Jasmine Rushton, one of our PR consultants was recently in Chicago and wrote about her Top 5 things to do in Chicago:-
There are so many things I love about Chicago and I jumped at the chance to explore one of my favourite cities. Below is my list of top five things to do:
In 1871 the Great Chicago Fire completely destroyed the city. Out of the ashes rose the world’s first sky scraper and now, the city is known globally as having some of the best architecture in the world. It is fitting then, that the first thing I recommend anyone do in Chicago is a First Lady Architecture Cruise (www.cruisechicago.com). Cruising up the Chicago River, sitting in the sun with a cool beverage is the best way to not only get your bearings for the city, but learn about its history through the buildings. If cruising along a river isn’t your thing, then try a Segway tour (chicagosegways.com), Chicago Greeter walking tour (chicagogreeter.com), or for the brave, a running tour (www.cityrunningtours.com/chicago.html).
Millennium Park and Cloud Gate
Across Chicago there are a number of parks, all beautifully landscaped with plenty of areas to have a picnic and admire the world as it goes by. My favourite has to be Millennium Park. Opened in 2004, the park has a number of public artworks including Cloud Gate (also known as The Bean) which is a giant silver bean that reflects and distorts the city skyline. The perfect location for a Chicago selfie.
Every time I visit, I get drawn to The Second City and I was lucky enough to see the new show “102nd Review Depraved New World”. The show explores the inner thoughts of individuals in everyday situations and the results are ridiculously funny, providing an evening of great entertainment and beer – so good, I went twice.
Wicker Park and Bucktown
Chicago has 77 neighbourhoods all with their own distinct vibe. My favourite is Wicker Park and Bucktown for its fantastic food – I recommend Mindy’s Hot Chocolate for brunch – and great boutique shopping. To get here, just hop on to the CTA’s blue line and get off at Division, Damen or Western.
Anyone who knows me will hands down say my favourite thing to do is eat. Whenever I travel, I explore a destination by trying out the best local restaurants I can find. Chicagoans also love to eat and the cuisine is much more than hot dogs and deep dish pizza – although if I am going to recommend any, try Hot Dougs (www.hotdougs.com) for a great hot dog and Lou Malnati’s (www.loumalnatis.com) for an authentic deep dish. From gourmet Michelin Star meals at Elizabeth (www.elizabeth-restaurant.com), Longman and Eagle (www.longmanandeagle.com) and Sixteen (www.trumphotelcollection.com/chicago/fine-dining-chicago.php) to local favourites such as Quartino (www.quartinochicago.com), Xoco (www.rickbayless.com/restaurants/xoco/) and Wildberry (http://www.wildberrycafe.com/chicago.html) you could spend weeks exploring the city and not even scratch the surface.