My girlfriend and I took a little weekend trip to Chicago because we’d never been there and found a cheap plane ticket on Kayak.com. The longest either of us had ever been in Chicago was a couple of hours when we were stuck between flights at the airport, or the few times when we drove through on cross-country road trips, so neither of us had never really had an authentic Chicago experience. We decided to make the journey to enjoy some Chicago-style comfort foods and take in a Blackhawks game at United Center.
After doing a little bit of research, we opted for the Acme Hotel Company, which was close enough to everything without having the kind of price tag attached to it when a hotel is at the center of all that’s going on. It was a clean, affordable place to stay and we took full advantage of the sauna while staying here. The rooms are a bit “cozy” so if you have a big group or a couple of rug rats, it might not be the best place to stay for you, but for a couple sharing a bed, it was perfect. The staff was helpful and friendly enough and I really have nothing bad to say about the place other than I heard people complaining about the $39 a night parking fee, which does seem a bit ridiculous, but according to the Internet is low for downtown hotel parking, so go figure. My recommendation is don’t drive as you don’t really need a car anyway.
We walked around and did your usual sightseeing type things which I’m sure is written about everywhere. I will highlight that Giordano’s deep dish is truly deep and delicious and is definitely not for the faint of heart, nor the lactose intolerant. That stuff is cheesy! Hotdog places are scattered around everywhere and we hit up Kim and Carlo’s Hot Dog stand and Flub a Dub Chub’s for some vegetarian Chicago dogs, which were terrific.
We both really enjoyed the Blackhawks game at United Center. I’m a Penguins fan myself, but the Blackhawks are a dynasty so it was a fun night of paying respects and watching great hockey at a great stadium. Prices for food and drinks are as to be expected a little higher than most places, but not as bad as a lot of other markets. I will say that hearing “Chelsea Dagger” live after a goal and seeing the whole stadium erupt made the whole trip worthwhile and gave me a very distinct moment to remember our first trip to Chicago forever.