So I imagine when visitors travel to Chicago they are tempted to spend the bulk of their time in the tourist-ville downtown area of the Loop and the Gold Coast. These conventional parts of the city do contain the most well-known architecture, museums, restaurants, and the commercial shopping district of the Magnificent Mile.
This list of 41 Places to Go in 2011 from the New York Times has some of the usual suspects, like Milan, London and Turkey’s Erzurum? This list actually delves into some new territory, as it identifies some new places on your “to-do” list.
One major reason there are so many new names on the list is because many of these destinations are revitalizing and ramping up their assets to give tourists and travelers a good time. Take for example, Poland’s version of “the Hamptons,” Sopot:
Sopot and the neighboring city of Gdansk (formerly known as Danzig) are gearing up for the 2012 European soccer championships, which will take place throughout Poland and Ukraine. Already there has been a flurry of openings, including a new boutique-style Hilton in Gdansk’s historic center, the Ergo Arena between Sopot and Gdansk (Lady Gaga was one of the first to perform), and a symphony hall with a stylish restaurant in Gdansk that was formerly a power plant. But the biggest debut is further off: the reopening of the beloved Forest Opera, an amphitheater in Sopot, which by 2012 should have 1,000 additional seats and a new roof.
It seems that this list is definitely worth checking out!