Chicago in six stops

More than the sum of its deep-dish pizza, this mid­west­ern city has cul­ture in spades, dis­cov­ers Blos­som Green

Food and Travel (UK) - - Arrivals -

1 Pot­ter along the banks of Lake Michi­gan to Grant and Mil­len­nium Parks, where you’ll find Anish Kapoor’s iconic bean-like sculp­ture Cloud Gate amid au­tum­nal gar­dens. The Art In­sti­tute of 2 Chicago and The Field Mu­seum are nearby. Laugh your jet lag away and catch one the city’s leg­endary im­prov shows at The Sec­ond City, where the likes of Bill Mur­ray have graced the stage. Then head to Chicago Blues for a night­cap; the venue cap­tures the spirit of the 1920s mu­sic scene. sec­ond­c­ chicagob­lues­

3 Stag­ger­ing cityscapes come as stan­dard here but two sky­scrapers of­fer dis­tinct view­ing ex­pe­ri­ences. Book ahead to skip the queue at The Ledge in Willis Tower – the sec­ond tallest build­ing in the US. Or try the John Han­cock Build­ing for an ob­ser­va­tion deck that tilts 30de­grees above Michi­gan4 Ave. thesky­ Open House Chicago (14-15 Oc­to­ber) gives you ac­cess to some di­verse hid­den gems across 200 cool lo­ca­tions. Ex­pect to delve be­hind the doors of man­sions, churches, pri­vate clubs, unique of­fice spa­ces and the­atres all over Chicago. It’s a su­perb way to get a sense of the city, and bet­ter still, it’s free. open­house­

5 Think Chicago, think deep-dish pizza, right? Sure, grab a slice (try Pe­quod’s in Lin­coln Park), but don’t limit your­self. The West Loop area heaves with on-trend restau­rants like Girl & the Goat, Grace and Ori­ole, deli-style West Loop Sa­lumi 6and CH Dis­tillery, a pi­o­neer in lo­cal vok­das and gins. Bed down at Ace Chicago, the new­est ho­tel in town. It’s housed in an in­dus­trial con­crete and glass ware­house and bed­rooms are up-to-date and com­fort­able. Al­ter­na­tively, Soho House of­fers the fa­mil­iar warmth you get from stay­ing at your stylish friend’s city apart­ment. ace­ho­ so­ho­

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