Gwendolyn Ramsey concierge at the Trump International Hotel & Tower is this week’s concierge correspondent and shares her top three picks for things to do around town.
Constantly flooded with hungry people, Crisp sets itself apart from other Korean restaurants because it offers “Asian fusion cuisine with an American twist.” The service is rather-quick and convenient, and you can have someone from your group hold down the fort at one of the long tables in this Lakeview cozy restaurant.
Try the Buddha bowl, consisting of sweet beef and vegetables on a bed of rice and topped with fried egg. This is the most popular dish, and the menu also includes specialty sandwiches, Korean burritos, fried chicken, and sides like organic rice, kimchee, and magic mushrooms.
2940 N. Broadway
Shoreline Sightseeing has been whisking passengers along Lake Michigan since 1939 on their famous architecture tours. Their tours travel down the reverse-engineered Chicago River and highlight the Great Fire of 1871; the work of famed architects Mies van der Rohe; Skidmore, Owing and Merrill; and Jeanne Gang. Nighttime tours allow for glimpses of lit-up buildings and give passengers a chance to see the whole city. Water taxis connect visitors to the Magnificent Mile, Navy Pier, and the Museum Campus from one destination to the next. Check out their website for complete information and daily schedule on all tours.
Shoreline Sightseeing Cruises
One of the largest used bookstores in Chicago Myopic’s has three levels including a mezzanine section with reading nooks overlooking the main floor and a basement with floor-to-ceiling shelves. It houses more than 80,000 books with a fiction section that would be the envy of some libraries. Open until 1pm, Myopic Books’ landmark features experimental music sessions every Monday and twice-a-month Sunday poetry reading series. Don’t forget to say hello to my furry friend Leonard the cat; he is the watches over the books.
1564 N. Milwaukee Ave