Also known as The Windy City Chicago is the third most populous city in the USA. With a vibrant city life, that is filled with food, music, sports, and an amazing skyline Besides, any city that lays claim to deep-dish pizza and hot dogs covered in more toppings than you can shake a stick is already great in my book. There were so many things that immediately jumped out it was hard to narrow the list down, but here’s our pick for what to do in Chicago*
Go for a walk….
We all know the best way to experience a city is often on foot, and with its grid-like layout, gorgeous parks and an array of public art, the best way to know the city is to hit the streets. Chicago is famous for its bold architecture and the city is full of famous landmarks including Willis Tower and The Merchandise Mart. After the Great Chicago Fire the city experienced a building boom and today the city boasts a great blend of various architectural styles. If you don’t feel like digging up the map, or simply roaming to your heart’s content there are numerous walking tour around the city that will showcase some of its delights. We’d recommend checking out The Best Architecture Walking Tour Since Sliced Bread which puts the architecture into the context of art and pop culture. At $22 for 1.5hours, it’s pretty reasonable to boot.
Stop for a bite to eat….
After you’ve worked up an appetite it would be a waste not to stop for a bit of grub. No chairs and no menu doesn’t sound like the best start to a café, but Bad Wolf Coffee is a well-kept secret in Chicago. With a focus on quality coffee and pastries that are made with local organic ingredients, it’s worth a trip. The legendary canelés are the thing to try but with an ever-changing menu, you might end up there more than once. If you prefer your brunch to be a buffet and accompanied by bottomless mimosas, then check out Duffy’s Tavern and Grille, 420 W Diversey Pkwy. This bar is comfortable, casual, and offers plenty to keep sports fans happy, so has become a GirlCrew Chicago favorite. Once evening hits relax in the luxurious surrounds of Celeste, 111 W. Hubbard St. This cocktail bar and supper club focus on presenting modernized American dishes and has an extensive wine menu to boot. If you need a pizza fix, pop over to Bartoli’s, 1955 W. Addison St., for a deep-dish pie that will fulfill all your cheesy dreams.
Hit the shops….
Chicago has plenty to offer in the way of shopping, from big malls to quirky markets, independent design boutiques to vintage shops selling weird and wonderful items. If you are looking for big brand names then State Street is your best bet, but there some other gems worth visiting. First stop, is the French Market, which is actually a bit of a cheat since it’s a food market, but food shopping is always fun so it totally counts. For those who prefer something a little less foody, and a lot more unusual drop by Woolly Mammoth Antiques & Oddities LLC/1513 W. Foster Ave. Described as a curiosity cabinet, this place is stuffed with vintage oddities and has a higgledy-piggledy charm that is infectious.
Making friends in Chicago….
Like any large city, making friends in Chicago can be tough and as we get older it gets even harder. For those who are looking to make new friends, GirlCrew is just the thing for you. This community is for women aged 25+ and is the perfect place to find that new running partner, a brunch club, or even a group to go out dancing with.
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