Send in the Season with These 3 Must-Try Experiences
By Emma Sarran Webster| September 27, 2017 |
The problem with living in one of the greatest cities in the country (okay, world) is that we rarely take advantage of all it has to offer. Tourists flock to Chicago to see our sights: The architecture, the lake, the shows, and restaurants—the list could, of course, go on.
But we locals tend to fall into two camps: The, “Oh, I’ll get around to doing that someday; there’s no rush” camp and the, “I’m not a tourist, so why would I do touristy things?” camp. Either way, it might be worth it to reframe your mindset. After all, there’s a reason tourists flock here to do these things, so they’re probably worth doing—and why not start now? Ahead, a trio of experiences to consider as we transition seasons.
Bike and brunch for a good cause.
You may not need a vacation rental for your staycation, but you can find some pretty cool things to do through Airbnb’s bookable Experiences. With the Bikes & Brunch for Good offering, you’ll start your journey with a behind-the-scenes look at SRAM/World Bicycle Relief’s Chicago headquarters, and learn about the company’s work providing bicycles to people in developing countries. From there, you’ll get to take a nice ride around the city before finishing off with a brunch in Fulton Market. The best part: 100% of what you pay for the excursion will go to World Bicycle Relief. $60, Airbnb.com
Enjoy a night out at the theater and a visit to a chic, boutique hotel.
Chicago has some of the best theaters (and some of the best talent) in the country, yet many of us locals forget just how many amazing shows are being presented at any given time—especially outside the big-name, Broadway in Chicago productions (which are, indeed, fantastic). Treat yourself to a night out at Lakeview’s historic and intimate Mercury Theater (3745 N. Southport Ave., 773-325-1700) with the Premium Audience Services package, which includes a premium ticket to Dracula or The Christmas Schooner, snacks during intermission, a post-show meet-and-greet with the cast, valet parking, and a $35 credit for dinner at the neighboring Grassroots Eatery (3747 N Southport Ave., 773-325-1710) And instead of going home afterward, make a night (or weekend) of it at the trendy boutique Guesthouse Hotel. (4872 N Clark St., 773-564-9568)
Leave Chicago behind for luxury up north.
Looking to get at least a little bit away from the city? Head a couple hours north to Destination Kohler, the Midwest’s only AAA Five-Diamond resort. Spend a day practicing your swing on one of the award-winning golf courses; indulge in a few luxurious spa treatments; take in the distinctly not-Chicago nature—or maybe do a little bit of everything. Whether you’re there for a day or a weekend, the high-end resort certainly offers plenty to fill your time. 444 Highland Drive, Kohler, WI; 855-444-2838