Dairly Week: a weekly roundup of my current (Chicago) favorites!
Chicago training was a phenomenal time. With all the new audit associate hires at McGladrey (from all over the country!) filling up the Hyatt O’Hare hotel for the week, it was akin to being at college again, or summer camp. And in four days, the entire Boston office of new hires bonded in a rather special way. Sure we had our long, packed days of information overload, but off duty, we were able to explore the local offerings, ending with a big night out in the city. I opted to arrive in Chicago a couple hours early and depart a couple hours later to be able to explore this new city on my own. All in all, it has been a wonderful, relaxing, and comforting way to start a new career and I could not be more thankful to have been a part of it. I have been documenting my adventures on Instagram, but here are some of the highlights from my trip, a Dairly Weekspecial edition report.
From top left:
1. Cloud Gate, Millennium Park at night.
2. A McGladrey evening charity event. We built 76 bicycles for kids of the Boys & Girls Club of Chicago. The best part of the evening was seeing all the kids swing by for a visit to pick up and play with their new bikes.
3. Spotted on a walk around the city: the iconic Chicago Theatre.
4. Marc Chagall’s American Windows installation at the Art Institute of Chicago—my favorite piece.
5. A rather indulgent mint chocolate milkshake at Eleven City Diner. The bartender was so kind to leave me a little extra (on the side, not pictured), perhaps upon seeing I was dining alone.
6. Some of the Boston crew at Toby’s Keith bar, a couple blocks away from the hotel.
7. The breathtaking Chicago Riverwalk at night.
8. My last stop: the John Hancock Observatory for a sweeping skyline city view of Chicago.
Chicago from far, far above. (at Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD))
Photo from Rifle Paper & Co.’s Travel America Calendar
After four months abroad, I have become accustomed to doing extensive research (mostly food-related) of a city before a trip. My main abroad travel buddy would make these detailed lists of stops and sights we needed to hit, but still managed to leave room for random exploration.
In about a month, I will be heading out to Chicago for the first time for training. I don’t anticipate having much time to really explore the city, but I have definitely factored in at least 12 hours. I found these Kate Spade City Guides awhile ago and I love their comprehensive but short itineraries for each featured city, which ranges from domestic capitals to popular international destinations. The city maps are also uncomplicated and perfect for a basic understanding of city orientation. Short, sweet, and very Kate Spade.