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Illinois Medical District, Chicago, IL, USA
Chicago is the king of comedy, hot dogs, and extreme Midwest weather. But since the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, the city has been reinventing itself. Today, clever design projects (such as “Color Jam,” shown) top the list of reasons...
100 Linden Ave, Wilmette, IL 60091, USA
There is only one Baha'i temple in every continent. In North America, it's in the unexpected city of Wilmette, Illinois. Just a ten minute drive from Northwestern University, the Baha'i is open to the public, complete with a visitor center and...
1155 E 58th St, Chicago, IL 60637, USA
If you have any interest in the history and archaeology of the ancient Near East, you'll wander the galleries of the Oriental Institute with goosebumps, slack-jawed. This museum on the campus of the University of Chicago houses one of the finest...
1000 Lake Cook Rd, Glencoe, IL 60022, USA
The extensive gardens and exhibits at the Chicago Botanic Gardens are a bit out of the way for visitors staying downtown in the Windy City, but it's worth the trip. The water garden will make you long for a lake(however small) to plant lily-pads...
11 E Walton St, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
When the Waldorf Astoria took over the swank Elysian Hotel in 2012, it preserved the sumptuous room decor, the 14,000-square-foot spa, and the Greek Classicism–meets–French 1920s aesthetic. Located on the first 27 floors of a 60-story...
939 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60614, USA
If you're ruled by your sweet tooth, go to Glazed and Infused Doughnuts, the area carbo rage for awhile now in Chicago (doughnuts are the new cupcake in Lincoln Park). Behold, above: the Red Velvet (cocoa buttermilk cake with vanilla bean glaze,...
Gold Coast, Chicago, IL, USA
Astor Street (named after John Jacob Astor), along Chicago's Gold Coast, is home to the city's most expensive, elaborate and stunning 19th-century homes. Take this walk right around dusk for glimpses of the decor inside them. Start at North Avenue...
1524 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60610, USA
Those who appreciate both architecture and medicine (or just have a taste for the bizarre) will love the International Museum of Surgical Science. Housed in a nearly 100-year-old mansion near Lake Michigan, the exhibits, based on historic themes...
435 W Menomonee St, Chicago, IL 60614, USA
fter walking by the Midwest Buddhist Temple and its pretty grounds in Old Town (a neighborhood just north of downtown Chicago) for years I finally worked-up the nerve to attend the Sunday service in English. I felt welcome, enjoyed the sermon (if...
1655 N Sedgwick St, Chicago, IL 60614, USA
This Old Town neighborhood joint looks like a hundred other Chicago neighborhood joints but don't let that fool you: it oozes charm. The ribs are great, but I come for the supper club atmosphere. Great photos of Sinatra and other famous guests...
2300 N Lincoln Park W, Chicago, IL 60614, USA
I am very fond of Mon Ami Gabi. … for the frisée (with warm bacon and a poached egg) salad … for the hand-cut fries … because I can sit outside with a view of the park in the summer … because I can perch at the intimate bar with the other regulars...
2750 N Lakeview Ave, Chicago, IL 60614, USA
The Lincoln Park and Lakeview locals don't have a clue that this memorial is open to the public most days of the week, much of the year. Chances are you'll have the friezes, statues, murals and grand rooms all to yourself. And don't skip the...
2230 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614, USA
Villa D'Citta is the quiet, romantic choice in Lincoln Park. I have seen it only from the outside (the place looks stately) but online reviewers have ranked it #1 of 25 B&Bs in Chicago. The former guests rave over the hospitality extended,...
17 E Monroe St, Chicago, IL 60603, USA
One of my favorite discoveries in Chicago is the Empire Ballroom inside The Palmer House. It's just up the stairs from the hotel's magnificent lobby and has a rich history most anyone working at the hotel will be willing to tell you more about....
3 Chome-13-1 Takanawa, Minato-ku, Tōkyō-to 108-8612, Japan
LOBBY The Prince Sakura Tower smells like a luxury spa! I wait maybe 20 seconds at the front desk for a clerk. I hand her my credit card she grasps it respectfully in two hands and thanks me. . GUEST ROOM My circular room overlooks a pond and...
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