Things to do in Illinois

Peruse the cool art galleries on Spring Street, especially the Galena Artists’ Guild Gallery, which features works by 60 member artists.

Whether you are hoping to hit the “Big 3” (Rome, Florence and Venice) with tots in tow, sample phenomenal wines in the alluring region of Apulia, or indulge in a romantic island vacation beside the sparkling Mediterranean, Andrea Sertoli and his Chicago-based agency, Select Italy, can make it hap

Top tip: Don’t miss early morning prayers at the Thiksey monastery, near Leh, in northern India. “When the prayers end, the younger monks suddenly run outside laughing to play. It’s a wonderful spectacle.” Years as agent: 31.

This is one of only seven Bahai temples on earth and just one in the Western Hemisphere, built for the more than five million people worldwide who practice the ecumenical religion known as the Bahai Faith.

In operation since 1916, the Arts Club of Chicago hosts three public art exhibits each year in its gallery space on East Ontario Street. The building, which opened in 1997, was the first venue ever owned by the club and features a famous Mies van der Rohe-designed steel staircase.

Ideal for partiers who enjoy the laid-back dive bar attitude but not the traditionally grungy digs, this Rush Street nightspot combines an easygoing vibe (read: no entry line or cover charge) with the styling of an upscale lounge.

Ideal for shoppers seeking reasonably priced wardrobe basics, this small clothing boutique sells what owner Sandy Horwitz calls "every day wear for the urban girl." Behind the all-glass storefront in Bucktown, the bright, airy shop features well-organized displays of Michael Stars tees, Neesh swe

The Chicago area has plenty of couture ice cream operations—like Ruth and Phils Gourmet Ice Cream, with such arcane flavors as sour cream cinnamon—but a big, hearty city demands the kind of hearty ice cream that Al Capone used to enjoy.

Whether you’re hoping to indulge in a leisurely breakfast, in need of quick lunch, or simply looking for a few gourmet goodies, Goddess and Grocer is a divine option. This Gold Coast café-meets-grocery welcomes visitors with its cheerful yellow walls and glass cases lined with tasty treats.


From a wood and amethyst ring to white gold and blue topaz earrings, Gem showcases one-of-a-kind handmade accessories.

Located on the University of Chicago campus, this landmark is considered one of the most significant structures in American architecture. Designed in 1908 by world-renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright for businessman Frederick C.