CHICAGO RIVERWALK VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL DAY ONE Stroll the Chicago Riverwalk. The scenic promenade now extends 1.25 miles from the lake to Lake Street. Learn about the city's maritime history at the McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum. Then, take off on a kayak or have a quiet moment at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. CHICAGO WATER TAXI Break for lunch along the Riverwalk at Tiny Hatt, known for barbecue and barrel-aged cocktails. Chicago Water Taxi picks up passengers for runs between downtown and Chinatown. On these non-narrated but affordable excursions, you skim past city landmarks like the Civic Opera House. Be sure to disembark at the end of the line to grab a fruity bubble tea at Kung Fu Tea in Chinatown Square. RHINE HALL DISTILLERY Do happy hour in a new way at Fulton Market District’s Rhine Hall Distillery, a family-run brandy distillery that doubles as a small bar on the weekends. For dinner, celebrity chef Rick Bayless’ new restaurant, Leña Brava in the West Loop, sizzles with Baja-style seafood cooked over open flames. CHICAGO BEER EXPERIENCE DAY TWO Culture lovers can stir up new discoveries at Block 37, now an indoor Loop destination featuring film, food, fashion and the art-and architecture-focused Chicago Design Museum. Take a self-guided tour to see the rotating exhibitions showcasing local design visionaries in digital, print and 3-D formats. LATINICITY Lunchtime! Embrace international flavor at Latinicity, a Latin-inspired food hall. Discover more about what makes Chicago so appetizing on a Chicago Beer Experience tour, a walkable tour that includes sips of Midwestern craft brews and narration on city history. In true Chicago style, remind yourself that it’s always a good time for steak. For dinner, visit the new GT Prime for choice cuts and great service. CONCORD MUSIC HALL It’s nighttime, so cue the music. One of Chicago's hottest concert venues is Concord Music Hall, where you can check out up-and-coming hip-hop and indie rock acts in a lofted space with great acoustics. Or, just take in the neighborhood sights and sounds. Logan Square is a hot nightlife district with many bars, like the new Navigator Taproom, and restaurants to try. DON’T FORGET: CITY MARKETS City Markets are the heart of Chicago's communities. They’re lively gathering places, as well as a source of locally produced foodstuffs. From May–October, try samples, buy ready-to-eat meals and get to know the city through its varied flavors. Green City Market — all-organic and frequented by noteworthy chefs who often do demos. Wednesdays and Saturdays in Lincoln Park. LOGAN SQUARE FARMERS MARKET Logan Square Farmers Market — fruit, veggies, jams, jellies, and even live music and entertainment. Sundays in Logan Square. Maxwell Street Market — this long-time market offers bargains on all types of items, plus great Latino street food. Sundays in the South Loop. Pilsen Community Farmers Market — stalls of products, eggs, meat, cheeses and more. Check out the colorful murals while you’re in the area. Sundays in Pilsen.
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