25+ Fun Things to do in Chicago with Your Girlfriends
Not sure what to do during your upcoming trip to Chicago? We got you covered! We came up with a list of 25+ fun things to do in Chicago with your girlfriends!
1. Rooftop Bars
First things first – dump your luggage in your hotel room and hit the rooftop bars! Chicago has some pretty classy views, especially from London House and Cindy’s. London House looks over Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive, which is right on the river in the heart of Chicago. Cindy’s is also on Michigan Avenue and overlooks Millennium Park and the lake. Either way, you’ll get great views and some pretty amazing drinks!
Let off some steam and play ping pong with your gal pals! Sp!n is the coolest ping pong hub in the city and sits right off the river in River North. It’s a really posh place with unique murals, amazing drinks and apps, and a tub full of ping pong balls! This is a great place if you want to have fun.
3. WNDR Museum
Not a huge fan of museums? Take a chance on the WNDR Museum, Chicago’s immersive art museum that inspires you to create! It’s incredibly interesting, unique, and instagrammable! You are encouraged to take pictures and tag them on instagram. WARNING: you won’t be bored.
4. Roosevelt Collections
Want shopping, restaurants, and a movie theater all in one place? Make sure you stop by Roosevelt Collections in the South Loop. It sits on top of a great view of the Sears Tower and the rest of the city. Some really great shops, like H&M, Ulta, and Loft are at home there, along with Nando’s Peri-Peri and other great food joints. They also have a great theater with multiple movie selections and show times, not to mention that the courtyard is so unique and beautiful lit up at night! You could easily spend all day here.
5. White Haute
You can’t have a girls trip and not pamper yourselves a little, so put this on the top of your list of things to do in Chicago! Stop into White Haute to get your teeth whitened! With flights starting at just $45 (um, wow!) and as little as 15 minutes, get those pearly whites shining bright! Someone once said, it’s like a spa for your teeth! Click here to view our menu and see what we offer!
6. Time Out Market
Can’t decide where to eat? Take a trip to Fulton Market and dine at the Time Out Market! Time Out is a great magazine that covers universal food, travel, trends, etc. So they put together a dining hall in Chicago of the best chefs and cuisine in the city. Get a little bit of everything while you’re here – you don’t have to miss out!
7. Concerts at Millennium Park
If you happen to be visiting in the summertime, make sure you stop by Millennium Park in the evening. Although it’s beautiful at all hours, they put on a lot of free concerts during the summer. There’s something special about roaming around a park in the middle of a city hearing beautiful music. Not to forget that they sell wine and goose island beer.
8. Beatnik on the River
If you’re here in the summer, do yourself a favor and stop by Beatnik on the River! It’s sister restaurant is in the West Loop, but they opened up this spot on the river for an extra good time. You’ll be greeted with bohemian vibes and a great tiki bar on the water. It’s a great place to relax and eat great mediterranean food and unique drinks. You’ll feel like you’ve been exported to another world!
9. Art Institute of Chicago
The Art Institute of Chicago was voted the best museum in the world a few years ago, and for good reason! An array of different exhibits rest in the museum, along with some very famous paintings. Besides that, it is very easy to navigate, they have a great cafe with rooftop access, and you literally can’t get bored! With so much culture and history, this museum has to be on your list! PRO TIP: Thursday nights they stay open later from 5-8, and it is free for Illinois residents.
10. Lincoln Park Conservatory
If you’re looking for some nature within the concrete jungle, take a short hike over to the Lincoln Park Conservatory. The conservatory isn’t huge, but it does a lot with the space it has. Get away from the cool weather and walk among tropical plants and beautiful flowers. It’s also a great instagram spot!
11. IO Theater
If you want a good laugh, make sure you stop at the IO Theater in Lincoln Park! They have amazing sketches and improv that’ll make you forget all of your worries. We personally love the Shakespeare Improv – they dress and talk in Old English, but it is so hilarious and well done!
12. Drinks at the Signature Lounge
Head up to the Signature Lounge at the John Hancock building for drinks with the best view! You’ll be seated on the 95th floor and you’ll have a 360 degree view of the city. It’s insanely gorgeous, and we recommend going right at sunset.
13. Lincoln Park Zoo Lights
If you’re in Chicago during the holidays, you can’t miss out on the Lincoln Park Zoo lights! Stroll around the zoo, buy some hot chocolate or mulled wine, and gaze at all the beautiful light displays – and the skyline is right behind you! You cannot let yourself miss this awesome Chicago light show.
