Guide to the must-see neighbourhoods of Chicago
Chicago is often described as a city of neighbourhoods. By some counts there are 77 in total, each offering its own unique experience of the Windy City. But you certainly cannot visit them all in one trip. So where should you spend your time? There are seven neighbourhoods worth exploring to make your Chicago trip one to remember.
West Loop/Fulton Market
In just a few short years, Chicago's meatpacking district has flourished into dining central. Foodies of all kinds can find their next best meal in the West Loop or Fulton Market, neighbourhoods which sit sidebyside. Celebrity chefs—including Stephanie Izard, Rick Bayless and Grant Achatz—all have restaurants here. Although there is a high concentration of Michelin-starred establishments, you don't need to spend a lot to dine well. Affordable fare and tasty snacks can be found tucked in between the fine dining glitz and glam. For a worthwhile and memorable splurge, head to The Aviary for cocktails mixed by mad scientist-like bartenders. They blend unusual flavours and combinations, and their presentation will surprise you.
The Chicago River
Shopping, dining, sightseeing, and culture converge in Chicago's bustling downtown centre. From art museums and architecture to Chicago-style dogs and deep-dish pizza, you can pack in many of Chicago's must-do activities just by walking along the Magnificent Mile (depending on how fast you walk and how many stops you make along the way). In the warmer months, take a stroll along the Chicago Riverwalk; the pedestrian-only walkway presents magnificent views of the skyscrapers towering above you. From here you can also catch an architecture boat tour, which offers an interesting perspective of Chicago's tallest buildings and a crash-course in its history.
Old Town is one of the city's oldest neighbourhoods. Make sure you visit during the day so you can see all its glorious Victorian mansions and well-preserved brick cottages. The residential community has several long-standing shops and boutiques, as well as many restaurant options. Feel like laughing? On any given night, you can catch an improv, sketch or stand-up comedy show at Second City in Old Town, where many famous comics started out.
Wrigley Stadium in Chicago
You don't have to be a die-hard baseball fan to enjoy one of America's oldest pastimes in one of America's oldest ballparks. Though Wrigley Field has recently been modernised, the ballpark still maintains its old-school charm and ivy-laden brick walls. In 2018, a new hotel and development with restaurants and shops opened just across the street. Wrigleyville also puts you close to the Lakeshore Trail, where you can rent bikes and take in the city's expansive Lake Michigan shoreline. Want to stick with the Wrigleyville baseball theme? Locals love the batting cages at Sluggers, which also has arcade games.
Close to Pilsen and just a few streets to the southwest, a bright red gate welcomes you to Chinatown. It is the second-largest Chinatown in the United States, but is relatively compact and easy to explore by foot. Pop into its colourful shops, order dim sum at any number of restaurants, and enjoy the sculptures, public art and murals in Chinatown Square, which also houses the Pan Asian Cultural Centre.
People dining outdoors in Chicago's Logan Square neighborhood
Tap into your inner hipster in the Williamsburg of Chicago. All things trendy come to a head in Logan Square, where another must-try restaurant seems to open every week. Wander along Milwaukee Avenue, where you will find tastefully-decorated boutiques and well-designed restaurants. Start with a pour over coffee and finish with a pirate-themed tiki cocktail. Play vintage arcade games and shop for vinyl records along the way. Pop into bakeries and breweries in between. This is the perfect neighbourhood to spend a leisurely afternoon without an agenda.
Chicago has many ethnic communities and neighbourhoods. In the Mexican-American community of Pilsen, you will find taquerias galore and the National Museum of Mexican Art. Pilsen also has a lively arts scene, with several art galleries, lofts and event spaces condensed into a few blocks. Many open their doors to the public for an art walk on the second Friday of every month.
Spend your time in a few of these neighbourhoods or venture out to the many others situated in Chicago—all with unique qualities and worth the visit. Book your next flight to the Windy City at united.com or by using the convenient United app, and share your story on social media with the #MyUnitedJourney hashtag.
In the midst of mobilizing our cargo operations, our teams at New York/Newark (EWR) and Jacksonville (JAX) stepped in to assist Roche Diagnostics with transporting a vital component for an instrument being used for COVID-19 testing.
The component was stuck at EWR en route to the Mayo Clinic in Florida after another airline's flights were cancelled. A Roche employee contacted us asking for help and, within a few hours, our teams had the piece loaded onto a Jacksonville-bound aircraft, with arrangements in place to deliver it to the Mayo Clinic.
The item we shipped will allow the Mayo Clinic in Florida to process hundreds of COVID-19 tests per day. Mayo Clinic Laboratories has been on the front lines of increasing testing capacity to expedite caring for patients at this critical time and working to ease the burden being felt at test processing laboratories in a growing number of areas.
