Candace Parker’s Hot Spots

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We asked WNBA All Star player Candace Parker about her favorite places and things to do in Chicago. 

ON A BOAT ON LAKE MICHIGAN IN THE SUMMERTIME

Experiencing Chicago from the water is a must for tourists and locals alike. Check out the article on page 26 for plenty of boating tips and other outdoor activities. 

VISIT THE SHEDD AQUARIUM WITH MY FAMILY

Every Wednesday through August 31, 2022, the Shedd is jazzin’ it up. As the sun goes down, the music heats up and it’s time to relax with a drink on the breezy Shedd terrace, with an amazing view of the skyline. The Shedd Aquarium is open during the concerts and all the animal experiences (stingray touch, stingray feeding, sea star touch, and sturgeon touch) can be enjoyed as well.  

Line-Up

August 17 The Ava Logan Jazz Ensemble, Michele Thomas Quartet 

August 24  Alyssa Allgood Trio, Victor Garcia Quintet 

August 31 Alan Gresik Band, Tom Lowery Trio 

VISIT THE BROOKFIELD ZOO WITH MY FAMILY

Did you know you can feed a giraffe or meet a penguin at the Brookfield Zoo? The giraffes spend much of their day browsing but they never say no to a meal. Twice each day, you can deliver up some delicious greens that the giraffes will take right from your hand. It’s a great way to connect with these majestic animals and also help keep them well-fed and happy. If you’d rather meet & greet with the penguins–or even feed them–make sure to book those popular activities online in advance of your visit to the zoo. 

GO TO CENTENNIAL BEACH IN MY HOMETOWN OF NAPERVILLE

The historic Centennial Beach stone quarry is not a swimming pool, not a lake, but it is a unique swimming experience. Wade (pun intended!) into the zero-depth entry and swim to depths of 15 feet. For generations, Centennial Beach has been the local “swimming hole” for many Naperville residents and their guests. It’s a great place to meet friends, gather with family, or simply relax and enjoy.

FOOD! CHICAGO FOOD STAPLES PORTILLO’S AND GIORDANO’S ARE MY FAVORITES

The Chicago-style hotdog was launched as the “Depression Sandwich” in 1929, the year the Great Depression began. A Chicago-style hotdog has a very strict list of ingredients: a poppy seed bun, a 100% beef hot dog, yellow mustard, sweet relish, tomato slices, diced onion, kosher pickle spear, sport peppers & celery salt. And absolutely NO ketchup!

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