A Quiet Walk in the Windy City

Is there such a thing as a “quiet” walk when you’re downtown Chicago? One of my favorite things to do when I find myself with a few minutes and want to get outside when I’m in Chicago on business that you may want to try, is to wander down Michigan Avenue to the Chicago River. When you get to the northeast corner of the bridge (the end closest to the Tribune Tower) you’ll see some stairs. As you walk down the winding staircase the sounds of the city just start to melt away and you’ll find yourself on a lovely walking path that follows right along the shore of the river. If you have time, follow along about 3/4 of a mile toward the lake(east)and you’ll come across the back entrance of Lizzie McNeill’s – a great little Irish Pub you can stop into for a quick drink or sandwich if you want to. Also, in warm weather, Lizzie McNeill’s provides outdoor seating right on the river where you’ll be sitting next to the lovely, cascading Centennial Fountain which is located near the spot where the city reversed the flow of the Chicago River back in 1900. From Memorial Day to Labor Day a water cannon shoots a huge arc of water across the river for 10 minutes at the top of every hour beginning at 10 a.m., (except the hours of 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.). It’s quite a sight to see!

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Susan Brauer

Welcome fellow Road Warriors! Like many of you, I travel for work -- A lot! But believe it or not, I actually pretty much love it. I've become a bona fide business travel tourist by finding quick things to do when I find myself with the bits of free time that we business travelers sometimes get (i.e. after meetings and before dinner.) especially if I'm in a great city like Chicago, NY or San Francisco. Because we never have much time, this blog is all about quick, easy, inexpensive/free things to do in some of the cities I travel to along with recommendations for restaurants that are great for meals with colleagues, but also perfectly comfortable for solo dining. So maybe next time you find that you have a few minutes to yourself on a business trip, before you just automatically head for your hotel room, barricade yourself in with your computer and cell phone and order room service, you'll be inspired to become a business travel tourist and start loving your business travel too. Feel free to comment on any of my posts and let me and other readers know if you have tips, or recommendations. Happy Travels!

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