I LOVE CHICAGO
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Sure I love other cities too.
New York (I’m a native New Yorker) ; Venice (my adopted
2nd home), Paris (who doesn’t love Paris), London for stimulating
But to my prejudiced mind, Chicago trumps all of my favorite
cities in a lot of categories.
have the centuries old monumental buildings of Venice, Paris or
Chicago dazzles with its buildings dating from
the 19th century right up to today’s towering skyscrapers
that deliver innovative architectural style. There’s more
to endear Chicago’s architecture to the world. To me a
large part of Chicago’s charm is the history and fascinating
stories behind their architectural treasures.
Many of the world’s greatest architects worked
here. Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Rohe’s work in the
Chicago area is legendary. Add Richardson, Burnham, and Sullivan
to that celebrity architect list and you come up with fascinating
PUBLIC ART… world class collection of
public art on display in the Loop. Chicago’s public art is
second to none. Picasso, Calder, Chagall, Henry Moore, Miro, Dubuffet,
Nevelson works grace the streets of the Loop…
Michigan…18 miles of lakefront for strolling, bicycling,
relaxing on one of its beaches. Only a few cities have beaches
right in the city.
FOOD…delicious and innovative. I was very
impressed with the wait staffs familiarity with every part of their
menu. They described ingredients and dishes with knowledge and
enthusiasm. I also liked twists Chicago chefs gave to some favorites. Spicy
Steak Tartare at Publican garnished with a soft hard-boiled egg,
radishes and cucumbers, topped off with a Belgian beer. The
Chicago hot dog embellished with tomatoes, pickles, jalapeno
peppers was surprisingly delicious from Wiener Circle. A
perfect guacamole and crispy tortilla chips at Rick Baylis’ Topolobampo;
lobster pizza at Blue13. And perhaps the best surprise of an
eating week-end, an amazing palate cleanser that bursts in your
mouth at Avenues. On the menu, this interlude is called Sudachi
togarashi, Japanese inspired.
4 days, 4 nights (5th day, before you leave for home,
we recommend you spend part of your day at the Museum
Campus with several world class museums clustered close together.
Day 1… Wednesday…Arrive in Chicago
check into our boutique hotel with a great location close to the
Miracle Mile and Oak Beach. Afternoon Art Tour in the Loop, a walking
tour focusing on the public art from world renowned artists including
Picasso and Henry Moore.
Millennium Park…In July, we visit the Frank Gehry
designed Jay Pritzker Pavillion for a rehearsal of the Grant
Park Orchestra and Chorus.
Two other favorites in the Park designed with wit
The Crown Fountain feaures 2 Towers with cascading water
that entices kids to romp through the water with giggles and
joy. A face on one of the towers (see photo) spits out a stream
of water occasionally.
Another show stopper: The Cloud Gate, an elliptical sculpture
made of highly polished steel that reflects skyline and people.
You have to see this and marvel at its originality.
In October, there are different things to appreciate
in Millennium Park.
Chicago Art Institute, end the busy afternoon,
with a visit on your own. See what you want at the museum pace
Evening…Dinner at Publican, trendy interesting
restaurant with what I call the Chicago Vibe.
Bus Tour… a perfect
highlight tour that combines Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House; a few skyscrapers in
the Loop with the Rookery, my favorite; a brief Mies van der
Rohe overview and drive by President Obama’s house.
Lunch with a view: Enjoy stunning views of Chicago
from the John Hancock building’s 95th floor as you relax
over casual lunch.
3pm: Glessner House on Prarie Avenue, a unique
street that was the home of Chicago scions including Marshall Field,
Philip Armour and George Pullman. Henry Hobson Richardson
was the architect that designed the fortress like home of John
and Frances Glessner around 1885 Tour of the house interiors gives
us insight into this tumultuous era of Chicago’s wealthiest.
Evening…early dinner and concert of the
renowned Chicago Symphony or a hands-on cooking class with dinner.
You choose. The cooking school has an interesting mix of classes:
favorite Julia Child recipes or cupcakes or grains plus others.
Schedule available when you book your tour.
Morning: Architecture Chicago River Cruise…glide
by about 50 of Chicago’s most notable buildings
including the Sears Tower and the Merchandise Mart.
Excellent narrative. See how Chicago has evolved
during what is probably the most popular tourist
tour in the city.
Lunch… Chicago’s neighborhoods are a must
see. Our first neighborhood jaunt is a Food Tour to
the Gold Coast, Old Town and Lincoln Park. We will sample
some of Chicago’s best tastes. 7 stops including a Jewish
deli, Chicago pizza, a Polish bakery and chocolates, enough
bites for lunch on-the-go.
Free time to walk the Miracle Mile with a stop a Macy’s
(the former Marshall Field’s) to see its famous Tiffany
domed atrium and soda fountain and perhaps shop a little. Free
facials on Wednesday and Thursday with a reservation.
Late afternoon…Spa visit and your chance
to see the Trump International Hotel & Tower, one of Chicago’s
most imposing new buildings with a top spa rating. Enjoy a
manicure and pedicure or add to your $100 credit for a facial or
Dinner…at the Peninsula Hotel, in one
of its casual restaurants, followed by over-the-top dessert at
its lobby Choco Bar, a sumptuous buffet of chocolate treats. As
you indulge all your chocoholic fantasies, you’ll be lulled
by piano music. A fitting ending to a dessert luxury
11:30 am: Another neighborhood stroll: a 4 hour
shopping walk that takes us through one of Chicago’s neighborhoods
and the chance to see some of its trendiest boutiques. You don’t
have to buy to enjoy this insider’s look at the workings
of the neighborhood.
Dinner: An optional Indian Vegetarian Cooking
class with Ranjana in her lovely home on the south side of Chicago
($80). This school gets rave reviews. If you choose
not to take the cooking class, dinner on your own at one
of our highly recommended restaurants.
Day 5…Leave for home or stay on for more
Schedule subject to changes. Events may be moved to different
days to reflect better use of our time and/or changes made by
Cost: $2500 includes 4 night
hotel, single occupancy; no single supplement. 2 lunches (neighborhood
food tour and John Hancock), 2 dinners (cooking class & Peninsula
Hotel with chocolate dessert buffet); all tours mentioned in
Not included: airfare from your home city, airport
transfers, breakfast, lunch and dinners not mentioned above, alcoholic
beverages, personal expenses. Indian cooking class.
Price confirmed when you book. Hotels in the United States,
like airlines, change their rates almost daily.
Minimum number of participants: 6