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T+L's Definitive Guide to Chicago
ACME Hotel Company is one of T+L's Definitive Guide to Chicago.

1. ACME Hotel Company

15 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL
Hotel · Near North Side · 47 tips y reseñas

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: This hipster hotel in River North is filled with quirky design touches (red lips on the bathroom mirror; mannequin trapeze artists suspended in the courtyard).

The Godfrey Hotel is one of T+L's Definitive Guide to Chicago.

2. The Godfrey Hotel

8.6
127 W Huron St (at LaSalle St.), Chicago, IL
Hotel · River North · 41 tips y reseñas

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: The tall glass-and-steel structure cuts a commanding figure against the Chicago skyline. High-tech rooms come with iHome docking stations and RFID key cards.

Hotel Lincoln is one of T+L's Definitive Guide to Chicago.

3. Hotel Lincoln

8.3
1816 N Clark St (at Lincoln Ave.), Chicago, IL
Hotel · Old Town Triangle · 47 tips y reseñas

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: A Mad Men–meets–The Brady Bunch–style lobby, with tweed upholstered furniture and bow-tied bellhops, welcomes you to this refurbished 1928 property opposite the park.

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4. The Langham, Chicago

9.2
330 N Wabash Ave (At the Chicago River), Chicago, IL
Hotel · Near North Side · 50 tips y reseñas

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: In a landmark Mies van der Rohe building, the Langham is awash in mid-20th-century grandeur, from the Dirk Lohan–designed lobby to the Bauhaus artwork by Judy Ledgerwood and Anish Kapoor.

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5. Ambassador Chicago

8.0
1301 N State Pkwy (at E Goethe St), Chicago, IL
Hotel · Gold Coast · 55 tips y reseñas

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: Ian Schrager’s Chicago hotel remains a local favorite: the revamped Pump Room restaurant is one of the hottest tables in town.

Thompson Chicago is one of T+L's Definitive Guide to Chicago.

6. Thompson Chicago

9.3
21 E Bellevue Pl (Rush), Chicago, IL
Hotel · Gold Coast · 20 tips y reseñas

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: Industrial-chic interiors, the work of British designer Tara Bernerd, are done up in concrete, brick, and wood; guest rooms have turquoise velvet sofas and black marble-topped tables.

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7. Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago

7.8
401 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL
Hotel · Near North Side · 103 tips y reseñas

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: Everything here is over the top: the 23,000-square-foot spa, 24-chair salon owned by celebrity stylist Anthony Cristiano, and personal attaché service (which includes access to a Cadillac).

Park Hyatt Chicago is one of T+L's Definitive Guide to Chicago.

8. Park Hyatt Chicago

9.1
800 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL
Hotel · Streeterville · 29 tips y reseñas

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: Occupying 18 floors in a 67-story high-rise overlooking Chicago Avenue, Park Hyatt has a covetable central location. Rooms incorporate reproduction Eames furniture and oversize soaking tubs.

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9. The Peninsula

108 E Superior St, Chicago (at N Michigan Ave.), Chicago, IL
Hotel · The Loop · 68 tips y reseñas

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: At this stately property, the concierge greets you by name; classical music plays when you enter your room; and your bedside table has a control panel to alert housekeeping when you want service.

ikram is one of T+L's Definitive Guide to Chicago.

10. ikram

7.8
15 E Huron St (btwn N State St & N Wabash Ave), Chicago, IL
Boutique · Near North Side · 13 tips y reseñas

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: Israeli retailer Ikram Goldman's 16,000-square-foot fashion emporium in the Gold Coast carries daring statement pieces (Viktor & Rolf ruffled black leather jackets; flirty Lanvin dresses).

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11. Modern Cooperative

1215 W 18th St (at Allport), Chicago, IL
Tienda de muebles/artículos para el hogar · Pilsen · 7 tips y reseñas

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: Best bets at this Midcentury Modern furniture and housewares store in historic Thalia Hall: cutting boards by locally based Solo Home Design, created from reclaimed wood and recycled bike parts.

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12. Scout Chicago

6.7
5221 N Clark St, Chicago, IL
Tienda de muebles/artículos para el hogar · Andersonville · 7 tips y reseñas

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: For Chicago’s finest selection of antiques, head to this beautifully edited shop in Andersonville. On any given day you might find a bespoke Edward Fields rug or a lamp by designer Ted Harris.

