Tourist season is on it’s way and there are lots of articles listing the wonderful things to do in Chicago. Just last week I posted about Free Things To Do In Chicago. So this week I thought I’d change it up a little bit. Here’s my list of….
10 Things NOT To Do In Chicago:
- Put ketchup on your hot dogs. We all know that when you put ketchup on something it tastes like ketchup.The Chicago dog is a finely-tuned machine, a work of art of sorts. Would you put ketchup on your Stradivarius? No. No you wouldn’t so don’t put it on your dog.
- Go to the restaurants you go to at home. I know it’s easier sometimes. I know how it is in another town and sometimes you just want what you know – but I beg you! Even if it’s just a casual place, like maybe you’re getting your Chicago Dog from Max’s.
- Assume Deep Dish is the only pizza. The truth is, we eat Tavern-Style Pizza – it’s flat and crispy and cut into squares. That’s what we eat. Oh and we also eat Pequods.
- Be afraid of the CTA – The trains will get you where you need to go with relative ease. Don’t be afraid of the buses either – that’s some real Chicago right there.
- Stick to the “big” sports teams. You know what’s fun? A Chicago Fire game or a Chicago Sky game.
- Just stay in the Loop. Get out into the neighborhoods! That’s where Chicago really shines.
- Go to only Second City. Look, I’m the tour guide at Second City and I freaking LOVE that place. But Chicago’s comedy scene is huge. Try IO or ComedySportz (especially if you have kids with you, they’re clean!) or the Annoyance (they are NOT clean, beware!).
- Cross the street against the light like those crazy New Yorkers. If you look closely you’ll find that we obey street lights. That’s because we have crazy cab drivers. Sometimes you’ll see locals jay-walking but this is after YEARS of experience. Trust me, that ONE second you’ll get across the street earlier is not worth it.
- Not go to the lake. I’m amazed how many tourists do not engage with the lake. Bring your suit! Head down to Oak Street Beach or North Ave Beach for a major urban beach experience. Get drinks, play volleyball or go swimming! Chicago is a beach town baby!
- Just stay on the north side or the Loop. There is so much awesomeness on the south side. There’s the Oriental Institute and the DuSable Museum. There are great neighborhoods filled with art and culture in Bronzeville & Pilsen and spectacular views from Promontory Point.
What are some other things not to do in Chicago?