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features Bloomingdale's, Neiman Marcus and dozens of high-profile retailers. Near the end of the 13-block stretch, high-end boutiques such as Hermès, Tory Burch and Jimmy Choo line Oak Street. For urban chic, visit Block 37 mall, 32 South State (the Footaction store of Chicago Bulls great and Hornets' owner Michael Jordan) and other spots in The Loop. Crown Fountain, Art Institute Not into shopping? Amble from Wildberry Pancakes across the street to Millennium Park to see the city's iconic Cloud Gate sculpture, a popular selfie spot affectionately dubbed "The Bean" for its shape. The nearly 25-acre park, home to Pritzker Pavilion and Lurie Garden, is a great spot for meandering or picnicking. The park also hosts many free summer concerts, including the Chicago Blues Festival June 8-10. Nearby are Crown Fountain, the Chicago Cultural Center and the Art Institute of Chicago. The fountain consists of two, 50-foot towers with water flowing over projected, changing images, as well as a popular public wading pool. The cultural center is home to the world's largest stained-glass Tiffany dome and offers free events, including the Chicago Jazz Festival on Labor Day Weekend. For many years, TripAdvisor has ranked The Art Institute as one of the top museums in the world. The institute's approximately 300,000 works, ranging from ancient to contemporary art, feature the largest Impressionist collection outside of Paris, at more than 100 pieces. Beyond the center city, and ideal for all ages, Chicago offers outstanding science museums and the Lincoln Park Zoo. Purchasing a Chicago CitiPASS or Go Chicago Card will get you into many of the attractions faster than buying tickets on - site, and are a good value if sightseeing for several days. North of downtown, "Wrigleyville" offers bars and restaurants near historic Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs. The Chicago White Sox and the WNBA's Chicago Sky play at the opposite end of the city. It's a simple "L" ride from downtown to see any of the teams. "Chicago is so well laid out and easy to get around," Fricke says. "But I think it's worth taking the slow route, either walk it or bike it if you can. There are just so many places you come to where you think, this is something I haven't seen, and it's so cool." S E R V I N G T H E B A L L A N T Y N E C O M M U N I T Y S I N C E 2 0 0 7 E Y E C A R E • L A S I K • E Y E W E A R • C O N TAC T S 11030 Golf Links Drive, Suite 204 704.943.5110 NOW OPEN & ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS! Rea Farms on Golf Links Drive BALLANTYNE SUMMER 2018 83 Escape Paula Fricke with one of her favorite baseball stars, at Wrigley Field.

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