Christian Stan, at 24 Jun. 17, in News, Where to go next

Chicago is the city that gave the world the skyscraper, and its architectural, cultural and culinary ambition continues to soar. This is the second biggest business, financial and cultural centre in the US – after New York – and one of the country’s music capitals, with a proliferation of jazz, blues and gospel clubs.

Day 1

Breakfast of Champions. Locally sourced ingredients and an elegant atmosphere in a beautifully restored historic building consistently put Atwood Café on local and national best-of lists.

Lofty Goals. The former Sears Tower is still just as tall under the Willis name. Its famous Skydeck offers views that span across four states, and The Ledge gives visitors the opportunity to step out into thin air: 1,353 thrilling feet above Chicago.

King of Clubs. Michigan Avenue restaurant Seven Lions elevates familiar ingredients with creative preparations; the Eggplant Muffaletta is proof positive that vegetarian dishes can be hale and hearty.

Modern Masters. If you don’t have a full day to spend at the Art Institute of Chicago, we recommend choosing one or two prime exhibitions (the Modern Collection is among the world’s best).

Skyline School. Hands-down, the most enjoyable way to learn about Chicago’s storied skyline: by boat! Cruise the Chicago River with architectural experts from Chicago’s First Lady, Chicago Line Cruises or Wendella Sightseeing Boats for a uniquely immersive view of the city.

The Magnificent Mile. Work up an appetite at flagship stores from covetable brands like Alice + Olivia, Tory Burch and Uniqlo on Chicago’s famed shopping district.

Rare Delights. A visit wouldn’t be complete without a steak dinner; buzzy new players on the scene include Prime & Provisions, Swift & Sons and Maple & Ash.

Blue Notes. Voted Best Blues Club by CitySearch every year since 2005, Buddy Guy’s Legends has hosted some of the greatest musicians in the world including Eric Clapton and the Rolling Stones.

Crafty Pints. Dip into Chicago’s booming craft beer scene at Revolution Brewing, a Logan Square neighborhood instution.

Day 2

Sunny Side Up. Start your day with breakfast at Yolk in the South Loop, with seasonal crêpes and French toast.

Culture Stock. The waterfront Museum Campus has something for everyone: Adler Planetarium, The Field Museum and Shedd Aquarium all linked by sprawling and inviting landscaped grounds.

Cruiser Control. Grab some wheels at a Divvy bike sharing station, with pickup and dropoff locations all over the city, for a self-guided Lakefront Trail ride. Don’t miss the quintessential Chicago photo op at Buckingham Fountain.

Landmark Lunch. Currently celebrating its centennial with a new 200-foot Ferris wheel, Navy Pier is the perfect place to break for lunch. Grab a slice or two of Giordano’s famous stuffed deep dish pizza.


Beach Break. Keep cruising north along the lakefront path to Oak Street Beach for a relaxing afternoon in the Midwestern sun.

POTUS-Approved Eats. Treat yourself to artisan Italian at Spiaggia — one of President Obama’s favorite spots — where just about everything on the menu is incredible.

Tune In. Swing by Millennium Park to see the famous Cloud Gate sculpture by Anish Kapoor, commonly referred to as “The Bean,” twinkling with city lights — you might even catch a free al fresco concert or movie at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion.

Starry Sojourn. End your evening with a night-sky nightcap on the third floor of Loews Chicago, where Streeterville Social boasts the city’s largest terrace.

NOTE: We would like to thank for the support of our attendance to IPW 2017  to the US Embassy in Bucharest, US Commercial Service.

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