Issue 14: Chicago

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  • The city skyline sparkles over Lake Michigan at sunset. Photograph by Derek Richmond.
    The city skyline sparkles over Lake Michigan at sunset. Photograph by Derek Richmond.

    Issue 14: Chicago

    Fancy a bit of fresh air? As it winds through neighborhoods like Uptown, Lakeview, Lincoln Park and Hyde Park, Chicago’s stunning 18.5-mile Lakefront Trail is heaven for runners, bikers, and other outdoor enthusiasts. Catch beautiful views of Lake Michigan and the dramatic city skyline along the way.

    Performers entertain the crowd in Preston Bradley Hall. Photographs by Derek Richmond.
    Embellishment is everywhere.
    The Beaux Arts facade.
    Intricate coffered ceilings.
  • Issue 14: Chicago

    The city of Chicago has always been an architectural trendsetter–after all, it’s where the skyscraper was invented. And there’s nowhere better to soak in that history–and some truly breathtaking birdseye views–than the recently renovated Skydeck Chicago atop the commanding Willis Tower. Formerly known as the Sears Tower, the Willis held the title of tallest building in America for decades (it was only recently dethroned by New York’s Freedom Tower). Adrenaline junkies won’t want to miss The Ledge–a series of four all-glass balconies dramatically suspended thousands of feet up over the street. What sort of wonders can one spy from 1454 ft? On a clear day, more or less everything–every corner of Chicago, all the way across the Illinois state line into Indiana, Wisconsin, and Michigan.

  • More than a dozen varieties of apple await shoppers. Photograph by Derek Richmond.
  • Ditch rush hour and opt to take the Chicago Water Taxi. Photograph by Derek Richmond.