Places to visit in Chicago

Whether you know it as the “windy city”, “city of big shoulders” or the “Chi”, this bustling metropolitan mecca in the heart of the midwest can serve up the best for any season. From taking selfies at the bean to finding the perfect spot for brunch, here is Chicago for the young, curious and independent traveler.

Wicker Park/Bucktown

header-studio-bucktown-street Wicker Park/Bucktown, located just west of downtown Chicago, are two neighborhoods synonymous with vintage shopping, art galleries, friendly bars and acclaimed dining. Milwaukee avenue shops offer a myriad of thrift stores showcasing everything from last seasons designer jeans, vintage lightly worn-in cowboy boots to esoteric trincket stores. Beyond the shops, restaurants and bars remain a popular hangout for intersections of Chicago’s yuppies, cyclists, artists and anyone looking for a familiar atmosphere.

Lincoln Park


Heading eastward towards the lake, but still away from the hustle of summer traffic, Lincoln Park holds a weekly outdoor farmer’s market. If kale smoothies are your thing with a side of the best local grilled cheese, spend a morning at the Green City Farmer’s marketwhere you’ll find a showcase of the city’s chefs and local farmers. When you’re ready to walk off your generous lunch, Lincoln park zoo and conservatory are just across the street and always free and open to the public.

Millenium Park

divvy-bikes-kevin-zokiewiczTake advantage of Divvy, Chicago’s bike sharing program, to speed up your day by riding along the lakefront bike path accompanied by marvelous views of the city. Millenium park is along the way touting Chicago’s ability to attract those from all over.

Summer Workouts


If being in the hustle and bustle isn’t your thing but you’d still like to experience the parks wonders, summer workouts are held every Saturday morning from 7-11am offering yoga, tai chi, pilates and zumba. Once you’re awake and ready for the world, head down to the West Loop to brunch at Wishbone, a restaurant filled with what you may find to be the most interesting contemporary paintings, delicious southern food and a warm atmosphere.


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If you’re a foodie at heart, end your day on west Randolph street located just a block north where you’ll find the best and newest in Chicago’s food scene. From gastro pubs to culinary fusions, west Randolph street offers something for the foodie in everyone.

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