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