Chicago… this city gives me a reminiscence of all the visits I have made here – with my family, as a student, as an employee representing a big company, and as a couple. This story focuses on the trip Abhi and I made around the city as an extension of my work trip. Both of us have our individual memories of Chicago from our younger-years. This trip was memorable given that both of us were now living the city as a couple!
Strolling by the River
While you are in this charming city, you must not miss the walk that through the coast of the long Chicago River. The River Esplanade is a long boardwalk along this emerald-colored water body and it is an absolute peace to do a leisure wander around in this area. If you’re an aqua view lover, the best way to experience this is to pick out a hotel that is along the esplanade or the river-walk. Our favorite here is the Sheraton Grand Chicago, for two reasons – one that the river view rooms are just fab! And two that it is a healthy walk to Navy Pier, the action dock of the city!
Kuikawa Travel Tip:
When in Chicago, never ever forget to carry layers of clothing. The city is known for its nasty winds that can change their temperature regulators anytime 😉
If you get super tired of walking, jogging, or running on this stretch do try one of the fun-looking boat rides on the river. It usually lasts no more than an hour and has a fresh-feel to it. Not sure if it is the weather, the water, or just the music on the deck that makes it so cool and attractive!
Of the Towers & Townscape… and some Chicago Blues!
While in this tinsel town, you can find yourself in a maze of buildings. It might not look that great from down-up, so our recommendation is to see it from up-down. And the best way to do this is book yourself for a meal at The Signature Room on 95th floor of the John Hancock Tower. They have amazing food and the view makes up for the minimum spend of US$100 per person… totally worth it.
Kuikawa Fun Fact:
The Skydeck of Hancock Tower has a bar on the 96th floor where you can wait till the window side table is available. If you plan to grab a drink in this bar, please stay away from the Godiva cocktail. The tipsy feeling lasts for over 12 hours and the whole idea of enjoying the ‘meal with a view’ gets ruined (experience is speaking!) 😛
If you want to get to Chicago just for the blues, plan a visit in June and the city’s Blues Fest won’t disappoint you. The festival takes place in the Millennium Park in heart of the city during the second weekend of June, and showcases the who’s who of Blue genre. Moreover, the entry is free. Surely, the thrill won’t be gone!
Chicago needs more than one blog post to do true justice to it’s energy and excitement… I’ll leave this post here with a promise to write another one… and that will be… only after my next visit 🙂