14. Starbucks Reserve
Are you a coffee lover? While you’re on Michigan Avenue, head down to the newest Starbucks! The Starbucks Reserve is the largest Starbucks in the world! They have unique drinks, and even handcrafted alcoholic beverages. Brace yourself for a long line, but it’ll be worth it for the gram – especially if you can squeeze your way onto the rooftop!
15. Bad Axe Throwing
Bad Axe Throwing is a new fad that’s sweeping the nation, and you can join in the fun here in Chicago! With two locations in Chicago (West Loop & Lakeview), have fun with your girls and learn how to throw some axes. It’s definitely something fun to do – and it’s BYOB!
If you’re in Chicago during December, make sure to stop by the Christkindlmarket, a German Christmas market! It is one of the best events that Chicago puts on all year long. All of the food is amazing, including the pretzels and potato pancakes. They also have Gluhwein, a German mulled wine, and little shops to get great souvenirs.
You can’t come to Chicago and not try Portillo’s at least once. In the heart of River North lies one of Chicago’s staples – originally a hot dog stand – that serves Chicago style hot dogs, Italian beef, and juicy hamburgers. Stop here for a late night snack, or try one of their famous cake shakes. No matter what you get, you’ll be delighted.
18. Wrigley Field
Enjoy a game at baseball’s most iconic ball park, Wrigley Field! Whether you enter into the stadium or not, Wrigleyville itself has a lot to offer on game day (and non game day alike). Spend the day sipping drinks at fun bars, check at Gallagher Way right by the stadium, and peruse the streets for a great vibe!
19. Homeslice Pizza
Not a fan of traditional deep dish? Try Homeslice Wheelhouse in Lincoln Park for something different! You’ll be greeted by a neon sign that reads “I could give up pizza, but I’m not a quitter.” Not only is that amazing, but the rest of the place is pretty instagrammable, too! Sit in the back patio and lounge in a swinging chair surrounded by hanging lights. They also have a great drink menu, so get ready to have a great time!
20. Shopping on Southport Row
Everyone’s go to is Michigan Avenue for shopping, but do something more local and head down to Southport Row (close to Wrigley Field). Stop by stores like Anthropologie and Kendra Scott, and eat lunch at a cute cafe!
Chinatown itself is a great area to spend half a day at. Head over by CTA or take a water taxi, and wander around! You can get your nails done, drink some bubble tea at Joyyee, eat dinner at any of the awesome restaurants, and finish the day with some karaoke at No. 18! You really could spend a lot of time in Chinatown, but even if you only stop by for some bubble tea, it’ll be worth it!
22. Parson’s Chicken and Fish
Head over to Logan Square for a unique Chicago experience! Logan Square is a more relaxed neighborhood that’s still trendy and modern. Parson’s Chicken and Fish is one place that’s especially great. Not only do they serve incredible food, but they also have a great patio and seating area that’s modern, but kind of farmhouse.
23. Kingston Mines
Chicago has a rich history with Blues music, so it’s no surprise that there are still great places to go and listen to it! Kingston Mines is one of the most reputable Blues places in the whole city. Go listen to some great music and experience something different!
24. Oak Street Beach
Whether it’s summer, or the dead of winter, Oak Street Beach has the most fabulous view of Lake Michigan and the skyline. Take a dip in the lake, lie on the beach, or take a walk along the water. You seriously cannot go wrong coming to this beach, and it’s right off of Michigan Avenue and Oak Street – the epitome of shopping in Chicago.
25. Imperial Lamian
Do you like dumplings? Do you love rainbows? Weird question, but if you like both, come to Imperial Lamian for some amazing rainbow dumplings! It’s incredibly instagrammable AND delicious at the same time! The restaurant itself has a great traditional meets modern vibe, and it’s in the heart of River North. Win, win!
26. Violet Hour
Ever wondered what it was like to go to a speakeasy? Now you can know. Located in Wicker Park, spot the door with a single light bulb hanging down from it and sneak in. You’ll find Chicago’s best speakeasy to date! You’ll get an incredible drink menu and will probably spend a few hours here!
27. Cultural Center
Another great spot downtown in the Chicago Cultural Center. They host an exhibit that changes every 2-3 months, and they’re usually interactive and intriguing. Even if you don’t love what they’re show casing, the architecture of the building alone is enough to stop by! With white marble as the structural base, and cool colored tiles lining the walls in different patterns, this might just be one of the most instagrammable spots downtown.
28. Second City
Hit up another famous comedy spot, Second City. If you’re wondering why it sounds familiar, it’s because famous comedians like Tina Fey, Steve Carell, and Chris Farley all got their start at this comedy club. Come reminisce and potentially see a rising star at Second City in Old Town.
We hope this list has helped you come up with things to do in Chicago with your girlfriends!