Sunday, November 3, 2013

Favorite Places in Chicago

Every year around this time, I start to think about some new and different things I want to do with this blog over the coming year. One thing I really want to start doing is highlighting some of my favorite places and things to do around Detroit and the rest of Michigan. But along with that, I also would like to highlight some of your favorite things around your hometowns or favorite travel spots. Recently I've been in contact with Kendra Thornton, Chicago resident and former travel writer, who wanted to share a few of her favorite things about her city. I thought this would be a great way to introduce this new feature/topic. So without further ado, here's a quick roundup of her favorite things about the Windy City.


Shopping
If you like to shop, you'll love the Magnificent Mile, a world-class shopping district in downtown Chicago. This mile-long stretch of eye-popping window displays and stores, ranging from apparel to jewelry, and luxury to automotive, feeds every type of shopping hunger possible. Special times such as the Lights Festival in November and the Shopping Festival in September make the Magnificent Mile that much more special. Shopping in this Windy City favorite during the holidays will blow your mind away.

The Great Outdoors 
Coined as Chicago's "front yard," Grant Park is over 300 acres of outdoor beauty. Want cool architecture? Check out the world famous Grant Park centerpiece in the Buckingham Fountain, or the sculpture Cloud Gate. Want fun in the sun? Enjoy numerous sports with its skate park, fitness centers, and outdoor concert halls. Interested in something more social? Participate in the numerous events such as the Taste of Chicago. Simply looking to hang out? Enjoy the shade along the lakeshore while viewing the incredible skyline.

Soaking In the City
A walk around downtown Chicago yields entertainment and diversity, even in the places to lay down your head. If ever in Chicago, do yourself a favor and research options ahead of time on a site like gogobot so you can stay within the thriving city. Regardless of your style or pocketbook, Chicago offers unique hotel options. Go expensive and experience Chicago’s past.

Food Options 
There are tons of different food places to enjoy throughout the city, with something bound to appeal to everyone’s taste buds. One of my favorite places to grab a bite for lunch is at RL. This is the official restaurant of Ralph Lauren, and is adjacent to the world’s largest Polo store on E. Chicago Avenue. During the wintertime, I love to come here for a grilled cheese sandwich and hot tomato soup!

As someone who used to live in Chicago, it was really fun to read through Kendra's roundup and reminisce about all of these great places. But it also reminded me just how different Detroit is in all of these areas. We don't have a massive shopping area like the Magnificent Mile, but we do have some really cute local shops featuring independent designers. We don't have a Grant Park, but we do have some smaller parks and outdoor areas around the city and its suburbs. We have delicious brunch places and neat museums and events. Over the next year, I'm going to go over a lot of these categories in more detail. But I'd also love to hear from you. If you have a favorite spot in your hometown or just want to write about it in general, I'd love to feature you in a post. Just send an email to wattlebirddesigns at gmail dot com and we can go over some ideas! And thanks so much to Kendra for sharing all about Chicago!

1 comment :

  1. I love travel guide-type lists from locals. They always know the best spots! I really need to do this with Pittsburgh - there's so much to do here!

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