Chicago flying high lifestyle
The USA’s third-largest city is known as the windy city. But Chicago is much more than that. It’s home to incredible museums, parks and neighbourhoods, and a culinary tradition that represents the melting pot of cultures that have settled there. And of course its blues clubs, which have cemented the city’s reputation as the epicentre of this music genre, the soul of the States. Obama, Oprah and Al Capone all call it home. And it’s also the starting point of the legendary Route 66.
1- Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.
The MCA is a unique museum, and not just for the works it has on display – which range from paintings to photography via new digital technologies. It’s famous for giving exposure to underground artists, public talks and its superb gift shop.
2- Garfield Park Conservatory.
The best public botanical conservatory in the United States. Walk through gardens with species of flora from around the world, and take in the educational talks and contemporary art exhibitions.
3- Millennium Park.
And it goes without saying that you have to get a selfie in front of the Bean, a 100-ton sculpture that reflects the city and its people.
4- Bloomingdale Trail. (The 606)
The city’s answer to New York’s High Line, this elevated greenway runs through the north of the city from West to East, giving cyclists and walkers a route through the city brimming with green space.
5- The Art Institute of Chicago.
The Art Institute of Chicago is the city’s largest museum. It’s home to an incredible collection of impressionist art, as well as other iconic American works of art including pieces by Edward Hopper.
6- Hubbard Street murals.
It all started in 1971 when a group of students led by Ricardo Alonzo started painting murals on the street’s walls. And the project is still going today, led by the B_Line, an urban artists’ collective that has successfully turned Hubbard Street into a large open-air gallery.
7- Rivers cruises and urban kayaks.
Meandering through the neighbourhoods of Chicago, a river cruise is an entertaining way to see the city’s skyline by day or night. For those who dare, renting a kayak and paddling towards the sunset will give you an unforgettable experience of the city.
8- Lincoln Park Zoo.
One of the best in the USA. Diverse fauna and wonderfully informative. Ideal for a family trip.
9- Chicago Pizza Tours.
This is a must in the city that boasts of having the best pizzas in the USA. Take a trip in a limo and visit the city’s best pizzerias. The best pizzeria? Pizzeria Uno. And, please, order a Deep Dish Pizza.
10- Lincoln Square food tour.
Chicago has taken its position on the podium as a global hub of flavours. The city’s ethnic diversity is a definite plus, giving it restaurants of all nationalities. Companies offer tours, giving you the chance to go in one place and try something, then move on to another. Tapas, American style.
11- Chicago’s buildings.
The city’s architecture is worthy of its own section. The world’s first skyscraper was built here in 1885: the 9-floor Home Insurance Building. Go on a tour with the Chicago Architecture Foundation and learn about the city’s most iconic buildings and their secrets.
- Willis Tower. (Formerly Sears Tower), the tallest building in the USA. Climbing to the top floor and drinking in the awe-inspiring views from the Skydeck Observatory is an incredible experience. On clear days you can see four states: Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin.
- Trump International Tower. Owned by the former American president, this 90-floor building was designed by architects Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, the same studio that built the Burj Al Arab Khalifa in Dubai, considered the world’s tallest building.
- The Wrigley Building (1924), whose architect was inspired by Seville’s Giralda.
- Aqua at Lakeshore East (2009), with windows evoking waves in motion.
- Carbide & Carbon, a building resembling a monumental bottle of Champagne.
- Robie House by the unrivalled architect Frank Lloyd Wright, close to Hyde Park.
- Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) Center. Built in the early nineteenth century, this is one of the USA’s most iconic buildings. The postmodern architecture combines a rationalist style with more classic elements, and Krion® and systems by Butech were used in a recent refurbishment to give shape to the lobby.
12- The elevated metro train line.
Locals call it ‘the L’ and this metro train line runs overground, giving you a unique view of the large city and its buildings.
13- Helicopter tour.
Very much in demand, because you can see all the city’s numerous buildings and green spaces from the air. And on windy days – not so rare in Chicago – you’ll have double the fun.
14- Lake trail.
An 18-mile trail around Lake Michigan, with sandy beaches, cycle routes, and the option to visit the famous Lakefront Park. A lovely walk.
15- Calumet Fisheries.
Since 1928, Calumet Fisheries have been smoking the South Side’s tastiest fish on the banks of the Calumet River. The smokehouse uses natural wood, and their freshly smoked fish is eaten in establishments throughout the area. It became fashionable when renowned chefs (like the late Anthony Bourdain) added it to their menus.
16- American Writers Museum.
This unique museum is located on the famous central Michigan Avenue, and is home to a collection of pieces from American writers. You can see Orson Welles’ or Ernest Hemingway’s typewriters for example. Or writing implements used by Truman Capote and many others. They also put on literary classes and lectures, and the walls display prose and verse from famous authors.
17- Ping Tom park.
This beautiful park is located near Chinatown Square, and has a pagoda style pavilion and bamboo gardens. And the city’s best dim sum restaurants are just a step away.
18- Humboldt Park.
Named after the famous German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt. An interesting place to visit and take in the large statues and gardens.
19 – Food and nightlife.
Chicago has made its name for being an haute cuisine city, and it undisputedly has the country’s best jazz clubs. For example:
- Eat in the neighbourhoods. You’ll find amazing Italian, Chinese, Puerto Rican and Polish restaurants and more… each neighbourhood has its own culture and bars.
- Dine with musicians in Wicker Park Bucktown, Chicago’s answer to grunge. We like the restaurant Schwa – haute cuisine hidden behind a garage door.
- Cocello, probably the best Italian restaurant in the city.
- West Loop, the former Chicago meatpacking district: abandoned warehouses transformed into on-trend restaurants and bars. Restaurants Blackbird, Row and Nobu are particular highlights.
- Chicago Blues in Rosa’s Lounge, with the city’s top performers.
- The Library Gilt Bar and cellar with French music and velvet sofas.
- Bordel. A Parisian style speakeasy bar with a secret entrance and staircases leading down to vintage sofas and a dark, candlelit restaurant. The drinks there are considered Chicago’s finest. This is the kingdom of burlesque dancer Sally Marvel and magician Al Sacco. If you like nightlife, it’s a must.
20 – Sleep in Chicago.
We love Soho House Chicago Members Club. It’s one super cool hotel and you’ll simply fall in love with its rooftop terrace as you sip their famous daiquiri by the pool.
The Peninsula. Unashamedly luxurious, in a tower that’s home to a dreamy bar.
Nobu Chicago. Robert de Niro’s famous franchise is strong in the city. The restaurant is exceptional.
Trump International Tower. Breathe in big business: the iconic terrace is the place to be for a drink at sunset.
Four Seasons Chicago. Tranquil luxury, meticulous service and an amazing spa. The cocktails will not disappoint.
Virgin Hotel, Chicago. The multinational has chosen the iconic Old Dearborn Bank Building in an Art Deco style for its first hotel venture.
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