Local Tips

Live Like A Local
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Our staff knows just where to go!

Getting off the beaten path and discovering hidden gems is one of the wonders of travel. But how do you find those special places? Ask a local. Hotel Palomar Chicago helps you make the most of your Chicago stay by sharing our staff's favorite picks and insider tips.

We asked our intrepid staff: If you had only two days in Chicago, what would you do? Take a peek, have some fun and Live Like a Local.

One of a kind
Adam Gurgiolo

Adam Gurgiolo

Assistant General Manager

  • The Art Institute of Chicago – offers one of the largest collections of rare and fine art in the world. 

  • Millenium Park Ice Rink – Truly a unique winter experience where you can ice skate with breathtaking views of one of the most beautiful skylines in the world.

Retail therapy
Denise Schultz

Denise Schultz

Director of Sales

  • Shopping in Wicker Park – If you’re looking for that one of a kind gift, head to the Wicker Park neighborhood where you’ll find plenty of boutiques.

  • Shops @ Armitage & Halsted - This historic Chicago area is considered one of the city’s most desirable. 

Nabil Moubayed

Nabil Moubayed

General Manager

  • Running along the Lakefront - It’s always amazing to see the city from so many different angles.

  • Flywheel – located at the Flywheel Studio at State and Huron – indoor cycling meets spin class  - for 45 minutes with intense weights and cardio

Freida Huggins

Freida Huggins

Catering Sales and Private Dining Event Manager

  • Tango Sur, in Lakeview, is a little off the beaten path, but well worth the trip.

  • Waffles Chicago, has your choice of waffles, liege or Brussels, with abnormal toppings like short ribs. It makes you ask yourself, “Where have these been all your life?"

Michael Reyna

Michael Reyna

Front Office Manager

  • Musicals in Chicago – All the top shows on Broadway make their way to the Windy City. 

  • Comedy in Chicago – Head over to The Second City where legendary comedians such as Mike Myers and John Belushi got their start.

Mike Ryan

Mike Ryan


  • The Barrelhouse Flat - late night cocktails, food and all around good times.

  • Delilah's - Whiskey, punk rock, and more whiskey.