To all our interns going to Chicago, this post is especially for you! Whenever you get to a new place, people may give you a huge list of places you must visit, where you must eat, and things you must do, so here is my bucket list for Chicago.
First, be prepared to walk! It is a beautiful city with gorgeous sidewalks and architecture. You will be amazed by Chicago’s buildings! I recommend you wear comfortable shoes. While you’re walking down Michigan Avenue, you will find SO MANY stores filled with designer items: shoes, handbags, lots of delicious restaurants, candy shops, etc.
Make sure to stop by Garrett’s, a Chicago tradition. You will find the biggest selection of popcorn in town. You can choose from a variety of different flavors, such as macadamia caramel crisp, traditional caramel crisp, buttery, almond caramel, cashew caramel crisp, among others. The traditional flavor is the Garrett’s Mix! It combines sweet caramel crisp with cheesy popcorn… it might sound strange, but I promise you, it’s delicious!
Now, another Chicago tradition you MUST try is Deep Dish Pizza. My favorite place was Giordano’s, but you can find this extraordinary pizza in several restaurants, and they are located all over the city. When I went, I ordered Meat & More Meat, which has pepperoni, sausage, salami, and bacon, but there are many options to choose from (vegetarian options, too!).
Although I loved deep dish pizza, my favorite restaurant in Chicago was The Purple Pig by far. You can’t leave the city without visiting this place! It might be a little bit pricey and the wait is never short, but I promise it’s totally worth it! The menu offers many sophisticated dishes that maybe won’t sound as good as they taste, but be open to try everything you can! The best idea is to share dishes with friends/family to be able to taste as many dishes as you can. You won’t regret the long line (I waited 40 minutes to get a table!) or the prices.
Finally, you also have many options for attractions, such as Shedd Aquarium, John Hancock Center, Skydeck, Millennium Park, Navy Pier, Art Institute, Cloud Gate, among others! Chicago has gorgeous places you can’t miss while you’re doing your internship over there.
I hope you come to love Chicago as much as I do!!
Daniela Alvarez, Recruitment Coordinator in Worldwide Internships