Ask an insider

Sep 19, 2014

To get the most out of your visit to Chicago, just ask a local. From the ideal places for a long walk to the most exciting neighborhoods, we surveyed over 1,000 Bank of America employees who live and work in Chicago to bring you the best of the Windy City.

Favorite Place to Take a Stroll: Chicago’s Lakefront

When it comes to the best location for a nice long stroll, our employees overwhelmingly agreed—head towards the shoreline! Considered by many to be the most beautiful extended stretch of urban parkway in America, Chicago’s Lakefront offers a wealth of sightseeing. Explore parkland and beaches alongside luxury skyscrapers. And if a long walk doesn’t thrill you, the Lakefront Trail is just as welcoming by bike.

Favorite Place to View the City: Navy Pier

For a stunning view of the city, visit the Navy Pier. The 3,300-foot-long pier was a Lake Michigan dock and warehouse before it was transformed into a kid-friendly destination in 1995. Today, the pier offers sweeping city views while also serving as a perfect location to have a good meal, view a live show, or take a spin on the 150-foot-high ferris wheel.

Favorite Neighborhood: Lakeview

Old Town, Chinatown and Pilsen all have their charms, but when it comes to experiencing the best of Chicago, our employees agree—visit Lakeview. This northern residential area is packed with some of the city’s favorite restaurants and boutiques while also serving as a vibrant destination for theater, art exhibits, and children’s programs. Whether visiting during Wrigleyville Summerfest or one of the neighborhood’s many arts festivals, Lakeview promises excitement for everyone.

Favorite Chicago Hashtag: #ChiSummer

From food festivals to outdoor concerts, everything that is happening in Chicago during the sweet and all-too-short summer months can be found via #ChiSummer. Our employees also recommend exploring #RunChicago for info from fellow running enthusiasts, while #ChiMarathon unites Chicago Marathon runners, spectators and locals.

Favorite arts attraction: Magritte Exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago

Chicagoans make the most of their weekends by visiting some of the city’s greatest treasures, including The Art Institute of Chicago located conveniently in Grant Park. Currently on view through Monday, October 13 is Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938, proudly sponsored by Bank of America.

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