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13. Sofia

8.2
100 E Walton St (btw michigan ave & rush), Chicago, IL
Boutique · Streeterville · 4 tips y reseñas

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: The racks at this young entrepreneur’s Gold Coast boutique are filled with lesser-known American designers such as Nicholas K and Timo Weiland. Look out for her signature candle collection.

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14. Instituto de Arte de Chicago

9.5
(The Art Institute of Chicago)
111 S Michigan Ave (btwn Monroe St & Jackson Dr), Chicago, IL
Museo de arte · Grant Park · 672 tips y reseñas

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: The Renzo Piano–designed Modern Wing at the renowned museum showcases contemporary art and design. The original Beaux-Arts building has a great collection of Post-Impressionist paintings.

15. Aspect/Ratio

119 N Peoria St, Chicago, IL
Galería de arte · West Town · 1 tip

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: Come here for forward-thinking installations by emerging and established talents, and the city’s only video art space. Highlights include Spanish artist Casilda Sánchez and Tel Aviv–born Einat Amir.

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16. Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise

9.4
112 E Wacker Dr (at Michigan Ave), Chicago, IL
Facilitador del tour · 89 tips y reseñas

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: The best way to learn about the city’s historic buildings (the Tribune Tower; Merchandise Mart) is on a boat tour run by Chicago Architecture Foundation guides.

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17. The Second City

9.3
1616 N Wells St (btwn Concord Ln & North Ave), Chicago, IL
Restaurante con show humorístico · Old Town Triangle · 152 tips y reseñas

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: The 54-year-old sketch comedy club has been turning out A-list stars—Tina Fey; Steve Carell; Stephen Colbert—for more than 50 years, and is still the place to catch fledgling writers and actors.

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18. Steppenwolf Theatre Company

9.3
1650 N Halsted St (btwn Willow St & North Ave), Chicago, IL
Teatro · North Side · 40 tips y reseñas

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: Many of the silver screen’s preeminent names (John Malkovich; Joan Allen) have performed at this legendary theater, with three venues for plays, musicals, and other events.

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19. Elizabeth Restaurant

8.1
4835 N Western Ave (Gunnison), Chicago, IL
Restaurante de nueva cocina americana · Ravenswood · 16 tips y reseñas

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: The 20-course menu at all-white dining room in Lincoln Square is divided into three sections (farm; woodlands; ponds, lakes, and seas), with crowd-pleasers like lamb loin wrapped in dandelion greens.

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20. Fat Rice

9.0
2957 W Diversey Ave (at N Sacramento Ave), Chicago, IL
Restaurante asiático · Logan Square · 102 tips y reseñas

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: Fat Rice has gained a cult following for its innovative Macanese dishes. Those who brave the hours-long wait are rewarded with shareable plates that take cues from India, Southeast Asia, and Portugal.

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21. Girl & The Goat

9.1
809 W Randolph St (at Halsted St), Chicago, IL
Hotel · West Town · 544 tips y reseñas

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: In an industrial space with burnt-cedar walls, Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard turns out nose-to-tail specialties, including fried pig face and kidneys stuffed with goat confit.

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22. Little Goat Diner

9.2
820 W Randolph St (at Green St), Chicago, IL
Cafetería · Fulton Market · 479 tips y reseñas

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: Nearby Girl & the Goat (its sister branch), Izard puts a creative spin on classic breakfast dishes; try the sourdough pancakes.

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23. Longman & Eagle

9.2
2657 N Kedzie Ave (at W Schubert Ave), Chicago, IL
Restaurante de nueva cocina americana · Logan Square · 348 tips y reseñas

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: Chicago’s hipster tribe pack this locavore temple in Logan Square for Saturday brunch. Start cheesewurst at the pop-up sausage stand on the patio, then head inside for waffles with pork belly.

Next is one of T+L's Definitive Guide to Chicago.

24. Next

8.8
953 W Fulton Market (at Morgan St.), Chicago, IL
Restaurante de gastronomía molecular · Fulton Market · 56 tips y reseñas

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: You need to buy a ticket on the website to get a table at chef Grant Achatz’s follow-up to foodie hot spot Alinea—and they go quickly. But if you manage to snag one, you’re in for a treat.

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25. Parson's Chicken & Fish

9.0
2952 W Armitage Ave (btwn N Humboldt & N Richmond), Chicago, IL
Local de pollo frito · Logan Square · 183 tips y reseñas

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: A 1977 El Camino marks the entrance to this no-frills spot in Logan Square. Young chef Hunter Moore serves cobia ceviche accompanied by craft beers and negroni slushes.

