What are you thankful for?
This is a question that you’re bound to hear, and maybe even ask yourself, around this time of year.
At Baird & Warner, we’re no different. As all the classic signs of fall return to Chicagoland, our thoughts turn to where our incredible community has been — and where it’s going.
Chicagoland is in our DNA. We’ve been here for more than 160 years, and we know it inside and out. And yet, we always find something new and surprising to celebrate about this amazing area.
With this in mind, we wanted to share five things about Chicagoland we’re grateful for, during the Thanksgiving season and all year long!
1.) The Architecture
Looking for something to be inspired by in Chicagoland? Just look up!
Chicago is home to some of the tallest buildings in the world — and, in fact, is widely considered to be the birthplace of the modern “skyscraper.” The city has been called one of America’s architectural capitals, and for good reason. The Chicago skyline is a majestic icon, and the city’s rich and diverse array of buildings speak for themselves, from the famous “corn cobs” of Marina City to the renaissance revival facade of the Wrigley Building.
And outside of the Loop, Chicagoland is full of architectural wonders. The Chicagoland region was something of a playground for legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright, and you can see this modern master’s work standing proudly in communities all across Illinois. Similarly, architect Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House, in Plano, is considered to be one of the most important modernist homes in America.
So, no matter where you go in Chicagoland, take a look around; you could be in the vicinity of some of the most impressive architecture you’ll find anywhere.
2.) The Food
In a lot of ways, the Chicagoland region is synonymous with good food — and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
There’s something to satisfy every taste in Chicagoland. We’ve truly got it all, from the upscale fine dining of the West Loop and River North, to the iconic Chicago-style hot dog you’ll find at your favorite local stand.
And that’s not all. Chicagoland is also the home to some true originals, from world famous deep dish pizza, to the dripping-with-goodness Italian beef sandwich, to the rich and tomatoey breaded steak sandwich from Bridgeport.
We hope you’re hungry — because you’re never far from absolutely amazing and unique eats here in Chicagoland.
3.) The Natural Beauty
Whether your thing is hiking, biking, fishing, birding, or simply relaxing in the beauty of nature, the Chicagoland area is a great place to call home.
There’s an abundance of natural beauty to enjoy here, and always something new to discover. From the endless blue waters of Lake Michigan to the stunning walking trails of the Chicago Botanic Garden and the Morton Arboretum, you’re never very far from nature in the Chicagoland area.
And we’ve barely scratched the surface. There are hundreds and hundreds of acres of parks and forest preserves all over Illinois, all crying out to be discovered. If you’re looking to get out into nature, Chicagoland has you covered. Why not take a trip over to Starved Rock State Park, Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, or Kankakee River State Park for the amazing vistas and outdoor fun?
4.) The Live Comedy and Theater
Whether you’re looking to laugh, cry, or gasp in surprise, Chicagoland’s live theater scene has something to keep you entertained.
When it comes to comedy, Chicago is sort of a big deal. Our area is home to some of the most legendary comedy theaters in the world, including The Second City, iO, and The Annoyance. Chicago is widely thought of as the go-to spot for improv and sketch comedy, and countless performers have called Chicagoland their creative home over the years, including Saturday Night Live alums like Chris Farley, Tina Fey, and Amy Poehler, as well as Daily Show vets like Steve Carell and Stephen Colbert.
And when you’re looking for dramatic theater, performed by some of the brightest stars around, Chicagoland has you covered — all for just the price of a ticket. The Writers Theatre in Glencoe serves up thrills and drama on a regular basis, as do the Northlight Theatre in Skokie and Oakbrook Terrace’s Drury Lane Theatre. Then there’s the world-famous Steppenwolf Theatre in Lincoln Park, which has launched some of the most famous plays in American history, shepherded to life by artists like Gary Sinise, Laurie Metcalf, and Tarell Alvin McCraney.
5.) The Music
Do you hear a song in the air? No matter where you go in Chicagoland, you’re likely treading in the footsteps of some of the most iconic musicians in American history.
For a start, Chicagoland is widely considered to be one of the birthplaces of the Blues. Over the years, Chicago has played host to iconic Blues labels like Chess and Cobra, and was the launching point for artists like Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Buddy Guy, and countless others.
Today, you’ll still find blues music pouring out of venues all across Chicagoland — along with all sorts of other tunes. In fact, Chicagoland is one of the biggest musical destinations in the entire country.
Our region hosts some of the longest-running and most iconic music festivals around, including the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, the oldest outdoor music festival in the U.S.
And any night of the week, you’ll find live music and concerts in spots all around Chicagoland. Rosemont, for example, plays host to some of the biggest acts in music at Allstate Arena and the Rosemont Theater. In Evanston, you’ll find local and touring acts in spaces like Evanston Rocks and SPACE. Or make your way over to Joliet, where venues like the Rialto Square and The Forge concert hall play host to a wide variety of musical events.
At Baird & Warner, we’re proud of the role we’ve played in shaping Chicagoland history since 1855. We get you. Whether you’re looking for a new home, or just a recommendation on a great place to eat in your new neighborhood, talk to your local Baird & Warner agent. Our hyperlocal experts always have tips, secrets, and stories to share.