If you’re moving to Chicago you should know a few things. Like, it’s not called the Windy City because of the weather, the pizza is deep and the 1986 Bears are the best team in all of sports. Whether you are someone moving from not to far away or moving here from across the world Chicago is a big city with plenty of things to see, do and experience. Here is few things to look forward to when moving to the Windy City.
Off The Beaten Path
Da Comedy. Before they were the Bill Swerski’s Superfans on Saturday Night Live, comedians like Mike Meyers, Chris Farley, George Wendt and Dan Aykord were members of Second City. Second City has been a mecca for comedy for decades. Check out various shows and some of the best comedy theater Chicago has to offer.
Fresh from the Farm. Just because you are in the city doesn’t mean you have to get your produce from the grocery store. Chicago year-round has city and farmer markets to visit. Schedule could be found here.
Year around festivals. A little snow on the ground doesn’t stop Chicago from having a food or drink festival. During the summer months there is countless street festivals, “The Taste” being the biggest however, you can always go to Taste of Greektown, Fulton Market Harvest Fest, Do Division and countless others throughout the year.
Chicago isn’t just a big city, it’s a food city. There is more to eat than just pizza. We’re a culinary hotspot with something for everyone.
City of Big Shoulders & Big Beef. If you truly want to eat like a Chicagoan one of the first places you have to eat is Portillo’s. It looks like a normal hot dog joint full of American cuisine, however Portillo’s is a Chicago staple. While a Chicago hotdog is a Chicago icon, Portillo’s beef sandwiches are the true shinning star on their menu. Make you get it dipped for the full Big Beef experience.
How deep is your pizza? In Chicago very deep. People get very passionate about their favorite place to get deep dish. Lou Malnati’s, Giordano’s, Gino’s East, and Pizzeria Uno all claim to be the “first” to make deep dish the popular Chicago food it is today. It’s up to you to decide who you like the best. We’re trying to remain neutral. (even though Lou’s is the best)
However, if deep dish isn’t your thing you can find good flat crust pizza joints all over the city like Pizano’s or Home Run Inn, and if that isn’t to your liking you can always try a pizza pot pie at Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Co.
Chicago really has something for everyone, so if the popular Chicago hot spots for food or drinks isn’t for you can always find a place perfect for your wants and needs. Half the fun of living in Chicago is discovering new spots and making it your own.
Chicago created modern shopping. The major shopping street in Chicago for decades was actually State Street and Michigan Avenue/The Mag Mile only got its shopping fame in the 1950’s. Chicago was one of the first places in the country to introduce “no questions asked” return policies and home to one of the first department stores in the country, Marshall Field & Company. The Magnificent Mile, which is actually only .7 of a mile, is a great place to go shopping for the most popular brands in the world. However, if you’ve lived in the city for just a short while you’ll realize that maybe going to one of the biggest shopping streets in the city isn’t the best place to go shopping all the time.
Go Outside of the major retailer bubble. You can find independently owned shops throughout the city. All along Armitage Avenue in Lincoln Park you can find boutiques like Art Effect for home decor and All She Wrote for stationary and paper goods. Milwaukee Avenue, running through Wicker Park and Bucktown have endless stores to check out. Every neighborhood in the city has their own street that has plenty of stores to choose from for all your shopping needs.
Walking throughout the city you can’t help but notice how beautiful it is no matter the weather. A lot of people are also shocked at how much recreational space Chicago has near the lakefront. Green spaces like Grant Park were protected by people that saw the importance of parks in a busy metropolis. Chicagoans from past and present still protect their public park space and has become a thing of pride.
Bike the Boulevards. If you didn’t know, all the big parks of Chicago like Humboldt Park, Garfield Park or Jackson Park, are all interconnected thought the city by a boulevard system. So enjoy a ride around the boulevards to see the best parks the city has to offer.
Never Stop Learning. While it might seem like you’re playing a tourist sometimes, Chicago’s collection of museums are arguably a highlight for visitors and locals alike. The Adler Planetarium also hosts 21+ events once a month with a theme to give the older kids a chance to enjoy the planetarium for themselves.
Choose Your Own Adventure. Chicago has endless options for anything you could possibly think of doing or seeing. There nothing wrong with going to a “tourist hotspot” even if you are local because places like Millennium Park is popular because of how many things you can do in a small area. Chicago never really a followed some cookie cutter formula to a big city and either did their inhabitants. So while you call Chicago home, make your own adventure.