Visit Chicago Like a Local: Download This Interactive Guide

A popular destination for many Iowan families is the Windy City: Chicago. Many Iowans find themselves spending a few days in this popular destination, one of the biggest major cities in the Midwest, especially during the summer months.

Being a former resident of Chicago, I am often asked what to see and where to eat. I like to venture off the beaten path wherever I go so I oftentimes give suggestions that aren’t your “typical” popular destinations. Of course there are SEVERAL options and popular activities that are a lot of fun. Don’t get me wrong–I love going to all of the top museums: the Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum, and the Art Institute, to name a few.

But if you want a true sense of what Chicago is all about, then I recommend thinking outside of the box. 

I’ve included a downloadable version of all of my top favorite locations, such as Oz Park, turtle racing, a late night chocolate bar, and troll hunting. Just click on the link below, and be sure to scroll through both pages of the download. Click on each destination title for a link to more details!

Chicago Destinations


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Mary, a native of Rockford, Illinois, attended DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois where she received her BA in Secondary Art Education. In 2007, she moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa after accepting a position as a high school visual arts teacher with the Cedar Rapids Community School District. She and her husband, Collin, who is a teacher in the Iowa City Community School District, reside in Cedar Rapids with their daughters, Zoey and Munroe. Zoey is five and Munroe will be turning one in October 2016. In addition to being a full time mommy, full time teacher, and writer for the mom’s blog, she is also a professional artist who has shown and published works both nationally and internationally. Mary enjoys traveling, painting, and most of all, spending time with her family.


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