Friday, July 24, 2015

Chicago (Photo: Thinkstock)Fringed by Lake Michigan, Chicago bats in a
league all its own.
Days are enjoyed by dining al fresco, hitting up the beaches that stretch
along the lake, getting out on the water, taking in a free movie at the park,
and attending the endless street festivals that pop up around the city.
Here’s the perfect day in Chicago.
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TownsWhere to Stay: Located in just beside the famous Magnificent Mile
and down the street from Oak Street Beach, the Waldorf Astoria offers luxury
in the heart of the city.
Rooms here are equipped with a fireplace (pretty in the summer, cozy in the
winter), balconies, and a palatial shower area.
(Save some time to visit the spa, the cherry on top of an excellent stay.
)Spend your morning walking along the lakefront path, starting at Oak Street
Beach and meandering your way about, soaking in what it is people love about
Chicago.
Then head to The Little Goat, a big diner that serves a mighty feed.
Owned by Stephanie Izard of Girl & The Goat, this year-round hot spot
draws locals and tourists in by the masses, especially in summer when outdoor
seating is available.
The menu is as extensive as it is creative: You’ll find common
breakfast staples, like chocolate pancakes and omelets, as well as playful
dishes like the Fat Elvis Waffles or The Little Piggy Went to China (eggs with
Szechuan pork sausage).
The diner is also home to a cafe and bakery that produces all its breads and
other pastries in-house.
Photo: Castaways Chicago Next, jump in a cab to North Avenue Beach
where you’ll think you’ve been magically transported to the West
Coast.
All signs here point toward the perfect seaside summer: a running path that
becomes an expressway of bikers, joggers, rollerbladers, and everything in
between; Castaway’s Beach Bar, said to be a favorite of Vince Vaughn,
housed in a building inspired by a blue and white ocean liner; volleyball
courts; bikini- and boardie-clad bodies taking some sun; and the waters of
Lake Michigan so clear and blue, they rival the most luminous colors of the
Pacific.
Test your balance and agility by going paddle boarding, as the lake’s
calm surface is perfect for beginners and experienced alike.
SUP Chicago offers lesson, rentals and even SUP Yoga (did someone say SUPYO?)
every day.
Don’t miss the spectacular view of Chicago’s skyline, located
just around the bend from the SUP beachfront office.
  The Chicago skyline sure does put on a pretty show.
(Photo: Alexandra E.
Petri)Make your way to the Lincoln Park neighborhood to recharge your
batteries for a relaxing lunch.
Life takes place outdoors from May through September, and al fresco dining is
the quintessential Chicago experience.
Snag a patio table at Perennial Virant, a restaurant that celebrates local
produce and ingredients with its farm-to-table philosophy.
Attached to the restaurant is Hotel Lincoln, where inside you can find the
charming Elaine’s Coffee Call.
Wander up to the rooftop for the chilled out J.
Parker bar that attracts a good crowd and offers magnificent views of the
city, the park and Lake Michigan just beyond it.
Want to learn to take in a bit of the city’s history? You can do so by
getting out on the water.
Take a cruise along the Chicago River to learn about the Windy City and its
architecture with the Chicago Architecture Foundation.
Tours last 90 minutes, and tickets, which run about $40 per person pre-tax,
can be booked in advance online.
Next stop, the Navy Pier to ride the Ferris wheel, a landmark and a cultural
pilgrimage that can be likened to riding Coney Island’s famous Cyclone.
Though not nearly as old (or rickety), the Ferris wheel was built to resemble
the first of its kind, introduced at the 1893 World Columbian Exposition Board
in Chicago.
Board one of the 40 gondolas that soar 150 feet into the air to take your
love of Chicago’s beauty to new heights.
According to recent reports, the city is planning to build a new, bigger
Ferris wheel come September that will be at least 50 feet taller than the
current one.
Tickets are available for purchase online now through September 27.
Related: We Lie to Your Kids and Other Confessions of an Amusement Park
EmployeeTake it down a notch and grab a drink and some pre-dinner nibbles at
ROOF, the super cool lounge-style bar atop theWit, a Doubletree by
Hilton Hotel.
The cocktails here are delicious and refreshing.
Photo: Intro Some of the country’s best restaurants call
Chicago home, and you can find cuisine from every corner of the globe mixing
up the dining scene here.
Newly-opened Intro restaurant is turning heads with the innovative concept
behind it.
