A Girl’s Guide to Chicago

chicago guide and book for tourists and locals

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Based on the true story of a girl in her twenties who packs her bags and follows her lifelong dream of moving to Chicago. Take a journey with Kelly and discover the hidden gems you never knew about – as she starts a new career, makes new friendships, and even falls into an unexpected romance.


Who’s this book for?

  • Chicago locals and tourists
  • Anyone visiting or moving to Chicago
  • Girls of all ages who love Chicago
  • Guys who want to impress that special someone
  • Anyone buying a gift for graduation, birthday or holiday
  • Anyone looking for things to do in Chicago
  • Anyone who loves a good novel #chicklit


At the end of the book, there’s a checklist of every location, experience, and place mentioned in the book. You can follow along on her journey, explore the city, and create memories of your own.


Meet the Author: Kelly Russell

Kelly Russell Author Girls Guide Chicago

Hi! I’m Kelly and I moved to Chicago about 10 years ago, but I’ve been in love with this city since a little girl. I met my husband here and we live in Lakeview with our two girls, a cat named Gracie and our Mini Aussie, Bella. We love our neighborhood and experiencing everything in Chicago. We’re always trying new restaurants, exploring different neighborhoods, and we spend a lot of our time in our favorite coffee shops.

I wrote “A Girl’s Guide to Chicago” because I love planning days and nights in the city for my friends and family. So, I love to know everything I can about what’s going on in Chicago. I’m always making lists of the newest places to try or the latest things to do.

In all, I wrote this book to share my real story and my real and favorite experiences in Chicago. I hope you enjoy, and use my book to create your own experiences in Chicago.



An Interview with Kelly


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