How to Eat and Drink Your Way Through Downtown Chicago in a Day
Chicago is a large city and can’t be fully experienced in a single visit. But for travelers here for a day, it’s a struggle to get away from downtown and see other neighborhoods except from the city’s skyscrapers. Finding rib tips and other under-the-radar delights may have to be saved for another visit. But to ensure visitors get a more balanced taste of downtown Chicago, ignore those hot takes from coastal elites and follow this 24-hour itinerary.
4:30 p.m. — A tiki drink or two at Three Dots and a Dash, 435 N. Clark Street
After dropping that pizza off in a fridge, it’s time to get back to business. Enter through the alley way behind Clark Street, and walk down the stairs to one of the best tiki bars in the country. Run by Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, Chicago’s biggest restaurant empire, Three Dots is a tropical paradise in the middle of a bustling Midwestern metropolis. The rum collection is potent and the drinks are fabulous and fun. For a more intimate experience, book a time inside the Bamboo Room, the bar’s VIP space for high-end rum drinks.