Tips and Articles for Chicago

Jonny Valiant

London's Edge Minimalism becomes the Metropolitan, London's latest ode to utilitarian chic. Hotelier and fashion impresario Christina Ong collaborated... Read More

Don't worry about saving room for dessert: it's chocolate soup to nuts at specialty cafés across the country. In Berkeley, the Scharffen Berger factory... Read More

One hundred years ago, America's first zoos were built in Philadelphia and New York, with extra-thick bars to assure the public that wild lions,... Read More

What would childhood be without dreams of banana splits—the ultimate reward forsurviving the school year, passing the final exam, winning (or losing)... Read More

Several months ago, the Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur, introduced a "techno-butler" to help guests get their E-mail, configure their laptops, and access... Read More

My parents came from Chicago, and my brothers and I were brought up to believe that practically anything worth having, certainly everything worth eating... Read More

Going my wayKevin McCollum, New York-based theater producer (shows include Rent and De La Guarda's Villa Villa); president and CEO of Ordway Music... Read More

Are Eastern-inspired cordials the new frontier in cocktails—or a flash in the pan?Some new arrivals are making us wonder. Ty Ku is a sake-based liqueur... Read More

BeijingThe sprawling, three-story facility at the Kerry Centre Hotel (866/565-5050 or 86/10-6561-8833; shangri-la.com; doubles from $412) contains a 38... Read More

Swedish massages and basic facials can be found on nearly every spa menu, but they're no longer enough to entice savvy spa-goers. The 10 exotic... Read More

The Lincoln Park neighborhood has always been a beauty—tree-lined streets, lake views, Victorian town houses—so it's no wonder that cosmetics boutiques... Read More

Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park 800/241-3333 or 212/308-9100; www.ritzcarlton.com; doubles from $425. The good people at Ritz-Carlton spent four... Read More

My New York friends say, "It's so clean." My San Francisco friends say, "People are so friendly here." My Washington friends say, "It's so real and... Read More

There are two kinds of people in the world: those who are willing to go anywhere for something good to eat, and those whose last supper would consist of... Read More

The eighties slogan has been replaced with "Worship your body, nourish your soul." To that end, temples of fitness are reinterpreting what it means to... Read More

Converting pagans. Raising the dead. Chasing every last snake out of Ireland. Saint Patrick is known, by history and by legend, for many things, but to... Read More

Chicago's hottest nightspot is luring crowds with shimmering white powder (the legal kind). At the 4,000-square-foot dessert bar Sugar (108 W. Kinzie St... Read More

 Ebisu Tokyo By Erika LedermanThe area around Ebisu train station is finally living up to its name. According to Japanese folklore, Ebisu is... Read More

"Riding a GPS-equipped bus in Barcelona," says Maxwell L. Anderson, director of New York's Whitney Museum of American Art, "I got a hilarious glimpse of... Read More

chic sleeps Chicago now has double W's. W Chicago—City Center (172 W. Adams St.; 877/946-8357 or 312/332-1200; doubles from $329) targets young urban... Read More

Restaurateurs and chefs as agents of urban renewal?In Chicago, they are playing a vital role in the city's New Urbanism by luring diners to... Read More

NauThe Concept This Portland, Oregon–based outdoor clothing company uses innovative online retailing to create a pioneering shopping concept.The Stores... Read More

The novelist Richard Wright, who migrated from Mississippi and spent his formative years in Chicago, got pounded by the city's drama. But in time he... Read More

The malling of Michigan Avenue and Oak Street — Chicago's favorite shopping hubs — might not bother mall rats and label victims. For those who prefer a... Read More

Now that Lincoln Park and Wicker Park have been discovered, North Southport Avenue is drawing the city's edgy style mavens up to Wrigleyville. Named... Read More

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