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  • Rosalind Cummings-Yeates | August 2, 2016 11:00 PM ET

    3 Far Afield Cultures to Experience in Chicago

    3 Far Afield Cultures to Experience in Chicago

    Photo courtesy of Slurping Turtle

    Chicago is literally a world-class city. Not only can you sample an array of impressive architecture, art and cuisine but also you can experience the traditions and cultures of most destinations around the world right in Chi-town. So if you’ve always fantasized about an around the world trip, jet to Chicago and check out these activities. It will save you tons in airline ticket fees.


    A visit to Japan is incomplete without tasting a steaming bowl of ramen, so the acclaimed Slurping Turtle in River North fits the bill with authentic noodles served with generous cups of sake. Chef Takashi whips up the dishes as a recreation of his childhood food memories in Japan.

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    Head over to Hyde Park for a dose of natural relaxation at Osaka Japanese Garden. Located behind the Museum of Industry in Jackson Park, Osaka Garden celebrates the links between Japan and Chicago with traditional Japanese plants, including Sakura blooms. Top off your Japanese excursion with a live performance of Japanese Taiko drummers from Taiko Legacy. The troupe performs around the city including a Millennium Park performance on Aug. 5.


    Experience the warmth of Moroccan hospitality at Shokran Restaurant, which supplies traditional dishes like Merguez, a handmade sausage made with lamb, beef and spices, in a vibrant atmosphere. Chug down cups of flavorful mint tea while you watch a live belly dance performance. Then soak up the essential Moroccan hammam experience at J.W. Marriott Hotel. The luxury property offers a bath and steam room that’s such an important part of daily Moroccan culture.

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    For fashionistas, sprawling Kenyan bazaars are the height of style inspiration and you can duplicate the activity at Unan Imports, a Rogers Park emporium filled with African treasures. Scoop up sculptures, carved masks and beaded jewelry in the two-room shop. The Silver Room in Hyde Park also displays a variety of chic, hand-crafted jewelry and leather that you’d find in Nairobi. After non-stop shopping, stroll over to Portage Grounds Cafe for a soothing cup of Kenyan coffee.

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Rosalind Cummings-Yeates Far-Sighted Field Notes

Rosalind Cummings-Yeates Rosalind Cummings-Yeates is a journalist, author and blogger who specializes in travel and culture topics. She loves guiding readers through the richness of various cultures and discovering the essence of a destination. Her travel and culture blog, Farsighted Fly Girl, offers travel insights through the music, food, art and history of various countries and cultures. Join her on the journey at www.Rosalindcummingsyeates.
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