Get insider tips with this concierge guide to Chicago

Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago entrance

Plan your trip to Chicago with a hint of insider information by reading this Concierge Guide by Andrew from Radisson Blu.

We all love to hear from a local about secret tips and tricks to enjoying our vacations just that little bit more, so we got in touch with Concierge Andrew Stiles from Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago. Want to know where to eat, what to do and some lesser-known info on the city? Here is what Andrew had to say:

Andrew Stiles, Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Concierge
Andrew Stiles,
Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Concierge

Can you tell us a little about yourself first?

I’ve worn many hats in my life so far, including Sommelier, Foodie, Movie Critic, Graphic Designer, and many more. Now I love to help others find all the hidden gems this city has to offer, and make the most of their trip to Chicago.

What makes Chicago a perfect destination city in the U.S.?

It has so much to offer, every season has a different vibe and different fun to be had, also this city is constantly changing and evolving. So, if you visited five years ago, there is so much that is different to see now. You have the shows, the drinks, the sports, Chicago really has it all.

If you could recommend two different restaurants for first time visitors, what would they be?

There is a restaurant called Untitled Supper Club that has a 1920’s speakeasy vibe, it’s very Chicago, and is a great way to start off your trip. Live music and shows along with a great meal are a given and it’s in a neighborhood with a lot of other options, so you can walk around and kind of get a feel for the scene and find the place you feel at home.

Another great choice would be a place called Embeya, where you find really dynamic and interesting Asian fusion. Everything is bright and flavorful, and the service is outstanding. It was named one of the top 20 restaurants in the USA last year, let alone Chicago by Esquire magazine.

Where is the nicest place to grab a coffee on a sunny day?

Buckingham fountain in chicago on a sunny day

We actually have a Lavazza Coffee shop in the hotel. I would personally grab a cup there and head to the parks just south of the hotel. Just hanging out at “the Bean” and Buckingham fountain in Millennium and Grant Parks is a nice way to start the day. Also there is a nice selection of coffee shops on Michigan Ave located around the park as well.

Come and chat with me and I’ll tell you all about the newest spots to see.

Can you name a place off the beaten track for returning visitors?

I think the Chicago History Museum is a wonderful place to visit, it’s just outside downtown in the Old Town neighborhood, and therefore gets overlooked by some if they are staying downtown.

Where is the best place to entertain the kids?

Chicago children's museum at Navy Pier

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I feel like the Children’s Museum at Navy Pier is an excellent family friendly activity. Also there are so many things that are seasonal, it’s best to stop by the concierge desk and find out about what’s going on.

Where is your favorite place to go and why?

Every month in Chicago, five or six restaurants close and it seems like 10 more open. I love to see the new places that just opened and see what innovative things the culinary scene has to offer. It’s actually the one of the main reasons I am a hotel concierge. Come and chat with me and I’ll tell you all about the newest spots to see.

Find the perfect vacation information for you when chatting with the concierges at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago. These guys have all the insider knowledge to make your trip just that little bit more special. Thanks Andrew!

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