For EXPO Chicago 2016, we handpicked a few insiders—a select group of those in-the-know on all things Chicago—that shared with us how to navigate the city during the art fair. Next up, we have Andrea Hazen, founder of Hazen Art Advisory, who shares her top spots to eat, drink, network, and relax this week.
Where to eat
There are so many great restaurants in Chicago but a few of my favorites downtown are Avec, Blue Door Kitchen, and Cindy’s in the Chicago Athletic Association. Further afield I love Big Star, Lula, and Parson’s Chicken & Fish.
Where to sip
Chicago is a beer town and one of my all time favorite bars to go for this is the Rainbo Club in Wicker Park. It has been the hangout for artists, musicians and SAIC students forever.
Where to network
Soho House is a great place for meetings, cocktails and dinner.
Where to see art
There are many great cultural institutions and exhibitions spaces in Chicago but if I were to name one, the Art Institute of Chicago would top my list. It is a world-class museum with an incredible collection and fantastic exhibitions.
Where to have fun
I highly recommend walking the Magnificent Mile starting at the North end near Lake Shore Drive, walking South, crossing the Chicago River to the South Loop ending in Millennium Park at the Anish Kapoor Cloud Gate sculpture, which is one of the best examples of public sculpture in the world. I also suggest doing the Architectural Boat Tour as well as visiting Frank Lloyd Wright houses in Oak Park and Hyde Park.
Where to relax
I always meet up with friends and colleagues after the fair and unwind with cocktails at Public Hotel Bar or at Soho House. I like to recharge and clear my head with a morning jog or walk along the lakefront. The lake is stunning and it always surprises out-of-towners with its beauty.