I haven’t been to Chicago myself but I do have it on good authority that it’s a great city to visit. So, with an assist from Katy, here are 5 things worth the flight to Chicago:
1) Architectural Boat Cruise
This river cruise takes you past buildings by world-famous architects including Mies van der Rohe, Helmut Jahn and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. I’ve never heard of them either, but thanks to the variety buildings and the great guides, it’s a lot more interesting than it sounds.
2) House of Blues Gospel Brunch
Great music, more food that you can possibly eat, and Mimosas. How can you go wrong when breakfast includes drinks? Jump right in there and sing-a-long, even you don’t believe the lyrics. More.
3) Frank Lloyd Wright home and studio tour
Did you know Frank Lloyd Wright used his first home to experiment with design concepts that contain the seeds of his architectural philosophy? Well you would if you took this tour. It’s also a great way to see a different part of the city.
4) Cloud Gate, a.k.a. THE BEAN
Just plain cool. Plan on spending more time then you would think. Best to go early and avoid the crowds.
5) Sky deck at the Willis Tower
Needless to say, sitting in a glass box that sticks off the side of a building 412 meters high (1,353 ft. for imperialist readers) isn’t for the feint of heart.
For those who enjoy shopping, or if you’re looking for a high-end restaurant, you can check out the Magnificent Mile.
Done any of these things? Use the comments below if you have anything to add.