Spotlight: Chicago

Standing proud in America’s Midwest, Chicago is one  of the US’s predominant financial, cultural and sporting  centres. Find out why University staff and alumni love  America’s ‘Second City’…

Chicago summons many images; the razzle-dazzle of the  1920s, the exploits of Al Capone, its shining glass and steel  skyline. Called the ‘pulse of America’, Chicago is certainly  an exciting city.

Founded in the 1800s with a double-digit population,  by 1860 the city was a thriving industrial hub that enticed  new inhabitants in their thousands. Today, it’s home to  9.5 million people and some of the world’s finest arts,  architecture and cuisine. 

It’s more than 20 years since Birmingham twinned  with Chicago and the University has developed numerous  strategic links with the Windy City, including partnerships  with its three universities and several cultural institutions,  plus initiatives such as teaching collaborations, student  exchanges and internships.

So what do staff and alumni recommend when visiting Chicago?

Danielle Albracht, Senior Alumni Relations Officer, hails from Illinois:

Read Erik Larson’s The Devil in  the White City before you go

Visit the Art Institute of Chicago  and gaze (in the manner of Ferris  Bueller’s Day Off) at Seurat’s  A Sunday Afternoon on the  Island of La Grande Jatte

Learn about the architecture of Chicago on a boat  cruise of the Chicago River and Lake Michigan

Visit the Chicago Historical Society

Take in a comedy show at Second City

Take your photo at Cloud Gate, the Anish Kapoor  sculpture in Millennium Park 

Eat deep-dish pizza and Chicago-style hot dogs

Roger Clunn (MBA Strategic and Procurement Management, 1999) worked in Chicago:

Wildfire Restaurant is a must  for steak and fish dishes

Go on the Gangster Tour

Enjoy the entertainments  and attractions of Navy Pier

Go to the Blue Chicago  Grill Restaurant for authentic blues music

Visit the Sears and Hancock Buildings for great  views of the city

If you like sport, catch a game of one of these Chicago  teams – the Bears (NFL), the Cubs and White Sox  (baseball), the Bulls (basketball), the Blackhawks and  Wolves (ice hockey), or Fire (soccer)

Shop on The Magnificent Mile, AKA Michigan Avenue


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