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Post from Emma Richardson- 

Chicago will be the backdrop to your Harris experience — so utilize it! Between the museums, (championship-winning) sports teams, restaurants, and parks—all stretching across some seventy-seven diverse neighborhoods— the city that you will call home has something to offer for everyone.

Music in Millennium Park - From June to August, enjoy free music concerts on Mondays and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. in Millennium Park. Bring a blanket, a picnic, and some friends to experience a variety of genres throughout the summer, from indie rock to Southern soul to R&B.

Chicago Cultural Center - Known as the “People’s Palace”, the Chicago Cultural Center is a quintessential feature in the city’s renowned architectural history. With its Tiffany glass dome and mother-of-pearl mosaics, simply walking around the building itself is worth a visit. However, the Center also boasts free admission to a diverse series of music and art exhibits through the year.

Medici’s on 57th - Chicago is probably best known for its world-famous “deep dish” style pizza. End the thin crust debate by getting a pie at Medici’s on 57th. Located in Hyde Park, this staple of the community has been serving up Chicago-style pizza for over fifty years. Bring your own bottle, write a message on the wall (if you can find space), and check out the bakery next door— if you have room, that is.

Lake Michigan - This one speaks for itself. Throw away your pool membership, and head down to one of Chicago’s beautiful public beaches. North Avenue and Oak Street are popular north-side destinations, and South Shore and 57th Street are prime south side locations. If you have a four-legged friend, be sure to bring them to the Montrose Dog Beach near Montrose Harbor.

Improv - If you’re a fan of Chris Farley, Mike Myers, the Belushi Brothers, Tina Fey, Amy Poheler, or laughing in general, explore Chicago’s famous improv comedy scene. While name-brand venues like The Second City are a must-see experience, don’t forget to check out the iO or Annoyance Theater for late-night laughs.

Sports teams - Here in Chicago, we take our sports seriously. If you don’t want to shell out the cash to see championship-winning teams like the Blackhawks or Cubs, check out your neighborhood bars— it’s often just like being at the game itself! Local pride runs deep, so don’t look for a Sox bar in Wrigleyville!

And don’t forget— the best sightseeing tour guide is the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA). Simply hop on the “El”—Chicago’s famous elevated transit system—and take in all that the city has to offer. Seeing the city from above the tracks will create an authentic experience that will stay with you long after you get off at the next stop