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26. The Publican

9.0
837 W Fulton Market (at N Green St), Chicago, IL
Restaurante de nueva cocina americana · Fulton Market · 352 tips y reseñas

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: For the city’s best oysters and aged charcuterie, head to Paul Kahan’s buzzy restaurant, the Publican. Across the street, his just-opened butcher shop serves a killer barbecued veal brisket sandwich.

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27. Scofflaw

9.2
3201 W Armitage Ave (at Kedzie Ave), Chicago, IL
Bar de cócteles · Logan Square · 147 tips y reseñas

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: In Logan Square, this Dan Shapiro den draws crowds for its gin-focused cocktails.

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28. Three Dots and a Dash

8.7
435 N Clark St (btwn Illinois & Hubbard St), Chicago, IL
Bar tiki · Near North Side · 223 tips y reseñas

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: Devotees of Trader Vic’s have a chic new tiki temple in River North.

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29. The Violet Hour

9.0
1520 N Damen Ave (at Pierce Ave), Chicago, IL
Bar clandestino · Wicker Park · 256 tips y reseñas

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: Behind a nondescript door in Wicker Park, Violet Hour serves handcrafted drinks (try the Hush & Wonder, made of Matusalem rum, lime, and crème de violette).

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30. Ward Eight Bar

8.8
631 Howard St (Custer St), Evanston, IL
Bar de cócteles · 18 tips y reseñas

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: Ward Eight, in Evanston, is a saloon-style bar with well-worn church pews; get the Hemingway.

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31. The Hideout

8.5
1354 W Wabansia Ave (btwn Elston Ave & Throop St), Chicago, IL
Club de rock · Bucktown · 57 tips y reseñas

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: Anything goes at this music venue in Bucktown—from Baudelaire-inspired shows to performances by indie rock bands.

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32. Ada Street

9.0
1664 N Ada St (btwn Concord & Wabansia), Chicago, IL
Restaurante americano · Bucktown · 72 tips y reseñas

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: This joint serves delicious small plates (try the crisp lamb ‘scrumpets’) and craft cocktails.

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33. Randolph Street Market

7.9
1340 W Washington Blvd, Chicago, IL
Plaza · West Town · 16 tips y reseñas

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: Head to this boutique in West Loop for great vintage finds.

The Loop is one of T+L's Definitive Guide to Chicago.

34. The Loop

Chicago, IL
Barrio · 44 tips y reseñas

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: No one should leave Chicago without a ride on the El train around the Loop—it’s the best way to see the city.

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35. space519

7.7
900 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL
Tienda miscelánea · Streeterville · 12 tips y reseñas

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: Come here for a wide selection of coffee-table books, clothing from emerging designers, and cool housewares.

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36. Gene Siskel Film Center

9.0
164 N State St (btwn Lake & Randolph), Chicago, IL
Cine independiente · The Loop · 32 tips y reseñas

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: A state-of-the-art theater that screens independent, international, and classic films.

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37. Bow Truss Coffee Roasters

2934 N Broadway St (at W Oakdale Ave), Chicago, IL
Cafetería · Lake View East · 50 tips y reseñas

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: A funky new coffee shop in East Lakeview complete with sleds, canoes, and an incredible speaker installation built out of vintage suitcases.

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38. Katsu

2651 W Peterson Ave (btwn N Talman Ave & N Washtenaw Ave), Chicago, IL
Restaurante de sushi · West Ridge · 41 tips y reseñas

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: The trek to the Far North Side is worth it for Katsu, often touted as the city’s most authentic sushi restaurant.

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39. GT Fish and Oyster

9.0
531 N Wells St (at Grand Ave), Chicago, IL
Marisquería · River North · 196 tips y reseñas

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: Many people think Midwestern cuisine is all about meat and potatoes, but GT Fish & Oyster proves them wrong. The seafood dishes are excellent (don’t miss the bacon clam chowder).

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40. La Colombe Torrefaction

9.0
955 W Randolph St (at Morgan St), Chicago, IL
Cafetería · West Town · 99 tips y reseñas

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: This café serves some of the best coffee in town, thanks to its personal touch and unbeatable brews.

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41. Michigan Lakeshore

Chicago, IL
Lago · Streeterville · 1 tip

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: Exploring the shoreline of Lake Michigan is a must—it’s what makes Chicago unique.