If you waited until now to make your holiday vacation plans, you will likely encounter a wall of sold-out hotels in the Caribbean, Costa Rica, the Rockies and many other famous winter getaways. But a little creativity goes a long way, and if you travel just a little off the beaten track, some amazing destinations await discovery.
The shopping mecca of Michigan Avenue, the Art Institute of Chicago and the uber-crowded Taste of Chicago festival are some of the more well-known attractions the city offers.
A top priority of my recent stay was to visit The Modern Wing at The Art Institute of Chicago . The work of renowned Italian architect Renzo Piano, this new pavilion-like structure is topped with a “carpet” of 2,000 aluminum blades.
Hailed by many as the best restaurant in America, Michelin three-star Alinea is certainly among the most interesting. Chef Grant Achatz confounds all expectations of what fine dining should be with a 19-course meal that pushes boundaries.
I’ve always loved Chicago for its inspiring cityscapes, vibrant streets, rich cultural life, superb restaurants and the small-town friendliness of its people. A recent trip served to reconfirm every positive opinion. In addition, we discovered two new and unexpectedly impressive hotels.The Elysian hotel (188 rooms and suites) opened in January 2010 in the prestigious Gold Coast...
Sixteen. Located on the 16th floor of the new Trump hotel in Chicago, this superb restaurant has a wall of glass that affords an unforgettable view of the Wrigley Building. Our meal included delicious servings of prime rib.