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With so much collective experience, we’ve decided to put that knowledge to use by posing some of the oldest and most popular questions to the group.
Where is the best place to people watch in Chicago?
“My personal favorite is Millennium Park. You can people watch at the Crown Fountain, Jay Pritzker Pavilion, and the Cloud Gate. It doesn’t get any better than watching people take photos at the ‘Bean.'” — Sher BonDurant, On Tap in the Windy City
“Any window over looking your significant other’s shoulder. You look like your paying attention and fascinated, when actually, just people watching.” — Stephanie Esposito, Chicago Rucks
“The Au Bon Pan at Northwestern Memorial hospital.” — Lea Grover, Becoming SuperMommy
“It’s a big, beautiful city. Pick a seat practically anywhere, sit back and enjoy!” — Carole Lago, Inside the Wrapper
“The park in the middle of the ‘viagra triangle’ across the street from Tavern in Rush.” — Amy Litterski, Scribbling of Thoughts
“I was going to say Northwestern Hospital as well. I find so many interesting folks not only to watch but to engage with every time I’m there. It’s people at their most vulnerable, or joyful or sad. It’s where folks need other people most.” — Katy McDermott Maher, I Got a Dumpster Family!
“Red Line. Lots of great people watching around 26th and California, too. Also great tacos, so, ya know, bonus.” — Bill Mayeroff, Pints and Pups
“I really love to people watch anywhere in the city but Michigan Avenue is the best. And Lincoln Park Zoo but that is my answer for everything!” — Susan Schulhof, Looking for the Good
“There is a counter under a bank of windows in the bar/waiting area of Miller’s Pub. At least I hope it’s still there. They just renovated and expanded the joint. We love to sit or stand there sipping a 3 Floyds product while watching the variety of people walk by on Wabash. All classes, all walks (so to speak) of life. One evening we sat next to two very well dressed men who were discussing the difficulties of the music business. One of the men had an English/Australian/New Zealander accent (I can never be sure). Music of the Baroque, the Lyric Opera, and an Australian orchestra were mentioned. I didn’t mean to eavesdrop (that’s a lie), but I couldn’t help but overhear. Later I googled the name Sir Andrew Davis. Sure enough, I had been rubbing shoulders with the Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Lyric Opera of Chicago.” — Floyd Sullivan, Waiting4Cubs
“Navy Pier. Also Daley Plaza esp. when a group of schoolkids use the Picasso as an impromptu slide.” — H. Van Howe, Pizza For Breakfast
“Every second Friday, at the Chicago Art District. There are over 30+ creative spaces open at that time. Don’t forget to visit Studio Oh! This art gallery is owned by a Dutch friend of ours. I love his art, and his view on the world.” — Annemarie Verweij, Dutch Alien Lands in the U.S.
“I like to sit on the benches below Wacker Drive on the Riverwalk. It’s a perfect spot to watch kayaks, water taxis, architecture tour boats, people of all walks of life, listen to the rumble of traffic crossing the bridges above, eat lunch and soak up the sunshine. You never see a grumpy face. Being near water and boats seems to have that affect on people.” — Very Terry
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