Attitude Magazine features The Magnificent Mile Along with Association Members
[...] Situated on the shores of the almost impossibly turquoise Lake Michigan, fringed with 18 miles of gorgeous man-made beaches, Chicago is a much more pleasant city to visit than New York. It’s better maintained and feels less claustrophobic than Manhattan; the skyscrapers here are built in the
occasional cluster rather than towering over you from every direction.
It’s also much quieter than NYC, with a slower pace of life. On my first day, I went for a stroll along the shores of the lake, the only sound that of the occasional runner bounding past or the boats bobbing on the water. But be warned: although parks here are pretty, they’re not places for reflection; a walk in the park in Chicago is a bracing experience as you’re buffeted by the wind that gives the city its nickname.
Back on street level, Chicago’s well known for its excellent Art Institute, but I paid a visit to its recently unveiled American Writers Museum. Here, interactive displays showcase the work of many of the most celebrated American writers but there are also song lyrics, cookbooks, stand-up comedy scripts and sports writing. You can even examine the sprawling manuscript scroll on which (the surprisingly hot) Jack Kerouac wrote On the Road, and a “word waterfall” explores authors’ ideas about what it means to be American.
Another highlight was the Architecture River Cruise. A boat rather camply titled The First Lady transported us up and down the quiet and strikingly clean river, as a guide gave us a fascinating history of the city and talked us through the stories behind several of its most attention- grabbing buildings. My favourites were the Tribune Tower, a neo-Gothic structure that looks like a European cathedral, and the London Guarantee.
If you’re not a lover of boats, stroll around the streets of Chicago and allow yourself to be charmed. Check out The Magnificent Mile for some great shopping, do as the locals do and “take the L” (the public transport system that’s raised from street level on a famous loop), and treat yourself to tickets to a show on Chicago’s thriving theatre scene.