A few weeks ago another blogger, Kendra Thornton, contacted me to ask if I'd consider swapping guest posts. Formerly communications manager at Orbitz, she's now a stay-at-home mom to twins. I was in Chicago back in April on business and had a terrific time, so when she told me it would be a post describing some of the delights of the Windy City, I said sure.
Many Chicago locals - both native-born and transplants - strongly feel that this city is, hands-down, one of the best American cities. I want to tell you about some of my favorite things about this city. Lake Michigan makes for a very special atmosphere. There are so many places to visit while in Chicago, and it would be impossible to address them all. Below, I’ve listed a few of my favorite places and things to do in the Windy City.
If you’re a shopping enthusiast, Oak Street is a prime destination within the city that has truly excellent shopping. Located only one mile from "the Magnificent Mile" on North Michigan Avenue, it is easily accessible and yet doesn’t have (quite) the same hustle and bustle. Only one block in size, Oak Street is nevertheless filled with quality shops and boutiques for even the most keen, style-conscious shoppers. Also, it is like a trip through history as you shop at the converted brownstones and town homes, lending to the area’s historic and homely charm. Jimmy Choo, Kate Spade, and Barney are just some of the brand name shops located at Oak Street.
Millennium Park is well known, but still one of my favorite places in Chicago. It is the home of the famous Cloud Gate sculpture (also unofficially called the "Bean")--the polished chrome, bean shaped giant that lends itself so well to creative photographs. A truly magnificent site to behold, it appears to be made of liquid mercury.
One of the most important things to take care of if you find yourself in Chicago is to find the right place to stay. Wherever you stay impacts your trip in terms of location, price, nearby features and restaurants, and comfort. I have found a site called Gogobot to peruse great hotels and restaurants to frequent during your visit to Chicago. Filled with user reviews, and complete with extensive information, you will know just where in Chicago you want to stay. Whether you choose to stay at an older hotel filled with Chicago’s history, or in the family-friendly Wicker Park, Gogobot will be your best ally in planning the perfect Chicago trip.
Some people are aware of the world-famous status that Chicago-style pizza has, while others only learn of it after their arrival in the city. Nevertheless, Chicago is home to some of the best pizza in the country. Lou Malnati's is an absolute staple in Chicago, as their deep-dish pizza is delicious. I love to come here with my family, as it is a fun atmosphere, and of course, incredible pizza.