We asked Concierge Kristen Klus of Four Seasons Hotel Chicago to gather the savviest sight-seeing suggestions she could find—not just her own, but also those of other local connoisseurs, including some she works with every day at the Hotel. Discover the glittering city beside the lake, with its iconic architecture, art, sports, shopping and fine dining.
Head to Randolph or Jefferson streets in the Warehouse District, which are lined with some of Chicago’s best restaurants: Blackbird and its sister wine bar, Avec, as well as Sepia, and newcomers Au Cheval and Nellcôte. Avec, which also has a lengthy beer list, is known for its selection of artisan cheeses from Spain, Italy, France and Portugal. At Blackbird, you might start with a Blue Hill Bay bouchot mussel bisque and finish with bubble-gum ice cream served with fresh fruit. Au Cheval brings an old school French diner to life with an edgy, unfinished room, and Sepia’s antique chic space perfectly complements its contemporary American menu and classic cocktails.
Architecture Boat Tour
Chicago is the birthplace of modern American architecture. You can see 50 of the city’s most significant buildings during the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s boat tour on the Chicago River. Every tour is led by a CAF-certified docent. The CAF also conducts walking tours of many neighbourhoods.
Balani at 10 S. LaSalle in the Loop offers men’s suits, while Optimo, on the Southside, is one of the last traditional men’s hatters. For the women, SARCA and ikram are boutiques that feature the latest in trendsetting fashion. Women can design their own purses and bags at 1154 Lill Studio in Lincoln Park.
Chicago is known for its sports teams, but if we had to pick just one, we’d catch a Cubs game at one of America’s greatest ballparks, Wrigley Field. If you’re not a baseball fan, or not here in baseball season, there’s football, basketball, hockey, soccer and lacrosse, and the Chicagoland Speedway in nearby Joliet for NASCAR races just an hour outside the city.