We couldn’t be more excited to meet other leaders in the legal tech space at the ABA TECHSHOW later this month! In our last post, we talked about some of Chicago’s must-visit restaurants out-of-towners should eat at while visiting, and now we want to share some ideas on how to spend your time when you’re not downing deep dish pizza. Instead of or in addition to focusing on “traditional” Chicago hot spots like The Bean and Michigan Avenue during your visit, here are some of Chicago’s lesser-known attractions we recommend adding to your agenda:
Van Gogh’s Bedrooms: Art Institute Chicago
Just in time for the ABA TECHSHOW rush, the Art Institute of Chicago has unveiled a spectacular new exhibit featuring art of the one and only Van Gogh. As you may know, Van Gogh painted a series of three famous paintings featuring his bedroom throughout his lifetime, and the Art Institute is bringing them together for the first time ever in North America, along with more than 30 of his other works. Just as exciting, The Art Institute has recreated Van Gogh’s bedroom itself, which art aficionados can actually reserve just as they would other accommodations on Airbnb. Vah=n Gogh’s bedroom is booked for the dates of TECHSHOW right now, but you never know, someone may cancel! More information about the exhibit can be found here
The Second City
If you’re a fan of Saturday Night Live and are looking for an unforgettable night out in Chicago, look no further than Second City. Second City is an improv theater and school based in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood that has launched into fame some of the best comedians of our time, from Chris Farley to Steve Carell to to Tina Fey. Shows with tickets available during the ABA TECHSHOW include Fool Me Twice, Deja Vu, Afro-Futurism and the Best of Second City. Tickets sell out fast so be sure to reserve your spot now.
Macy’s Flower Show
If you’re planning on staying an extra day after the ABA TECHSHOW, consider attending this year’s Flower Show! Every year, Macy’s starts springtime off right and features gardens, bouquets and landscapes at its State Street location. This year’s theme is The Painted Garden and will celebrate “landscapes native to India and Middle Asia.” With a 10-foot tall elephant and more flowers you could ever hope to sniff, this show is something you don’t want to miss. More information here.
Are you looking to venture outside of downtown Chicago and explore one of the city’s iconic neighborhoods? A quick ride on the CTA blue will transport you to Wicker Park, one of Chicago’s trendiest neighborhoods, which commonly gets overlooked by tourists. To get a taste for the neighborhood, get off the train at Damen. You’ll walk straight into Six Corners, the epicenter of the neighborhood, where you’ll find shops, restaurants and galleries galore. A short walk will take you to Big Star, our favorite taco joint in Chicago. From there, head up to the 606, for a unique vantage point on the neighborhood. The 606 is an elevated walking trail built on old railroad tracks, much like New York City’s High Line. More information about Wicker Park can be found here.