“The windy city” surprisingly not as windy as you might think. In the autumn and winter time perhaps one of the coldest and windiest places to visit, in the summer time however Chicago is definitely a must-go.
Chicago has a flow about it, its pace is different to anywhere I’ve ever been, it has the feeling of both a quick paced city and a chilled coastal town at the same time. To get bored in Chicago is not an easy task, there is so much to do from downtown, to Lake Michigan, to the suburbs of Belmont.
There are definitely a lot of thing you can and should do in Chicago; here are 3 Must Dos in Chi-Town.
1. Lake Michigan
I’ve been to a few lakes over the years, lake houses where you can see the other end of the lake and swim to your neighbour’s lake house but Lake Michigan took me by surprise and I had to keep reminding myself that Chicago is landlocked.
There are a couple of beaches on the lake you can head to, and if you enjoy beach volleyball then you’re in for a great time! There seemed to be almost 50 different beach courts, take a ball, a net and some friends and you’re golden, jet skis, paddleboards, beach bars, boats, football and yoga on the sand.
The Chicago side of Lake Michigan is truly amazing, a beach in the city.
A pride of American sports and Chicago seems to be crazy about it. There are two baseball teams in Chicago, the Cubs (known as the frat boy team) and the White Sox (known as the “real” baseball team).
Whenever any of these teams are playing in Chicago, you know it. The city just gives off an energy of solidarity; like everyone is off to have a great time but also win a baseball game. A live baseball game is such a great experience. It can be a bit slow sometimes but a few beers and hotdogs in you and the game speeds right up.
You don’t really need to know a great bit about baseball but you’ll know when you’ve seen something spectacular. I saw a home run at my first ever game (White Sox vs Yankees) and it was amazing, just like it looks on YouTube and it sounds even better.
You don’t just watch a baseball game, you experience it! You use the whole day, the experience starts the moment you wake up and put on a team’s jersey to the end of the day after the pub crawl through the 101 sports bars is Wrigleyville
3. Sports Bars
You have never seen anything like it. All I see are sports bars, sports bars to the left, sports bars to the right, 40 inch, 50 inch, 75 inch plasma TV’s playing every sport, American Football, (actual) Football, basketball, hockey, baseball, surfing, anything showing live is likely on a screen somewhere, and it’s not just one screen per bar, try 7 – 10 screens.
Beers, cider, ales and cocktail galore; if you can think about a drink, a bar somewhere is serving it.
Ribs and chicken wings are the go-to food and absolutely everyone is buzzed, loud and cheering, the sports bars in Chicago have a phenomenal atmosphere, I haven’t been everywhere but so far the best I’ve experienced.
Think of your ultimate sports bar and the best atmosphere you can imagine and you’ll find it in Chicago.
If you do go to Chicago this summer, you’ll definitely be glad you did.
See you out there.