It was summer of 2009, when we decided to visit chicago, as my husband's cousin was visiting another cousin and my husband haven't seen them for a long time...probably over 8-10 years. So, we decided to visit chicago for 3-4 days. It was the first time when my husband was visiting USA and he was going to drive the car. First I looked up hotels at hotels.ca and found a hyatt regency 20-25 minutes away from husband's cousin place. On the first day, we rested around and saw the surrounding area and malls. We were staying near a big mall that also had ikea close-by. The next day we visited the cousins and also went to devon street which is a south asian food street. From people in toronto, I heard so much about the street but when I went there I was kind of disappointed with the shops and prices. It was actually expensive to buy indian sweets there in comparison to toronto/GTA. The next day we took the cousin from texas that was there with us and we visited the chicago downtown and took a double decker bus tour for $30 each per ticket. But, I have to say that it was a great tour, which actually made us really like the chicago. On the contrary, we heard not so good reviews from people here in toronto...mainly, because whenever they visited chicago, they didn't see the downtown and visited suburbs to meet relatives...so, their experiences were different than ours. On the fourth day, we visited outlet malls, and my husband found really good deals there at the gap.