Rising chefs from around the country take the helm every few months,
introducing their own set-course menus and creating a design and a even
playlist reflective of their tastes and styles.
(Intro kicked off its career with L.
A.
chef C.
J.
Jacobson before changing hands over to Erik Anderson, who will depart from
the restaurant July 25.
)Now the night can really start.
Bars are aplenty in Chicago, so the only problem you’ll have is
choosing one.
Over in the bohemian Logan Square, Scofflaw has long been a favorite for its
tasty cocktails that pay homage to gin.
Barrelhouse Flat, The Aviary and The Violet Hour are
also all loved not only for their drinks but for the undeniably cool
patrons that gather here.
Beers more your thing? Fountainhead and Map Room boast enough varieties to
last a lifetime.
 Related: Pig Blood, Avocados, Irish Moss: The Strange Ingredients
of Summer’s Tastiest CocktailsFinish your night at none other than the
Wiener Circle for a hot dog with a side angry banter from the notoriously
rude, profane and ill-tempered staff.
The dogs are worth it, and so is the rite-of-passage experience.
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" Here's the perfect day in Chicago.
.
The Chicago skyline sure does put on a pretty show.
(Photo: Alexandra E.
Petri)Make your way to the Lincoln Park neighborhood to recharge your
batteries for a relaxing lunch.
Life takes place outdoors from May through September, and al fresco dining is
the quintessential Chicago experience.
Snag a patio table at Perennial Virant, a restaurant that celebrates local
produce and ingredients with its farm-to-table philosophy.
Attached to the restaurant is Hotel Lincoln, where inside you can find the
charming Elaine’s Coffee Call.
Wander up to the rooftop for the chilled out J.
Parker bar that attracts a good crowd and offers magnificent views of the
city, the park and Lake Michigan just beyond it.
Want to learn to take in a bit of the city’s history? You can do so by
getting out on the water.
Take a cruise along the Chicago River to learn about the Windy City and its
architecture with the Chicago Architecture Foundation.
Tours last 90 minutes, and tickets, which run about $40 per person pre-tax,
can be booked in advance online.
Next stop, the Navy Pier to ride the Ferris wheel, a landmark and a cultural
pilgrimage that can be likened to riding Coney Island’s famous Cyclone.
Though not nearly as old (or rickety), the Ferris wheel was built to resemble
the first of its kind, introduced at the 1893 World Columbian Exposition Board
in Chicago.
Board one of the 40 gondolas that soar 150 feet into the air to take your
love of Chicago’s beauty to new heights.
According to recent reports, the city is planning to build a new, bigger
Ferris wheel come September that will be at least 50 feet taller than the
current one.
Tickets are available for purchase online now through September 27.
Related: We Lie to Your Kids and Other Confessions of an Amusement Park
EmployeeTake it down a notch and grab a drink and some pre-dinner nibbles at
ROOF, the super cool lounge-style bar atop theWit, a Doubletree by
Hilton Hotel.
The cocktails here are delicious and refreshing.
Photo: Intro Some of the country’s best restaurants call
Chicago home, and you can find cuisine from every corner of the globe mixing
up the dining scene here.
Newly-opened Intro restaurant is turning heads with the innovative concept
behind it.
Rising chefs from around the country take the helm every few months,
introducing their own set-course menus and creating a design and a even
playlist reflective of their tastes and styles.
(Intro kicked off its career with L.
A.
chef C.
J.
Jacobson before changing hands over to Erik Anderson, who will depart from
the restaurant July 25.
)Now the night can really start.
Bars are aplenty in Chicago, so the only problem you’ll have is
choosing one.
Over in the bohemian Logan Square, Scofflaw has long been a favorite for its
tasty cocktails that pay homage to gin.
Barrelhouse Flat, The Aviary and The Violet Hour are
also all loved not only for their drinks but for the undeniably cool
patrons that gather here.
Beers more your thing? Fountainhead and Map Room boast enough varieties to
last a lifetime.
 Related: Pig Blood, Avocados, Irish Moss: The Strange Ingredients
of Summer’s Tastiest CocktailsFinish your night at none other than the
Wiener Circle for a hot dog with a side angry banter from the notoriously
rude, profane and ill-tempered staff.
The dogs are worth it, and so is the rite-of-passage experience.
WATCH: 2 Miami Dives Every Foodie Is Obsessed With Let World traveling club
Travel inspire you every day.
 Watch World traveling club Travel’s original series "A Broad
Abroad.
" Here's the perfect day in Chicago.

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