I’m really excited to interview Bethany Bayless of The Money Millhouse Podcast about Chicago, Illinois. Bethany’s tips for the best things to do in Chicago are awesome because she lived in Chicago during college and, although she moved away a few years ago, she visits as often as she can.
We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Choose Chicago, the local convention and visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.
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Getting around Chicago
You have two airport options when flying into Chicago. And which one you choose is largely based on which airline you’re flying. If you’re flying Southwest, you’ll most likely be arriving at Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW), which is about a twenty-minute drive to downtown. For the major airlines like American Airlines, you’ll fly into Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), which is about 30 minutes outside of downtown.
Bethany says that, if you’re staying downtown, there’s no need to rent a car. Uber and Lyft are excellent ways to get around. The Chicago bus, rail, and subway lines make it easy to get around. And I’ve personally found the downtown area very walkable.
And when you only need a car for a couple of hours, you can rent by the hour with Zipcar. Join now to get $25 loaded into your account.
Places we talked about on the podcast
Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Bethany Bayless about Chicago, Illinois. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.
- Red dots = best places to eat in Chicago, Illinois
- Green dots = best things to do in Chicago, Illinois
- Yellow dots = best places to stay in Chicago, Illinois
Who is Bethany Bayless?
Bethany Bayless is the wife of Travis, mother of Caden (baby boy) and London (Goldendoodle puppy), and Director of Communications for Heroes at Home. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL, and has been a social media coordinator for several organizations including two international groups.
She is a self-professed geek, aspiring home-cook, and globe-trotter (not the basketball kind). In her spare time, Bethany draws and hand letters, throws tennis balls for her puppy, London, and quotes movie lines with her family near and far. Bethany is the co-host of The Money Millhouse Podcast and you can find her blog at bethanybayless.org.
Here are a few of her podcast episodes to listen to:
- Raising Money-Savvy Kids with Doug Nordman and Carol Pittner
- How Much Money Do I Need to Retire with Todd Tresidder of Financial Mentor
- Budgeting Like a Pro with Allison Baggerly of Inspired Budget Remix
And… from our conversation, here is the Married With Children intro that shows the Buckingham Fountain in the center of Grant Park.
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Stay tuned for our next episode
Listen to the next episode when Steve Mangano of CurEat shares the best things to do in Raleigh, North Carolina. We hope you’ll join us when We Travel There.
To learn more about the Midwest, listen to our other episodes from this region of the U.S.: