The Wall Street Journal had an article this weekend that picked the mind’s of 4 notable Chicagoans, each noting their favorite parts of the city. Put on the hot seat were Grant Achatz (chef/owner of 4-star restaurant Alinea); Reggie Love (personal aide to President Barack Obama); Nate Berkus (interior designer, talk show host and Oprah favorite) and Jeanna Gang (architect and co-owner of Studio Gang, who designed the award-winning Aqua Tower).
I love this sort of spotlight on Chicago—an inside look from those who know and appreciate the city. The Journal calls Chicago the “most modern, and the most ‘American,’ of our big cities, as vast and variegated as the country that spawned it.” It attributes the city’s vast cultural appeal to its unique neighborhoods, top-notch food, passion for sports, gut-busting comedy troupes, and music that has influenced the globe.
Every corner of the city is filled with class and sophistication, with much to do and see. Plus, Chicago is the ultimate place for an upscale lifestyle, with highly-touted schools, college hospitals, symphony and art museums. That alone sets the city apart from other major U.S. metropolises, but there is one other key defining factor: the cost of Chicago real estate is well below its counterparts in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Better yet, most Chicago condos put you within close distance to take it all in. No matter what your interests, Chicago truly offers something for everyone. A few favorites from those familiar Chicago faces include:
Quality drinks and eats: In the West Loop, you’ll find yourself near Perman Wine Selections, a favorite of Chef Grant Achatz, who tells the Journal it’s a refined and intimate place for quality reserves. He also lists The Drawing Room in the Gold Coast, with quality upscale bar food and innovative cocktails.
Superb entertainment: Chicago real estate in the Loop is a stone’s throw to Grant Park, listed by Obama Adviser Reggie Love as the place to experience music fests, outdoor plays and several museums.
Shopping for high design: Nate Berkus calls on the Randolph Street Market, Broadway Antique Market and Pavilion in Bucktown for high-end design pieces and antiques.
History and Culture: The Chicago Architecture Foundation offers a new perspective on the city for design buffs, and much of Chicago real estate brings its own architectural influence. Jeanne Gang recommends the Chicago Architecture Foundation, which currently has a scale model of the Second City on exhibit through March.
I love seeing such high-caliber locals divulging what they love about Chicago. A posh lifestyle is right at home here, letting you indulge in the activities you enjoy the most and knowing they are offered in Chicago at the highest level.