Insider Tips on the Best Way to Experience Chicago with Jason Lesniewicz

Insider Tips on the Best Way to Experience Chicago with Jason Lesniewicz

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Guests: Jason Lesniewicz
Insider Tips on the Best Way to Experience Chicago with Jason Lesniewicz

On this episode of MakingChips, Jim talks with Jason Lesniewicz, Director of Cultural Tourism at Choose Chicago, about the best way to experience Chicago. Jason leads Choose Chicago’s cultural tourism strategy positioning as a global, cultural destination to increase visitation and achieve the annual goal of 55 million visitors as set forth by mayor Rahm Emanuel, which they achieved in 2017. Listen to this conversation for ideas and tips on how to enjoy Chicago when you come to IMTS in September.

On this week’s episode of #MakingChips, listen as Jim interviews Jason Lesniewicz, Director of Cultural Tourism at Choose Chicago, who gives insider tips on the best way to experience Chicago during IMTS this year. @JasonZenger @JimCarr1228 Click To Tweet

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The Chicago neighborhoods that set it apart

Chicagoans love their city. Jason Lesniewicz grew up in Chicago and has lived there his entire life. He shares the best way to experience Chicago by describing the unique neighborhoods that set the city apart. From McCormick Place convention center you can either walk or take a short taxi or Uber ride to get to several of these neighborhoods. From Wrigleyville to the West Loop to the Gold Coast, each one provides great dining, entertainment, and cultural opportunities.

3 restaurants you should try in Chicago

Chicago is known for its fantastic food. No matter what you’re craving, you can find it somewhere in Chicago. Jason Lesniewicz shares his top three favorite restaurants. He says the West Loop is the best neighborhood for the Chicago dining scene. He suggests Randolph and Fulton Streets as a great place to start. The area was part of the old warehouse district that has seen a fantastic renovation with great restaurants. The best part about grabbing a bite to eat in the West Loop is that it is only about a mile away from McCormick Place.

On #MakingChips this week, hear about the Chicago neighborhoods that sets the city apart and makes it a prime tourist destination. If you’re going to IMTS this year, this is an episode you don’t want to miss @JasonZenger @JimCarr1228 Click To Tweet

The best way to experience the cultural opportunities Chicago offers

IMTS will be in Chicago in mid-September, which is a beautiful time of year. The humidity begins to drop and the average temperature is in the mid-70s. It will be a great time to experience Chicago and the different cultural opportunities the city has to offer. Chicago is known for its signature layout around the river as well as for its incredible architecture. There are many theaters that often feature off-broadway and pre-broadway shows. During September, there are three sports teams that will be in season, including the Cubs, White Sox, and Bears. During your stay in Chicago, you will want to be sure to explore the many cultural opportunities. Listen as Jason and Jim share more about the city you don’t want to miss during this episode.

3 experiences you can’t miss during your visit to Chicago for IMTS

With all that Chicago has to offer on top of the vast IMTS exhibit space, it might be difficult to decide what experiences you’re going to take in while in Chicago. Just as you should with IMTS, planning ahead is key for making the most of your time experiencing Chicago. Jason and Jim narrow down their top 3 favorite experiences. From sightseeing tours, river cruises and a ride on the Centennial Ferris Wheel, to catching a game at historic Wrigley Field, hear their 3 recommended experiences and make your plans accordingly.

With all the amazing food in Chicago, how do you know which restaurant to choose? #MakingChips is hear to help this week. Listen as Jim and special guest Jason Lesniewicz give their top 3 restaurants you should try in Chicago @JasonZenger @JimCarr1228 Click To Tweet

Here’s The Good Stuff!

  • Manufacturing News: National Association for Manufacturers chief Jay Timmons is touring America to hear from the manufacturing nation around the country
  • What can you expect when you come to Chicago
  • Introduction of Jason Lesniewicz, director of Cultural Tourism at Choose Chicago
  • The diversity and cultural richness of Chicago’s neighborhoods set it apart as a tourist destination
  • Jason gives advice for the best neighborhoods to seek out when you come to Chicago for IMTS
  • Three best restaurants you should check out in the west loop Chicago
  • River North is the old manufacturing neighborhood that has a lot of entertainment
  • Highlights of Chicago for the first time visitor
  • Jason recommends sightseeing options to get the best views of Chicago
  • Three things not to miss in your visit to Chicago for IMTS

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What’s the best way to experience the cultural opportunities Chicago offers? Listen to this episode of #MakingChips to find out the best in entertainment and culture the city has to offer. Then make your plans to experience some during your time… Click To Tweet On #MakingChips this week, Jim interviews guest Jason Lesniewicz, Director of Cultural Tourism at Choose Chicago. Listen as they recommend the top 3 experiences you can’t miss during your visit to Chicago for IMTS. @JasonZenger @JimCarr1228 Click To Tweet