Concierge Recommendations


Aug 2, 2012
Reflection in Cloud Gate sculpture in Millennium Park, Chicago
See the reflection of the skyline in the Cloud Gate sculpture in Millennium Park.
Photography © Cesar Russ REALVIEWS™ Photography, © Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau

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.

Restaurant Row

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.

Shop Talk

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.

Sport Time

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.



4 Comments about Chicago

  1. Rudi says:

    I highly recommend the Architecture Boat tour. I visited Chicago in 2010, in early spring. The tour was brilliant and I really fell in love with Chicago’s architecture. The mix or old art-deco buildings, modern skyscrapers and sheer scale of Chicago made for an amazing experience. Not mentioned, but I also highly recommend going up the John Hancock centre for genuinely incredible views.

  2. ron cowley says:

    Hi – looking forward to our 1st ever Chicago visit for 5 nights from 12th July, just after we attend a friend’s wedding in Rochester.
    Any tips for concerts which are lined up through these dates-moders to older pop/country/blues music?
    Hope you can help.
    Ron & Moyra from Glasgow,Scotland

    • Kelly Neubeiser says:

      Hi Ron,

      Thank you so much for your comment! I’ve forwarded your request onto the Hotel so someone can be in contact with you directly.

      Thanks for reading,

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