One year ago I started an internship with Modern Luxury Media (http://www.modernluxury.com/) and lived on State street for the summer.
Take an architectural boat tour,
Visit a museum
Relax in Millennial parkand enjoy a Chicago dog (no ketchup)and definitely go to Navy Pier. Order the Chicago mix popcorn from Garretts (Cheese and Carmel corn is arguably one of the most underrated and greatest combinations).
Explore the north end restaurants, take the blue line and check out Wicker Park, the lists go on and on.One problem you won’t face is finding good food. Chicago’s food scene is eclectic and one of the best in the world.
They sell out quickly but you can find out the flavor of the day and how many they have left by following them on Twitter (Twitter.com/doughnutvault).
Or try the Belgian bakery on Walton (conveniently right next to my cousin’s apartment).
Lunch around the loop is simple, cheap, and delicious.
Taza is highest rated yelp restaurant for a simple reason. Their falafel and homemade hummus is on a whole other level of insanity. I probably ate here 4 times a week, the owners even started giving me complimentary baklava. I couldn’t recommend this place enough.
Unlike the hokey mom and pop Italian restaurant concept, Bar Toma offers refined pizzas and small tasting plates that would make Buca di beppo look like the Snooki of Italian restaurants