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Excellent Chicago Trip Introduction

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Excellent Chicago Trip Introduction

This post is the Excellent Chicago Trip Introduction.  It covers my work trip to Chicago.

Excellent Chicago Trip Introduction


This Excellent Chicago Trip Introduction is a trip report when I traveled to Chicago for a finance training seminar. The meeting took place over the good part of a week in May.

I researched fun things to do in the city by consulting the Lonely Planet Chicago Guide.

The trip report includes a review of American Airlines flying to and from Chicago.

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During the trip, I stayed at the Conrad Hilton Chicago.

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This was the third trip to Chicago over a two month period. The first trip was an Epic Chicago Weekend. The second trip was another work trip.


The airfare was booked on American Airlines for around $200 round trip. The flight was paid for me by my day job.

The hotel was booked direct via Hilton.

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While I was in Chicago, I spent most of my time at a conference which took place at Navy Pier.

The weather was rainy for most of the week; however, the last day offered a nice sunny and warm day.

In the past, I purchased a Chicago CityPass so that I could check out several awesome attractions with very minimal wait times. If you have a couple days to sightsee, I would highly recommend the pass.

I walked around near Navy Pier and saw some of the boats as well as got some good views of the Chicago Skyline.

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I also walked along the river within the city.

Excellent Chicago Trip Introduction

I’ve never been on one of these tours, but I think it would be fun to ride around on the river in Chicago.

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Have you been on one of the tours?


Excellent Chicago Trip Introduction

While I was in Chicago, I had the opportunity to sample a great Chicago Dog at Downtown Dogs.

They had some great photos of dogs for their interior decorations.

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The dog was excellent and it was served with fries.

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Chicago recently received a couple locations of Shake Shack over the past year. I had only visited the chain one other time while I was at JFK airport in the past. I figured it was worth checking out in the Windy City.

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You can use their mobile app to order and they will have your burger and fries waiting for you when you arrive.

I did that and the burger was ready right when I arrived.

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It was really good. What do you think of their burger offerings?

Windy City

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It was a good week in Chicago. I enjoyed being at Navy Pier for the conference as well as spending some time walking around the city.

Have you been to Chicago recently for a business trip? What did you do while you were there?

Trip Report

The trip report will including the following posts:





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