One of the reasons I love to travel is that you can see how other cultures live. And while Chicago is a lot like Minneapolis, it’s got its own uniqueness. After doing some research, I looked for some fun “non-touristy” things to do while I am in Chicago next weekend for the Anytime Fitness Annual Conference. Here is what I found:
Grab a Movie in the Park
During the summer months in Chicago, they host a Movie in the Park nights all over the city! If you are planning a trip soon, they are playing movies through October! Check out their schedule here. According to the website, admission is free, and all movies begin at dusk weather permitting. A free movie date in Chicago…Heck yeah!
Visit the Hideout for Awesome Live Shows
“This is the quintessential Chicago bar. If you have friends coming in from out of town and you want to show them a real slice of Chicago away from tourism, this is the bar. I have been going there for years and never had a bad time there.”
The beer is cheap (yet drinkable), the music is good, and it makes you feel at home.
Grab a Morning Workout on North Avenue Beach
Rent a kayak, go beach running, or just sun and swim at this local beach. With plenty of activities available, you won’t get bored here. Spring and fall days can be just as inviting, especially if you like to run (or have a dog or kids that do), want to fly a kite, or go for a bike ride.
Eat Delicious Grub at Heaven on Seven
Located on the seventh floor of the Garland Building, this Heaven on Seven is the original. It’s famous for its spicy Cajun-Creole menu, specializing in breakfast and lunch. It only serves dinner once a month, so you must consider the Michigan Avenue location for an evening meal.
Walk Michigan Ave
Okay so this is a little touristy, but I just love Michigan Ave’s shopping, people watching, and overall appeal. Some of my favorite stores to go to (or glance into) are: Marc Jacobs, NikeTOWN, and Chanel (that is the peer in one because I can’t afford much there). According to Frommers,
The Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut St. (close to Michigan Ave), looks like something out of an English country village, with a Gothic stone exterior and a peaceful, flower-filled courtyard.
Visit the Farmers Market
Another fun and free thing to do is visit the farmers markets in places you travel, it’s one of my personal favorites! Downtown travelers are now able to shop for fresh produce and farm products every weekday, rain or shine, at the Farmstand Farmers Market located at 66 E. Randolph St. Open Monday through Friday from 7 am to 3 pm, the new market will offer fresh fruits and vegetables recently picked on nearby farms.