Things to do Near the Magnificent Mile

There are a number of places that can be described as definitively Chicago — the sky scrapers that reach high into the clouds, Lake Michigan lapping against the shoreline and Michigan Avenue, affectionately known as the Magnificent Mile, that runs straight through the heart of the city’s downtown. In fact, the Magnificent Mile has become… Read more »

How to Throw the Perfect Summer Party

How to Plan the Perfect Summer Party Summertime is the perfect time for entertaining. It is usually warm enough to be able to hold your party outdoors, barring inclement weather. Moreover, even if there is a rainstorm, outdoor event tents will generally keep the raindrops away from your guests. But where do you begin to… Read more »

The Best Places to Eat Near Shedd Aquarium

Chicago is a fabulous place to explore. Breathtaking architecture. Gorgeous views of Lake Michigan. Storied history. Some of the best sports teams in America. And excellent museums and educational institutions. Here at Giordano’s, one of our favorite places to explore is Shedd Aquarium. Fun for the whole family, you can spend hours wandering and learning… Read more »

A Guide To Summer Events in Chicago

Ah, summer. The time when we can finally pack away the parkas — for a couple months, anyway — and pat ourselves on the back for surviving another Chicago winter. The city comes alive during the summer months, with hundreds of eclectic events vying for your attention. Whether you prefer live music, visual arts, food… Read more »

The Best Restaurants Near the John Hancock Center

In many ways, Chicago is defined by its skyline. Home to some of the nation’s tallest buildings, the Willis Tower, the Aon Center and the John Hancock Center all rise into the clouds seemingly straight out of the waters of Lake Michigan. In fact, as reported by World Atlas, Chicago is home to four of… Read more »

Best Places to Eat Near Wrigley Field

It is the most wonderful time of year — baseball season! As the days warm — although here in Chicago it takes a little longer than other places — fans will start making their way towards the “Friendly Confines” in order to take in America’s national pastime. In fact, according to Baseball Reference, almost 3… Read more »

The Ultimate Guide to Chicago Neighborhoods

It’s easy to mix up Chicago’s neighborhoods. After all, there’s 77 city districts in total — not counting all the distinct communities within those districts. Chicago newcomers sometimes don’t know where to start. If you’re a neighborhood noob, don’t worry, we’ll explain the basics. Our total guide to Chicago neighborhoods will teach you the art… Read more »

Best Places to Eat Near the Chicago Theatre

Step inside the Chicago Theatre, and it’s easy to see why it was called the Wonder Theatre of the World upon its opening in October of 1921. Built as an upscale movie house, the theater felt influences from the French Baroque style, with a replica of the Arc de Triomphe above the marquee. Inside, the… Read more »

A Neighborhood by Any Other Name: What Place Names Say About Chicago

What’s in a name? We call each other by names, but what do our names say about us? On its own, a name doesn’t mean anything. It only gets emotion and power through its history. Did your name belong to your grandfather? What’s your family history? At Giordano’s we take history seriously, especially Chicago history…. Read more »

A Pier Beyond Peer: The Legacy of Navy Pier

Navy Pier wields a powerful force. Each year, millions of visitors gravitate to this spot. Crowds simply cannot resist the allure of Navy Pier. But what produces this effect? Surely scientists have studied this phenomenon. Well, it’s not complicated (or paranormal). Navy Pier just rocks. Jutting 3,300 feet into Lake Michigan, this Chicago landmark demands… Read more »