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City Spotlight: Chicago - Something For Everyone

Posted By Pam Hulvey BA, CRA, Thursday, July 3, 2014
Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
For any first timer to Chicago, Millennium Park is a must. Visit the sculpture
Cloud Gate, everyone in Chicago calls it “The Bean”. The reflective properties of liquid mercury inspired this sculpture. The reflection of the Chicago skyline is

For those who want a little more of an adventure, visit the sky deck at Willis Tower 
(Chicagoans still refer to this building by its original name, Sears Tower). You can now walk out onto a glass ledge that is 3 inches thick and it feels like you are floating above Chicago’s city streets.  Check out this video here:

Anyone interested in weird theatre, Blue Man Group will leave you in awe and laughing.  Located at the Brian Street Theatre, in Boys Town, this is an experience like no other.  
You will be amazed by the creativity, weird talent, music, and performance art.

For even more artsy experiences visit the Flat Iron Building where many of Chicago’s 
emerging artists have their live- in art studio spaces. On Saturdays some of the studios are open to the public. Across from the Flat Iron Building in Wicker Park is the Double Door where you can enjoy live music and lots of dancing. Piece Pizza and Brewery is a short distance away. One of the musicians from the 70’s rock band Cheap Trick is the owner of this restaurant. There is a live band every Saturday at 11pm. 

For a fun concert experience visit the House of Blues. The decorations alone are worth 
the visit. The House of Blues is located below Marina Towers (the buildings that looks like hair curlers) next to the Chicago River. 

If you travel further north to the Andersonville neighborhood you can enjoy Hopleaf, 
a bar featuring hundreds of unique beers and good food. Up the street is Svea, a place to eat delicious authentic Swedish food. They are open for breakfast and lunch. Also in the same neighborhood is Kopi Café. This is a hippie coffee house that serves vegetarian food. Come and sit on the floor on pillows in the front window while you sip on delicious coffee. They also serve beer and wine and they are open in the evening. If you enjoy curiosity thrift stores, stop by the Wooly Mammoth. This store is filled with ever changing bizarre vintage merchandise. This is the perfect store for an ophthalmic photographer. 

Pam Hulvey BA, CRA
Loyola University Medical Center
Chicago, IL

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