Cargo-only flights support U.S. military and their families
March 30, 2020
We are helping to keep military families connected by increasing the frequency of cargo-only flights between the United States and military bases in various parts of the world — including Guam, Kwajalein, and several countries in Europe. Last week we began operating a minimum of 40 cargo-only flights weekly — using Boeing 777 and 787 aircraft to fly freight and mail to and from U.S. hubs and key international business and military locations.
We are going above and beyond to find creative ways to transport fresh food and produce, as well as basic essentials from the U.S. mainland to military and their families in Guam/Micronesia. On Saturday, March 28, we operated an exclusive cargo-only B777-300 charter to transport nearly 100,000 pounds of food essentials to Guam to support our troops.
In addition, we move mail year-round all over the world. In response to COVID-19, and in support of the military members and their families overseas, we implemented a charter network, transporting military mail to Frankfurt, which is then transported all over Europe and the Middle East. Since March 20, we have flown 30,000+ pounds of military mail every day between Chicago O'Hare (ORD) and Frankfurt (FRA). On the return flight from Frankfurt to Chicago, we have carried an average of 35,000 pounds of mail to help families stay connected.
"Keeping our military families connected with the goods they need, and keeping them connected with loved ones to feel a sense of home, is of critical importance. As a company that has long supported our military families and veterans, our teams are proud to mobilize to lend a hand." — United Cargo President Jan Krems.
Our cargo-only flights support customers, keep planes moving
March 22, 2020
We have begun flying a portion of our Boeing 777 and 787 fleet as dedicated cargo charter aircraft to transfer freight to and from U.S. hubs and key international business locations. The first of these freight-only flights departed on March 19 from Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) to Frankfurt International Airport (FRA) with the cargo hold completely full, with more than 29,000 lbs. of goods.
Getting critical goods into the hands of the businesses and people who need them most is extremely important right now. To support customers, employees and the global economy, we will initially operate a schedule of 40 cargo charters each week targeting international destinations and will continue to seek additional opportunities.
With coronavirus (COVID-19) creating an increased need to keep the global supply chain moving, we are utilizing our network capabilities and personnel to get vital shipments, such as medical supplies, to areas that need them most.
"Connecting products to people around the world is the United Cargo mission," said United Cargo President Jan Krems. "That role has never been more crucial than during the current crisis. Our team is working around the clock to provide innovative solutions for our customers and support the global community."
On average, we ship more than 1 billion pounds of cargo every year on behalf of domestic and international customers. For more information, visit unitedcargo.com.
To our customers,
I hope this note finds you and your loved ones healthy and well.
It is safe to say these past weeks have been among some of the most tumultuous and emotional that any of us can remember in our lifetimes. The impact of the coronavirus outbreak has been felt by individuals and families, companies and communities, across the United States and around the world.
The response to this crisis has been extraordinary; as much for what it has required from our society as for what it has revealed of us as a people.
Far from causing division and discord, this crisis and the social distancing it has required, has allowed us to witness something profound and moving about ourselves: our fond and deeply felt wish to be connected with one another.
The role of connector is one we're privileged to play in the moments that matter most in your life – weddings and graduations, birthdays and business trips, events large and small – and it's that responsibility that motivates us most to get back to our regular service, as soon as possible.
That is why it is so important our government acted on a comprehensive relief act to ensure our airline – and our industry – are ready and able to serve you again when this crisis abates.
I want to relay to you, in as deeply personal a way I can, the heartfelt appreciation of my 100,000 United team members and their families for this vital public assistance to keep America and United flying for you.
This support will save jobs in our business and many others. And it allows us time to make decisions about the future of our airline to ensure that we can offer you the service you deserve and have come to expect as our customers.
While consumer demand has fallen, we have seen the need for our service and capabilities shifted. And, we've adapted to help meet those needs.
Right now, aircraft flying the United livery and insignia, flown by our aviation professionals, have been repurposed to deliver vital medical supplies and goods to some of the places that need it most. We're also using several of our idle widebody aircraft to use as dedicated charter cargo flights, at least 40 times per week, to transfer freight to and from U.S. locations as well as to key international business locations. At the same time, we are working in concert with the U.S. State Department to bring stranded Americans who are trying to return home back to their loved ones.
While much remains uncertain right now, one thing is for sure: this crisis will pass. Our nation and communities will recover and United will return to service you, our customers. When that happens, we want you to fly United with even greater pride because of the actions we took on behalf of our customers, our employees and everyone we serve.
Stay safe and be well,
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