>Yesterday my CEO proposed that I should go to the head-office of the
>international law-firm I'm currently working for. I was totally and
>pleasantly surprised, as this means I'll be in Chicago for two weeks, my
>first time "across the pond".
An absolute must-see is the Art Institute, with one of the most
important collections of impressionists in the world, lots of great
20th century stuff, a breathtaking set of stained glass windows by
Chagall, and much much more worth seeing than you can see in a day or
maybe even two.
If you like natural history museums, the Field Institute is also a
must-see. I recommend highly their re-creation of the interior of an
Egyptian pyramid, and there are lots of great dinosaurs if you like
that sort of thing.
An architectural highlight in addition to the Wright buildings would
be the campus designed by van der Rohe. (No Ionian white or gold
here!) Unfortunately, I cannot recall if it was the University of
Chicago or the Chicago Institute of Technology. The tourism website
probably says so, or perhaps someone else on the list can help. In
addition, lots of the downtown buildings have architectural interest.
Regarding the deep-dish pizza, I recommend Giordano's which has at
least two and probably three locations in the downtown area. Of
course, there are lots of good restaurants of many varieties.
And way, way, way, off-topic, Chicago is a great sports city if you
are a fan. The Chicago soccer (voetball?) team is one of the best
in the our league (the MLS). If you want a truly American
experience, go to a Cubs baseball game at Wrigley Field. (The White
Sox also play in Chicago, but if you have a choice at all, choose the
Cubs at Wrigley). Be warned that the rules of baseball are byzantine
to the uninitiated, as I discovered when I was trying to explain them
in my broken Italian to a cousin (the word "out" can be used in at
least three different ways!). And if you don't like it, it is
dreadfully boring. But I expect that the atmosphere at Wrigley Field
would provide an enlightening cultural experience for the curious.
The trick will be to set up your business trip so you don't have to work!