A recent trip into Chicago down town led to exploring some of the quieter streets, parks and local attractions. First up we walked around ‘the loop’. this is the main district with building and skyscrapers, so called because the main subway loops around, its suspended above the main road. The French market along Clinton street is delightful and full of amazing foods, worth a stop. We then wandered along the river walkway which is lovely. Its almost underneath the main city and is scattered with sculptures and place to sit and watch life go by, along the way you get to see lots of the main buildings, river barges and suspension bridges. If you have time there are plenty of river cruises and kayaks available to see Chicago from the water way. walking all the way along to Lake shore drive takes you to the Navy pier, much more lively in summer this pier has some random entertainment options, and an awesome ballroom. It has a great view of the cityscape. It also showcases the lake pretty well too, you’d almost never know it was a lake its so vast! From here you can either wander north to Lincoln park Zoo -which is free and worth a visit, its nestled in the main intersection and is a little haven away from the bustle of the city, the walk up along the lake front is pretty and the beach really feels like a beach. I tried Divvy – having used lots of Boris bikes in London, these are basically the same system and are good for getting around. They are a bit of a faff and its not obvious where the stations are located but it means you can see more. There are also lots of segway tours – but I cant take them seriously. South from Navy pier are a collection of parks which have great cycle and walk ways, from here you can see the planetarium. This also leads to millennium park which was a favourite, it is touristy but its really pretty, the bean makes a great photo opp, the walkway and The Art Institute Chicago are fantastic. You are spoilt for choice on food options on the main street or magnificent mile.