One of the things that makes Chicago fantastic is the effort to put parks in commercialized areas, like the famous and “infamous” cross streets around Rush Street, also known as “Viagra Triangle“. In all fairness, there is a large variety of people roaming this area day and night but perhaps the best people-watching comes from the older men in opulent cars and suits with fresh-faced young beauties on their arms any given weekend. Whether you are coming to watch or be watched, this is a great spot to see and be seen on the weekend with your coffee and dog.
#JenTips for travelers and locals at Mariano Park:
- Grab a gelato, coffee or espresso at the outdoor cafe
- If you have to smoke, do it on the ends of the park; the wind shifts quickly and then your smoke is in everyone’s face
- If you can’t find a chair at first, be patient and one will pop up
- Expect to see some wacky characters