Downtown Chicago

Guide to downtown Chicago.

Holiday Shopping Downtown: Treat Yourself While Checking off Your Gift List

Visit unique shops in Chicago’s downtown to find gifts for everyone on your list, while having a little fun yourself!

Higher Learning: Bringing a Whole New Meaning to “Chicago School”

Chicago’s architecture has influenced American architecture more than any other. Many of our most notable buildings come from influences from the “Chicago School.”

Au Cheval (Restaurant, West Loop)

Location: 800 W. Randolph St. Phone: (312) 929-4580 Website: Cuisine: Diner Reservations: Not Taken Walking into Au Cheval on a Friday […]

Slurping Turtle (Restaurant, River North)

Location: 116 W. Hubbard Phone: (312) 464-0466 Website: Cuisine: Noodles Reservations: Not Taken Slurping turtle was an answer to my prayers. […]

Publican Quality Meats (Restaurant/Market, West Loop)

My first thought after one minute of browsing Publican Quality Meats was simply “how did it take this long for a place like this to exist?”

Drinking and Writing Theater

Some things were just meant to be together. The Drinking and Writing Theater hits the nail on the head combining two acts that can play an influential and enhancing role in the experience of each.

The (Secret) Intercontinental Hotel Tour

These things are usually reserved for cryptic messages written in invisible ink behind the canvas of the Mona Lisa. I’m speaking of Dan Brownian searches, the mystery hidden in plain view; I’m talking about the Intercontinental Hotel.

Required Reading: Sin in the Second City

In Karen Abbott’s Sin in the Second City readers can learn about the Levee, Chicago’s red-light district. At the heart of it all was the Everleigh Club.

The Chicago Pedway

The Chicago Pedway

Oh, the Chicago Pedway. What a perfectly unique quirk in this city full of surprises. This underground system of tunnels connects Chicago’s Loop, a fascinating and functional city below the city.

Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

Chicago’s famous fashion avenue dresses up in over one million lights for the 20th annual Magnificent Mile Lights Festival this Saturday November 19.

Museum of Contemporary Art

The Museum of Contemporary Art is the largest museum of its kind and introduces visitors to a whole new realm of art where unusual is the norm.

Fogo de Chão (Restaurant, River North)

Fogo de Chão (Restaurant, River North)

This is one of those beloved “not just for tourists” downtown institutions. In this room, with this service, with this food, it would be near impossible not to feel like a pampered star nestled in the lap of luxury.

The Harris Theater at Millennium Park

The Harris Theater at Millennium Park

Situated directly behind the Pritzker Pavilion, the Harris theater is one of the gems in the Millennium Park crown and, as of 2003, one of the great venues in Chicago for viewing dance and music events.

City Gallery at the Historic Water Tower

City Gallery at the Historic Water Tower

The City Gallery, located inside of Chicago’s historic Water Tower, is definitely worth checking out if you’re shopping along Michigan Avenue. Especially, if you’re in need of a break from the hustle and bustle of the crowded Gold Coast streets.