By Christina Henry de Tessan
The suitable bring-along accent for exploring Chicago like a native.
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Head east out of the circular drive, crossing the bridge and grassy knoll to have a look at Lake Michigan. Retrace your steps, heading north along the western edge of the pond. Head back into campus, turning south down the footpath before the parking lot. Continue between the handsome buildings, heading south and west along the footpath. The imposing Gothic building on your left is Deering Library (4); note its 68 window medallions and wood and stone carvings. Returning to the path, cross through the arch onto University Avenue, where many fraternities and sororities are housed.
There’s also plenty of fun to be had at Cupid’s Treasures (5; #3519), where an assortment of lingerie and erotic toys are available. If you’re not actually in the market for anything sexy, stop in at the inviting Caribou Coffee (6; #3500) on the corner of W. Cornelia Avenue and enjoy lingering over a latte with the locals. The elegant Gourmet Grape (7; #3530) carries fine wines and other upscale fare. The diversions for the window-shopper taper off pretty quickly around W. Addison Street. In August, don’t miss North Halsted Market Days, one of the Midwest’s largest festivals featuring dozens of musical performances.
Head south on N. Michigan Avenue. The Carbide and Carbon Building (2; 230 N. Michigan Avenue) is one of the city’s better known art deco buildings. Note its green terra-cotta tower and gold leaf detailing. Continue south, passing Millennium Park on your left. You’ll come upon the Chicago Cultural Center (3; 78 E. Washington Street), built in 1897. Today, this architectural marvel is a fabulous resource for visitors. Farther down on the left is the Art Institute of Chicago (4; #111), home to one of the world’s greatest collections of art.
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