Hey all! Thank you so much for all the helpful suggestions I've received so far. We have a loose itinerary planned, but still need some help. We are both 30-something parents. This is our first visit to Chicago as adults, and our first time away from all 3 kids ever since #3 came along.
We arrive via Amtrack at 0945 Friday morning. We have 3 day transit passes, so we will be using public transport for our whole stay. We are going to try to check in to the Hilton on South Michigan early. If we can't, I'm at least going to leave our backpack there. Looking for good breakfast/brunch/lunch suggestions for Friday. Need to keep it veggie/pasta/seafood for the day. First stop is going to be the Shedd, or the Field Museum. I haven't decided which I'd rather see. I'm an environmental geologist, so the Field is more my type of place. But I love marine mammals. We've been to the Newport Aquarium in Kentucky, as well as Ripley Aquariums. Aside from the marine mammals, anything really different worth seeing?
After that, we'd like to head up to Mag Mile and/or Navy Pier for a bit. (may stop at the Hilton and check in if we need to). I am NOT really a shopper, so going to Mag Mile is not my cup of tes, but my husband likes to shop. We are wanting to do Chicago style pizza for dinner. Lou Malnati's perhaps? Anyplace in town known for desserts and/or coffee (not starbucks, please) for after dinner?
Saturday morning, we need someplace to do breakfast. Does this Hilton offer a breakfast buffet? We're than planning on taking the Orange Line to Southwest Ave and visiting the Fire Museum of Chicago. Husband is a firefighter and history buff. Any local restaurants worth visiting in this neighborhood for a late lunch? Take the El back to The Loop. Walk around Millenium Park (weather permitting), maybe the Art Institute. Maybe go back up to Mag Mile. Looking for dinner suggestions for Saturday. Also looking for things to do between dinner and getting back to Union Station around 2100 Saturday night. Willis Tower maybe? $17 just to go up on an observation deck seems a bit much. Is it worth it?
Thanks again for all the help!