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Michigan Avenue has a north and a south, separated by the Chicago River at Wacker Drive. Start south and you'll see the Cloud (aka the Bean), Millenium Park, and the Art Institute. Start north and you'll wander past shopping heaven, architectural wonders, and the old watertower. All the while, you will feel a strong lake breeze from the great Lake Michigan.
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1521 S Linn White Dr, Chicago, IL 60605, USA
Many people who visit the U.S. immediately think of New York as the quintessential American city. But they are missing out. Chicago is a world-class city with so much to offer. From shopping on Michigan Avenue to renowned chefs/dining to the Bean...
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21, 200 W Madison St, Chicago, IL 60606, USA
If you're driving to Chicago, make sure you drive along Lake Shore Drive. It's beautiful in any day of the year. You'll see people biking or running with their dogs in the summer time. And during winter, you'll most likely see the entire lake...
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Streeterville, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
The architectural boat tour of downtown Chicago is the single best way to see this city in a whole new way. From first-timers to lifers, it doesn't matter how long you've been in town, this perspective is going to be new to all. There are many...
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201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60602, USA
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The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. ~ Marcel Proust. For my inaugural highlight on AFAR, I am starting with my wife's favorite quote, and a local sight in Chicago. Sometimes people feel they...
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65 E Adams St, Chicago, IL 60603, USA
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Tesori is a new Italian restaurant located in the heart of the Loop. It features a wonderful bar area to pop in for a quick drink, or a large dining room for a more in-depth food experience. But the real treat is that it's located in the same...
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201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60602, USA
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Upon wondering around in Millennium Park in Chicago, admiring collection of art and architecture, I couldn't help by notice the landscape design in Lurie Garden. The five-acre garden represents Chicago's urban green living where plants rise taller...
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1603, 1 W Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602, USA
If you’re from Chicago, you’ve heard of Daniel Burnham, and if you’ve read the book “Devil in the White City” you’ve heard of him too—he was one of Chicago’s most famous architects who was also connected with the World’s Columbian Exposition of...
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111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603, USA
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See our full list of Where to Go in 2015. The Art Institute of Chicago hosts the first exhibition devoted to Britain’s rising-star architect David Adjaye in September. Also in the fall, the world’s leading design talents will gather for the...
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130 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601, USA
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Tavern at the Park is an amazing foodie destination in downtown Chicago. The menu is full of delicious creations, including some nice variations on classic dishes. I found their wings (which are rubbed and then grilled, not fried) to be amazing,...
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1301 N State Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60610, USA
Ian Schrager unveiled the first location of his affordable, frills-free luxury hotel chain, Public, in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood. Previously the historic Ambassador East hotel—which housed the storied restaurant and celeb haunt, the Pump...
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600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
Most visitors to Chicago see it from only one perspective: from the city looking out over the water. But what would it look like if your vantage point was from out over the water looking down at the city? Just a little bit north of Chicago there...
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111 N State St, Chicago, IL 60602, USA
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Chicago is amazing during the summer, but winter visitors are in for some seasonal perks. City ice rinks open. Christmas trees go up along Michigan Avenue. And the Macy's on State Street decorates its windows for the holidays. This Macy's is one...