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Top Chicago Must-See List

This post is part of a series of posts that highlight some of the fun and inexpensive ways to explore your metropolis and absorb a bit of culture in the process. Although these activities are specific to Chicago, it will give you some great ideas of what to look out for in your own city.

So you are unemployed, you are a recent graduate with no cash flow or you have a job but no money because you are saving as much as possible in the event of the L-word (layoffs) infects your company. You’ve made a budget, and you are sticking to it. Times are tough, but that does not mean you can’t have fun this summer. You don’t have to sit at home worried about spending money. Plan your staycation and see the sights of Chicagoland!

So this is my second post about some really awesome things to check out in Chicago. All the information has been condensed, as I encountered writer’s distraught – condition not quite as disabilitating as writer’s block. I was inspired to pass along the major details in list form so that you, too, may have exciting Chicago adventures. I hope these attractions inspire you and brighten your day. Thank you for reading!

Gwynne’s Top 10 Chicago Must-See List

  1. The Edge at the Willis (Sears) Tower: Where else can you look down 103 floors?
  2. The Signature Lounge at the John Hancock Tower: For the price of a cocktail you get more than amazing views.
  3. The Lincoln Park Zoo: What can I say? As one of the nation’s oldest zoos, it made the list because it was the place where my siblings first saw cows. Be sure to check out the pacing leopard.
  4. Escape the busy metropolis in a foliage-filled sanctuary: The Lincoln Park Conservatory, The Garfield Conservatory, The Alfred Caldwell Lily Pond.
  5. Cheer on the home team at a sporting event: Whether it be da Cubs, da Bears or da Blackhawks, it’s Chicago, and we’re all about supporting our teams.
  6. Free days at the museum: The Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum and the Adler Planetarium all offer free days throughout the year. During the summer Tuesdays are free at the Museum of Contemporary Art and enjoy alfresco jazz on the terrace.
  7. Neighborhood tours: Whether you use the Chicago Greeter service or grab a tour book and set out on your own, it is about time you learned a bit about a new culture. Did you know that Chicago’s Chinatown has one of only a handful of replicas of the Nine Dragon Wall in Beijing’s Forbidden City? 
  8. The Loop: Buckingham Fountain, Shopping, Millennium Park and the Art Institute of Chicago: Target has been a lovely sponsor this summer – Thursdays and Friday evenings are FREE at the AIC and all sorts of music is offered at various times.
  9. Chicago Museum of History: Free Mondays. History of Chicago. It’s best to know where you came from to know where you’re going.
  10. Bakeries and local restaurants: Check them out! It’s imperative that you understand the inter-workings of your neighborhood.

Cheers, G

August 26, 2009 at 12:30 pm 2 comments

Monday Summer Fun in Chicago – DAY 1

This post is part of a series of posts that highlight some of the fun and inexpensive ways to explore your metropolis and absorb a bit of culture in the process. Although these activities are specific to Chicago, it will give you some great ideas of what to look out for in your own city.

So you are unemployed, you are a recent graduate with no cash flow or you have a job but no money because you are saving as much as possible in the event of the L-word (layoffs) infects your company. You’ve made a budget, and you are sticking to it. Times are tough, but that does not mean you can’t have fun this summer. You don’t have to sit at home worried about spending money. Plan your staycation and see the sights of Chicagoland!

 

Chicago History Museum

Chicago History Museum

 It’s Monday – the start of the work week. Take a break and discover the Chicago History Museum . Located in the southern tip of Lincoln Park, the museum is free on Mondays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

It is a great place to take a break from life’s realities and delve into the past. Be sure to scope out the museum’s collection of dioramas depicting Chicago’s history from the first settlements to the Great Chicago Fire and the World’s Colombian Exposition of 1893. Chicago: Crossroads of America is part of the museum’s permanent collection provides a composite of Chicago’s history through Fort Dearborn, “L” Cars, skyscrapers and jazz clubs.

Feature exhibitions focus on some of the glitz and glamour of Chicago. Visit out the exhibit dedicated to Bertha Honoré Palmer , one of the most powerful women in 19th century Chicago society. Fashionistas don’t miss out on Chic Chicago! The exhibit, which runs through July 26th, highlights the couture garments worn by Chicago’s most stylish women dating back to 1861.

The Chicago History Museum is a cultural gem. Top-notch exhibits and easy access via public transit make it worth the trip. Additionally, it’s prime location in Lincoln Park makes it easy to supplement the day’s activities to include a leisure day at North Avenue Beach or relaxing in the green space of the park.

Chicago History Museum
1601 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614
312-642-4600

If you are the downtown working type, you can still take pleasure in the start of the week. Stop by Millennium Park on Monday evenings to discover new music with Chicagoans and visitors alike. The Mondays in the Park music series features free concerts at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion throughout the summer. The next Mondays In the Park concert will be held August 10. Visit www.millenniumpark.org for more information on the Mondays in the Park music series, as well as the Dusk Variations series and the Edible Audible Picnic series.

Get out there! Enjoy life!

Cheers,

G

July 20, 2009 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

In Response to Responsibility

My first attempt at a real live blog, though much delayed, is bound to be interesting. The focus of this blog is culture, public relations and social media.

As a 23-year-old recent college graduate, I am still pinpointing my cultural identity. While I revel in the strategery of public relations and seek out the newest social media, I am passionate about culture. I want to be absorbed in culture. A natural people watcher, I am inspired by my surroundings – the people, the sights, the sounds, the weather – and reflect how my experiences will somehow impact my life.

After losing all (and I mean all) of my hobbies during college, “the real world” left me soul searching. I packed up my life and moved to Chicago, where I had accepted a PR internship. Responsibility set in, and I made the easy decision to pursue more than just a career. I wanted a life outside of work, but what should it be filled with? So begins my blog exploration: I am a food snob, a cultural thrill seeker and a public relations professional. Welcome to my blog! I thrive on pressure and am guided by feedback, so please share your comments and opinions.

Cheers, G

June 3, 2009 at 7:13 pm Leave a comment


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