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Local Food + Drink
This one-of-a-kind restaurant is housed in the garden courtyard of the RH Chicago, where guests can dine underneath the atrium or lounge in the wine vault.
3rd Coast Café
Enjoy dishes with locally sourced ingredients at a vintage location that has been home to many famous restaurants since the 1920s.
This classically Italian neighborhood restaurant is a hidden gem that has been serving the Gold Coast since 1995.
Maple & Ash
Run by Executive Chef Danny Grant, who’s been awarded two Michelin stars, this modern steakhouse is known for wood-fired steaks and hearth-roasted seafood towers.
Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria
A world-famous restaurant, Lou Malnati’s has remained a staple for Chicago deep-dish pizza for over 50 years.
Gibson’s Bar and Steakhouse
Visit the original location of this Chicago icon for filet mignon, burgers basted with steak sauce, fresh fish, and more.
Blue Door Kitchen & Garden
Taking the term “farm to table” to the next level is the specialty of Blue Door Kitchen, where seasonality and sustainability control the menu.
Shore Club (Seasonal)
Make the most of summertime in Chicago by dining at Shore Club on the North Avenue Beach, where stunning views of Lake Michigan and fun lawn activities are added bonuses.
Lincoln Park Zoo
See more than 1,100 animals—sloths, penguins, rhinos, and more—up close at one of the nation’s oldest zoos. Admission is free.
Free and open to the public, the rare book collections at this well-known research library are a must-see for literature and history buffs.
Oak Street Beach
Soak up the sun with beach chair rentals, sporting equipment, and tasty café dining at this popular summer location.
The place where countless comedians got their start, Second City is a renowned comedy and improv club that continues to produce innovative talent.
Arts + Culture
Chicago History Museum
One of the city’s oldest cultural institutions, the Chicago History Museum has built and bolstered its collection since 1856.
Museum of Contemporary Art
Come experience thousands of works in one of the world’s largest contemporary art venues, an embodiment of today’s culture.
International Museum of Surgical Science
The fascinating history of medicine and surgical science is on full display through exhibits, galleries, and artifacts from around the world.
Located along the Michigan Avenue shopping scene, this art gallery and curating group specializes in engaging exhibits that highlight modern art and upcoming artists.
This 20th-century mansion now houses the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, which was founded to enhance the role of architecture in society.
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Founded in 1857 as the first private scientific museum in Chicago, and then the city’s first public museum in 1869, this institution has remained the center of local culture and community education.
Oak Street District
If you’re looking for luxury boutiques, jewelers, and top-tier designers, then Oak Street District is the perfect place to start your shopping spree.
Michigan Avenue (Magnificent Mile)
It’s called the Magnificent Mile for a reason—this stretch of Michigan Avenue harbors over 450 retailers and 3 vertical shopping centers with their own individual perks.
900 North Michigan Shops
Shop seven floors of luxury retailers, like Bloomingdale’s and Gucci, inside this historic skyscraper, a Magnificent Mile landmark.
Water Tower Place
Browse more than 100 stores—from The Art of Dr. Seuss to Sephora—at this 8-story vertical mall on the Magnificent Mile.
American Girl Place
Kids can find their favorite historical or modern American Girl dolls plus many accessories inside this popular Water Tower Place destination, which includes a bookstore, dining, and specialty shops.
Breitling has pioneered luxury timepieces since 1884, and continues to make a name in fashion, sports, and aviation.