By Christina Henry de Tessan
The precise bring-along accent for exploring Chicago like a native.
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Randolph Drive. Descend down the paved walkway into the park, detouring toward the lake to stroll through the serene Cancer Survivor’s Garden (1). Cross E. Monroe Drive at the Columbus Drive intersection (in the warmer months, you’ll pass an outdoor café and miniature golf course here). Continue south across the vast expanse of Butler Field and past the Petrillo Music Shell, where big concerts and festivals take place. After crossing E. Jackson Drive, cross through a lovely little rose garden to arrive at the majestic Buckingham Fountain (2).
Randolph Drive. Enter the park from Michigan, stopping at the Wrigley Square Monument (1), a fountain and half-circle of columns representing the peristyle that was once located here. Continue south across the lawn. Ahead of you is the McCormick Tribune Plaza and Ice Rink, where crowds gather in the summer to dine on the outdoor terrace of the Park Grill Restaurant and in the winter months to skate. Turn left onto the pathway leading to the Chase Promenade, where you’ll come upon Anish Kapoor’s magnificent Cloud Gate sculpture (2), whose circular shape stands in fabulous contrast to the linear buildings behind it.
31 BROADWAY This lively strip is home to a youthful, diverse, professional demographic, with a relatively sizable gay contingent given its proximity to Boys Town. If you want to see where the locals live and hang out, this area is a good one to check out. Bus: 36. Begin at N. Broadway Street and W. Roscoe Street, and head south along this busy commercial thoroughfare. The early part of this walk takes you past a smattering of home décor and accessory shops, including Addendum (1; #3341), the globally influenced Guava Imports (2; #3327), and the handsome Apt No.