Top 5 Things To Do In Chicago After Interviewing At Gartner

header-buildingAre you interested in joining our team in Chicago? Gartner’s office is located in the heart of Chicago, right above the Merchandise Mart, at River North Point with views of the Chicago River on three sides. The building has been LEED certified and shown to offer a healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green building, fitting well with Gartner’s global focus on sustainability. All associates in our Chicago location have access to the building’s more than 25,000 square feet of tenant-only amenity space that includes a 10,000+ square-foot high-end fitness center with club-like programming, a newly landscaped rooftop deck and a brand new 10,000 square-foot lounge and conference facility. Within a short distance there is so much to do that Carol Olsen, Senior Commercial Support Manager, and Sarah Kraus, Senior Account Executive, share the top five things they would do after interviewing at Gartner’s amazing office.

  1. Eat the food

foodChicago’s greatest pride is our food. No other city comes close to offering the wide variety of cuisine to satisfy all palates. Take your pick of indulgent fast-food options like Lou Malnati’s deep-dish pizza, Au Cheval’s juicy cheeseburgers or Portillo’s famous Italian Beef sandwiches (don’t forget the hot peppers!). The more refined diner can find 26 Michelin-starred restaurants, including Longman & Eagle, Alinea and Topolobampo. Chicago is also unrivaled in its variety of ethnic food offerings. Neighborhoods like Chinatown, Greektown, Pilsen and Ukrainian Village are booming with authentic and tantalizing options reminiscent of their home countries’ flavor.

  1. Catch a sports game

What’s your fancy? ’Cause we got that! Chicago is the premier sports capital of the Midwest, boasting award-winning teams such as six-time Stanley Cup winners the Chicago Blackhawks, the 2016 World Series champions, the Chicago Cubs, and more recently, Loyola University’s men’s basketball team, with their all-star run in the 2017 NCAA tournament. And just off the lake, don’t forget to check out historic Soldier Field, which hosts our beloved Chicago Bears. Each year in the fall, you can cheer for the 45,000 runners zooming past the stadium in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon!

  1. Have a laugh

It’s easy to do here. Chicago is home to countless comedy clubs, independent shows and open mics. From improv to stand-up, Chicago’s comedy scene is famous for feeding talent directly into late-night TV such as Comedy Central and Saturday Night Live. Some of Chicago’s most famous alums are Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Chris Farley, Tim Meadows, Stephen Colbert, and the list goes on. They all got their start in Chicago, performing at places like the Second City, The Annoyance and the iO Theater. Want to get in on the action? These famous comedy spots offer improvisation and stand-up classes for all levels of comedy enthusiasts.

  1. Get out on the water

boatPristine crystal-blue Lake Michigan provides Chicagoans with 26 miles of enjoyable beaches and shoreline. Bring your bike or rent a Divvy and traverse the lakefront trail from Edgewater down past the Adler Planetarium and all the way south to the Museum of Science and Industry. Ride the Ferris wheel at Navy Pier and pick out the best boat for your afternoon architecture tour. Even locals agree that the city skyline is best viewed from a Chicago river boat tour.

  1. Take in the history

When asked “What is Chicago famous for?” most people can tell you about the great Chicago fire, mobsters, prohibition and Al Capone. They could even tell you that Chicago is named “the windy city” because of our long-winded politicians (although, don’t get us wrong, it is really windy here, too!). But did you know we are the undisputed birthplace of the blues and Twinkies, and the home of the 1893 World’s Fair where Pabst Blue Ribbon beer and Cracker Jack were first introduced?

Visit Chicago! Immerse yourself in 185 years of politics, art, culture, food and music, but don’t forget to apply to an open position at Gartner in Chicago.

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