Things to Do In Chicago From The Experts

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Joyce Fong
Chef Concierge,  Waldorf Astoria Chicago
Spring is the time that Chicago emerges from its winter slumber. Though we had a mild winter, outdoor activities and spring gardens showcases everything that is possible.
Others to Try:
  • The Bloomingdale Trail at The 606 was once an abandoned rail line has been transformed into a walking, jogging, biking outlet for all. Take the time to explore the neighborhoods at various access points or schedule a tour. 
  • Located in the southeast corner of Millennium Park, Lurie Garden is a 'secret garden' created to be a place of rest and renewal. Experience the flora that makes up the Lurie Garden.
  • Don't let a little rain keep you from exploring. Visit the historic Garfield Park or Lincoln Park Conservatory for their Spring Flower Show. Make your Free Advance Reservations to experience the tranquility of lush exotic plants from around the world along with outdoor gardens.
Sharyne Tu
Concierge,  Macy's

Upcoming film festivals: European Union at the Siskel Film Center (March), Asian Pop-Up Cinema at various theatres (March), Center for Asian American Media film festival (May), Chicago Palestine Film Festival (April), and future festivals Chicago International Film Festival (October), Black Harvest Film Festival, etc.

Others to Try:
  • May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. This could include many topics including Asian museums, activities, spotlighting Asian business (Japanese, Korean, Cambodian, Thai, Filipino, etc) that have been featured or under the radar like Khmai restaurant, Konbini & Kanpai, Heritage Museum of Asian Art and more. Barbara’s Bookstore has been featuring AAPI books during Heritage Month for the last couple of years.
  • Walking tours, paid and free, throughout the city. e.g. Chicago Architecture Center, Chicago Greeter, TV and Movie walking tour, Gangster tour, etc.
  • Spring flowers in April (hopefully) and Easter
Philippe Gills
Concierge,  Langham

Black Creativity juried art at Museum of Science and Industry, is one of the longest running juried exhibitions in the country highlighting up and coming artists of all medium.

Others to Try:
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Buddy Guy’s January residence at his club Buddy Guy’s Legends. At 86 years of age the man still throws down a full set, I was there last Sunday and can attest to this! Having said that, the time is NOW to see this legend before it’s too late. Do it now and be a witness to history.
  • Esme for elaborate multi-course dining/experience in collaboration with working/established artists.
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