4 MIN READ – Fall is arguably the best season in Chicago (or at least top two!). Cooler temps, light layers, and plenty of things to do encourage Chicagoans to step outside. If you want to paint with the colors of the wind, here are some ways to enjoy some of the vestiges of a perfect autumn day downtown in the Loop.
The fall season has officially begun in Chicago, which means, a river cruise with the wind beneath your wings is the perfect end to a fall day. Spend some time on a Chicago Architecture Foundation Center River Cruise, and hear the stories of the people who designed and built our city while taking in views of the changing leaves and sipping on a hot spiced cider or cocoa. Add lively narration by highly trained volunteer docents from the Chicago Architecture Center, and you’ll discover why USA Today readers named the CAFC River Cruise the #1 Best Boat Tour in North America. Get tickets here.
Check out other tours, including Chicago River cruises, here.
AceBounce Chicago is in their iconic era, hbu? Their Bottomless Brunch continues every Saturday in September and October as they pay tribute to pop culture icons. You'll be living your main character moment with karaoke, a live DJ, unlimited games and delicious brunch bites. Oh, and how could we forget about bottomless mimosas and a build your own bloody bar, all for 3 hours? Talk about slay. Throw on your favorite iconic outfits, get your cameras ready, and live your best life with AceBounce for just $45! Buy your tickets here.
If you're more of a traditional lunch person get excited! Flight Club Chicago has officially reopened for lunch on weekdays! Their menu is designed to fit perfectly into your lunch break, so whether you’re sitting down for a quick bite or fitting in a round of Social Darts, they've got you covered. So step away from your desk and join Flight Club for lunch from 12 – 4pm! Learn more about their menu and book your reservations here.
To get your perfect fall day in the Loop started off right, swing by one of the many excellent coffee shops for a warm drink. Coffee, tea, hot cocoa, cider, and countless specialty drinks await. Stop by Goddess and the Baker for some of the most unique and yummy drinks in the whole city. If you like your coffee and pastries with a side of cycling culture, check out Heritage Outpost. Intelligentsia has multiple locations throughout the Loop and is one of the best-known Chicago coffee shops—for good reason. Magnolia Bakery in Block 37 offers the perfect spot to sip before or after you shop, with lovely indoor and outdoor dining options.
If you’re looking to warm up in a different sense of the phrase, grab a cocktail or a glass of wine at one of the myriad rooftop bars in the Loop (many of which feature retractable roofs for those chilly fall days). Try ROOF on theWit for a Mediterranean-inspired ambience 27 stories above it all. Or Raised | An Urban Rooftop Bar for industrial-chic vibes. Stop by AIRE for 360-degree skyline views, or Boleo for Latin American flavor, or Cindy’s for breathtaking views of Millennium Park. Take your perfect fall day to new heights.
While you’re at it, enjoy a nice, comforting meal in the Loop. Check out all your dining options here.
With a new season comes a new wardrobe, and State Street in the Loop is the perfect place to update your closet for fall (and winter... yes, it’s coming!). Stop by Macy’s for classic and contemporary styles, Target or Old Navy for quick essentials, UNIQLO for simple, clean pieces, Nordstrom Rack for discounts on name brands, and Block 37 for a variety of shops all in one convenient mall (especially if it’s a particularly cool day). See all your Loop shopping options here.
Fall in Chicago cannot be beat—the crisp air, the sunshine, the changing leaves are a true thing of beauty. Luckily, the Loop has a ton of fantastic public space where you can enjoy being outside. Check out Maggie Daley Park to simply enjoy the green space or plan out some fun activities for adults and children alike. Take a stroll along the Chicago Riverwalk to appreciate the city’s breathtaking architecture along the waterfront or linger for a drink along the way. Enjoy Millennium Park’s vast green space, iconic public art and performances at Jay Pritzker Pavilion. And chill out on The Gateway, a street median-turned-“people plaza” in the middle of State Street at Lake. Enjoy your lunch, or just soak in the sounds of the bustling urban environment. Find other parks and plazas in the Loop here.
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