Thursday Night: Chicago
Ah, Thursday night — the only truly social night of the week. It’s the night when babysitters are booked, friends convene, and drinks are imbibed. There are no family obligations to fulfill, no amateurish weekend crowds to elbow through — and the possibilities are endless. The night starts after work and ends whenever you want. In any city. All over the world.
This week, we’re presenting the perfect Thursday night in Chicago, Illinois.
Chicago’s breathtaking skyline. (Photo: Thinkstock)
Somewhere in the middle of America lies Chicago—a bustling city where class and sophistication meets Midwestern simplicity. Its downtown is a hotbed of cultural activity, with art museums, historic architecture, pristine beaches, and world-class restaurants on every block. And with nearly 200 different neighborhoods designed to give you a unique experience, there is literally something for everyone.
So whether you’re a student at nearby UIC, an out-of-town visitor, or a suburbanite driving in for weekend, here’s how to have the perfect Thursday night in Chi-town.
As a Chicagoan whom I recently talked to proclaimed enthusiastically, “If you’re not taking advantage of the lakefront in the summer, then you’re an idiot.” Enough said. Start Thursday by taking a stroll down Chicago’s beautiful lakefront. The rippling water, sand, and chill vibe are the perfect way to kick off the night.
Walk along the water, watch the sunset, and unwind with a cold beer at Oak Street Beach Food & Drink. If you like your drinks a little fancy, head to Fig & Olive for one of their signature cocktails. Indulge in a crisp cucumber cosmo while you snack on crostini with crab, heirloom tomatoes, and avocado. Want your drinks with a view? Venture on over to the Godfrey Hotel, whose IO Urban Roofscape provides picturesque views of the southern Chicago skyline.
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Start your Thursday with a signature cocktail at Fig & Olive. (Photo: Fig & Olive)
Sip under the retractable roof at the Godfrey Hotel. (Photo: Godfrey Hotel)