Chicago: Insider's Tips
By Parker Marie Molloy
Maggie Schultz, digital media manager for the Kinzie Hotel
On getting cultural: "One 'can't miss' Chicago attraction has to be the Art Institute of Chicago. Not only does it boasts the largest collection of Impressionist paintings outside of the Musée D'Orsay, but the Modern Wing (which itself is a beautiful piece of artwork) features an amazing collection of 20th- and 21st-century art. When the weather's nice, be sure to take the elevator upstairs in the Modern Wing and cross the Nichols Bridgeway to Millennium Park."
Bryan Smith, general manager at Spin
Good time for a shower: "Every Friday at midnight SPIN lowers a full-size shower from the ceiling onto our dancefloor and invites contestants to get in, get wet and dance. The audience vote decides the winner who gets $100, second place finisher gets a $50 Bar Tab Certificate."
Kat Barry, business development specialist for the Chicago Diner
Get in the game: "Since our original location is in Lakeview, I have to say that a trip to Wrigley Field really should not be missed! Even if you aren't a baseball fan, you can't help but get nostolgic when standing face-to-face with one of America's oldest and most iconic recreational venues. I saw a Pearl Jam concert there last summer, and even then the history and energy of the historic ballpark was radiating. The rooftop parties at surrounding establishments are also one-of-a-kind. Pop over to our veggie diner before or after a game to indluge in our award winning comfort foods with a compassionate twist. Vegan shake anyone?"
Wally Petersen, director of public affairs for the Art Institute of Chicago
Dazzle at Chicago's beauty: "After being dazzled by more than 5,000 years of artistic expression at the Art Institute of Chicago (voted the country's #1 museum by Trip Advisor), exit onto the elegant and airy Nichols Bridgeway via the third floor of the Renzo Piano-designed Modern Wing, then marvel at the stunningly beautiful skyline as you descend into gorgeous Millennium Park to enjoy further artistic and natural wonders."
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