City Guide: Chicago

October 18, 2016

We’re headed to Chicago for a few days and asked CO-OP PR founders Whitley Bouma Herbert and Susu Block to give us a list of their favorite spots. From restaurants to shopping destinations, here is their guide to the Windy City.



Describe the city in three words:


Easiest Way to Get Around:

Walk, bike and Uber.


The Peninsula Chicago Pool and Spa

Hotel You Recommend:

The Park Hyatt – unparalleled service, beautiful spa, fantastic location, chic restaurant and lounge and a beautiful terrace.You can’t go wrong with The Peninsula either – the recent renovations are stunning.

Favorite Neighborhood:

The West Loop/Fulton Market areas are abuzz right now.If you’re looking for a chic night out and (increasingly) good shopping, then this area is worth a visit.


Heritage Bicycles, Chicago.


Millennium Park, Chicago.

Tourist Spots You’ll Always Love:

Chicago ArchitecturalFoundation’s River Cruise, the 606, Millennium Park, the waterfront for awalk or run and the “Viagra Triangle.”

Family Activity:

Maggie Daley Park or visiting the museums, which all have great kids activities.

Best Views of the City:

  • On the corner of Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive, overlooking the Chicago River.
  • The point at the Adler Planetarium.
  • From an airplane – flying into the city over the water is the best way to get a sense for Lake Michigan’s pure might. It’s also a happy reminder of the genius of preserving Chicago’s lakefront.
  • Roof of Soho House – everything looks better with a Picante cocktail in hand.

Space 519

Best Shopping:

  • Space 519 – for the most thoughtful selection of clothing, jewelry, books to cherish, gift items and more.
  • Ikram and Blake in the city for women’s clothing.
  • If you happen to be visiting the North Shore, then Athene is a must for chic comfortable clothing and accessories.
  • If you’re looking for gift items or unique home accessories, don’t miss Gild Assembly.You’ll find treasures from Utopia & Utility, AKMD, Skultuna, Fort Standard and more.


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