Caroline Patek

Correspondent

  • New York City, NY, USA

Caroline Patek is a correspondent who lives in New York and covers the area for Forbes Travel Guide. The Georgetown University graduate worked in the editorial departments at National Geographic Kids and Washington Life Magazine and in digital media at Discovery Channel. Patek has traveled around the globe, and her favorite spots are Istanbul, Tokyo and Paris.

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    When is the best time to visit Chicago?

    Millennium Park Anyone who's read anything about Chicago weather knows that the city endures brutal winters. Therefore, the optimal time to book a trip to the Windy City is when the temperatures rise during the summer months. Chicagoans can't wait for summer — you'll find throngs of people out and about along Lake Michigan's waterfront, hanging in the parks, shopping at outdoor farmer's markets and brunching out in the open air. 

    Summertime is also when you can truly take advantage of Chicago's outdoor music scene. Millennium Park hosts regular outdoor concerts led by a variety of artists, and the Pitchfork and Lollapalooza music festivals are hugely popular with both locals and visitors.
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    When is the best time to visit Chicago?

    Millennium Park Anyone who's read anything about Chicago weather knows that the city endures brutal winters. Therefore, the optimal time to book a trip to the Windy City is when the temperatures rise during the summer months. Chicagoans can't wait for summer — you'll find throngs of people out and about along Lake Michigan's waterfront, hanging in the parks, shopping at outdoor farmer's markets and brunching out in the open air. 

    Summertime is also when you can truly take advantage of Chicago's outdoor music scene. Millennium Park hosts regular outdoor concerts led by a variety of artists, and the Pitchfork and Lollapalooza music festivals are hugely popular with both locals and visitors.
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    What are the best places to eat in Istanbul?

    Rooftop Terrace at Mikla (Mecit Gulaydin) One of my favorite things about Istanbul's dining scene is the unbelievable views from some of its top restaurants. Between the Bosphorus and the scattering of rich historical sites throughout the city, there's no shortage of picture-perfect vistas. 

    360 Istanbul is set atop a building in Beyoglu, and true to its name, it provides 360 views of the city. Large windows offer those sitting inside grand vistas, but you'll want to be seated on the balcony. The menu is filled with traditional Turkish fare and the cocktails are a must — the mojito I ordered is forever ingrained in my memory.

    Mikla restaurant is another one of my favorite Istanbul spots. Perched at the top of the Marmara Pera hotel (where I stayed during my trip), chef Mehmet Gürs combines Turkish and Scandinavian cuisine for dishes such as North Aegean octopus with cauliflower and arugula cream. Yet again, the views of some of Istanbul's most famous sites aren't to be missed —  including the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and Blue Mosque —  and the restaurant's rooftop terrace bar is great for a pre- or post-dinner drink (or two).