula CafeCelebrating their 15th anniversary, the owners of Lula Café still have all the right ingredients needed for a perfect breakfast. That is because Lula is a strong leader in the farm to table movement in Chicago. This Logan Square icon serve brunch with fresh farm eggs and porridge made from cornmeal ground at local mills.

Eleventh City DinerWhen a place serves breakfast all day long, then you know that the breakfasts must be yummy.Eleventh City Diner is an old-fashioned diner on the near south side that serves Name Your Omelet meals along with a litany of traditional Jewish delicacies. If you really want to kick it old school, check out the Lox Box.

YolkOne of the new “it” locations in Chicago. Sunday brunches at Yolk have lines that can last as long as an hour or two. As they say on the site, the restaurant is not just about the amazing foods, but the experience of eating at a Yolk restaurant. This award-winning venue started in 2006 and now has 5 locations all around Chicago, with a new location in Indianapolis.

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Chicago October Event Calendar

As the leaves turn from green to orange, yellow, and red, a new season of activities is upon us. October has a lot in store for the windy city. Do not miss all these great events – keep up to date with them with our monthly Chicago event calendar for October.

What’s Happening In Chicago

Chicago Artists Month         October

Throughout the month of October, the city of Chicago celebrates artists and their work. Performances, exhibitions, open studio tours, and neighborhood art walks are planned throughout the city.

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Ghost Tours                           October 2-30

You can now celebrate fall with a ghost tour starting at Lincoln Park Zoo. The tour takes you through various famous haunts, and shows you some of the eerie sights and sounds of the zoo in the dark.

Mac & Cheese Fest                           October 4

The Mac & Cheese fest celebrates one of the greatest foods for children. The tradition apparently goes back to the 14th century, and this year’s competition has over 60 Chicago chefs showing off their best to take home “The Golden Noodle.”

2014 Chicago Marathon                   October 10-11

The Chicago marathon is second perhaps only to the Boston marathon in size in the United States. It’s a huge event with over 135,000 participants from around the world. The city closes most of Lakeshore Drive for the majority of the day during the daylong race.

Chicago Fashion Week                     October 14-18

Strut your fashion out for the weekly homage to the Chicago fashion industry. This annual show features the latest and greatest fashion trends from designers around the city. Watch the models walk the runway, and see the newest fashions before they are out in stores.

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American Academy of Ophthalmology       October 18-21

The annual American Academy of Ophthalmology conference held downtown at the McCormick Center. 24,000 doctors across the country will be discussing the latest trends and procedures in eye care. If you want to stay at the closest Bed and Breakfast to the McCormick center, give us a call on 312-493-2953. We have free shuttle service in the morning to the McCormick center.

Boo! At The Zoo                                            October 18-26

The Brookfield Zoo is holding their annual Halloween bash for kids throughout the entire week. From costume parades to pumpkin smashing and a 7,000 square foot Crazy Maize corn maze, this event has it all for kids.

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American College of Emergency Physicians                      October 27-30

This event at the McCormick center will have 10,000 doctors, surgeons, and other medical professionals meeting to learn hands-on training for emergency physicians.

12th Annual Halloweve Bash                                                      October 31

John Barleycorns is having their annual bash. Buy the 3-hour party package for basic cocktails and drinks, along with an entry into the costume contest. The costume contest has cash prizes for the winners.

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What are your plans for October?

You have heard some of our favorite plans for October in Chicago. Now, what are yours? Let us know what you plan on doing in Chicago in October in the comment section below.

 

 

Hot Chocolate Chicago

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It’s that time of the year again.  The Hot Chocolate 15/5k returns to Chicago’s Grant Park for its 7th year on November 9th, 2014.  This is the largest running event in the Midwest and is always sure to draw quite a crowd.

Registration for the 5k is $45 before October 26th and then $49 afterwards.  The 15k is $69 before October 26th and then $74 afterwards.  Not a runner?  Not a problem.  There are also two categories available for those who prefer to walk.  The adult walker is $45 and the youth walker is $35 and those prices do not go up.

$35 and those prices do not go up.

The Hot Chocolate 15/5k weekend starts out with the Expo at McCormick Place.  Participants can pick up their race day packets and goodie bags.  You can find out more information at http://www.mccormickplace.com/events.php .

As in years gone by, the numbers will be out in full force.  This year 45,000 people are expected, bringing their spirit and charity to make this event another success.  It has been said by many participants in years gone by that the Hot Chocolate 15/5k is the best marathon that they have ever participated in.  Proceeds from the event will benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities which assists multiple families throughout the year.

Runners will enjoy running a course that showcases the biggest attractions Chicago has to offer.  Known for their attention to quality and safety, organizers have made sure that the course has been tested for accuracy and design and medical plans are in place if needed.

Who doesn’t love a goodie bag? The Hot Chocolate 15/5k knows how to take care of its participants and they prove it again this year. Recipients of this year’s award winning 2014-2015 goodie bag will find included a luxurious, fleece lined hoodie. Great to keep warm in on those chilly Chicago days when you are out and about.

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New for 2014, all runners who finish the 15k run will be receiving a commemorative Hot Chocolate Chicago medal on a shimmering finisher ribbon.  This is sure to be a keepsake and it comes in the form of a metal chocolate bar wrapped in gold (not for eating purposes!) with an engraving of the beautiful Chicago skyline.

