Garfield Park Conservatory
Cruise solo to the Garfield Park Conservatory, where the flora blooms gloriously and the iconic Fern Room is finally open to the public after four years of restoration. This is basically the summer to visit. Bring a book.
100 N. Central Park Ave. (map)
Biggs Cigar Emporium
Occupying a lofty Gold Coast mansion, Biggs Cigar Emporium offers the finest stogies and a cozy members’ club atmosphere to enjoy ‘em. Pop in, sit back and light one up inside; or take to the garden seating in the secluded anterior patio.
1150 N. Dearborn St. (map)
Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool
If you’ve never strolled the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool, you’ve been missing out on a beloved hidden oasis steps away from the beach, smack dab in the middle of the city. The perfect quick escape.
Next to Lincoln Park Zoo (map)
1. IDENTIFY Look at your supervisor’s calendar. Find a day he/she plans to be out. Chances are you won’t be taking many marching orders that day. That’s your day.
2. WARNING SHOT Late on the eve of the chosen day, send an advanced notice to your team. “I’m not feeling so hot, gang. Stomach issues.” No one will ever ask you to elaborate on stomach issues.
3. LOOK THE PART The day after your Bueller-inspired escapades, tactfully display a bottle each of Pepto Bismol and Tums on your desk. Being wildly hungover probably won’t hurt your case, either.