Runners and walkers, please make a note that Wave 1 of the race starts at 7 AM and Wave 2 at 7:45 AM.  We recommend using public transportation if possible due to the heavy volume of traffic.  If you do choose to drive there are plenty of parking options at Millennium Garages and Soldier Field.  Surface lots can also be found throughout the area.The fun does not stop once the race is over.  Participants and guests will be treated to a fabulous after race party in Grant Park.  Chocolate delights will be on hand for your enjoyment along with a live DJ, activities for the kids, picture taking opportunities with the Hot Chocolate inflatables and a great celebration
to be enjoyed by everyone.

 

 

28th Annual Entrepreneurial Women’s Conference

ewc 28th Annual Entrepreneurial Women’s ConferenceThe 28th annual Chicago Entrepreneurial Women’s Conference is coming to the McCormick center Wednesday, September 17th. The Women’s Business Development Center hosts the event every year to help women learn and network together

The Entrepreneurial Women’s Conference (EWC) is a one-day conference designed to help build their business with a dynamic group of powerful information and connections.

Entrepreneurial Women’s Conference Event Calendar Highlights

The event has a full day of action packed events that cover everything from four business breakout sessions to an afterhour’s reception to the Woman’s Business Fair Midwest. Here are a few of our favorite events at the EWC.

Opening Night Reception– Highlights the annual awards winners at a banquet in their honor. This is held the night before at the Hyatt in the McCormick Center.

Women’s Business Fair Midwest– This is a great chance to learn what services are available for female business owners. With over 2,000 attendees and around 100 sponsor tables, this is a great way to connect with large and small businesses throughout Chicago.

Women’s Empowerment Lunch Features Keynote Speaker Judy Smith-Judy is a top crisis management expert who has worked with some of the top politicians and corporations of the modern era, including General Petraeus, President Clinton, Enron, Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr, NFL Quarterback Michael Vick, and numerous Fortune 500 companies. She also served as the senior vice president of corporate communications for NBC and Deputy Press Secretary to President George H.W. Bush. She is the inspiration for the hit show Scandal.

4 Breakout Sessions- The four breakout sessions cover The Insider’s Guide to Securing Contracts with Corporations and Government Agencies, Tips on Fueling Your Business Finances, Profiting and Protecting Your Business Online, and Getting and out of Business Right.

Ready Set, Grow! Pitch Contest- This event will host the winners of the contest for the best pitch, along with prizes for first and second place winner.

How to get Tickets for Entrepreneurs Women Busines Conference

Whether you want tickets for the full conference ($300) or tickets to the opening night reception ($75) go to this link to get your tickets in advance of the conference starting on September 17th. Most of the sponsor spots are sold out, but attendees’ tickets are still available.

If you are attending the EWC event on the September 17th, feel free to contact Welcome Inn Manor. We are the closest bed and breakfast to the McCormick Center, and our daily shuttles are perfect for getting you to and from the conference.

 

Chicago Bus Tours

Like most modern metropolises, Chicago has a wide array of mass travel options to take you virtually anywhere you want to go in the city. Few of these options compare to the Chicago Bus tours that you can take to enjoy the grandeur of Chicago’s architectural wonders.

Over the years, we have taken a number of these tours ourselves, and want to share with you a few of our favorite Chicago bus tours that you can enjoy next time you visit Chicago.

5 Favorite Chicago Bus Tours

Hop On-Hop Off Bus Tours – The first tour that we want to discuss is the best choice for those looking to explore Chicago’s downtown and lakefront. The hop on and hop tour is exactly what it sounds like. You can hop on at various sites around the downtown area, and then hop off to get a closer look at specific Chicago landmarks like the Hancock Building, Sears Tower, Navy Pier, Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium, and other famous Chicago spots. The great thing about the tour is that you can get either a single day, or a two day pass, so you can visit the various locations at your own pace.

CTA Bus – OK! I know this is not a tour company, but the Chicago CTA travels through most major streets in the city. If you really want to get a taste of the real Chicago, try out the CTA. It is not a guided tour, but you still get to see some of the best sites. Bus Routes 134, 135, and 136 go through Lake Shore Drive, while routes 151 or 143 are best for going down to Lake Michigan.

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Chicago Grand Tour – This option is part walking and part bus tour. A half day trip that takes you from the south side of the city (Check out President Obama’s former neighborhood and residence), through the iconic downtown, to the North side of the city (Wrigley Field and Water Tower Place.) Additionally, the tour includes a ticket to the 94th floor of the Hancock Building’s 360 Chicago. On a clear day you can see Wisconsin, Indiana, and even Michigan.

Excursions Into the Unknown – Perhaps you want to tour the supernatural side of Chicago? If so, then you will want an expert ghost hunter to lead the tour. Dale Kaczmarek is a leading ghost research expert, who tours the haunted Churches, Gangster hideouts, and more. Note: This tour starts in Chicago Ridge. If you are coming from the city, take the CTA Red line to 95th Street (last stop). Then take the 381 Bus west to the mall.

Chicago Architecture Foundation Bus Tour – No list of Chicago tours would be complete without an architecture tour. The Chicago Architecture Foundation bus drives through Frank Lloyd Wright neighborhoods and lets you explores the city skyscrapers from comfortable trolleys. Chicago has been defined by its world class architecture since the end of the 19th century. See for yourself what makes this city a wonder of steel and stone.

Which Chicago Bus Tour Should You Take?

With so many different options for bus tours, think about the best options for your needs? Do you need something simple to get you from point A to B, or do you want a full tour with all the bells and whistles. When you know what you want, it will help you choose the right tour for you. In the meantime, let us know in the comment area below which Chicago bus tour you took, so we get your thoughts on the quality of the tour.