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Tips and Articles in Illinois

The best drink we’ve had in months was a simple Scotch at Star Bar (starbar.jp), in Tokyo, that took 15 minutes to make, thanks to the hand-carved ice. There’s no question that “rocks” are the cocktail ingredient of the moment. Chicago’s Violet ...
Chicago: The Look of the New One of America’s greatest encyclopedic museums, the Art Institute of Chicago, is breathing new life into its hallowed halls with an ambitious transformation that leaves few corners of the venerable 130-year-old instit...
A new generation of operatic artists is bringing a burst of energy—and unprecedented acting chops—to classic roles. An ideal: Natalie Dessay, a waif with a light coloratura voice and a commitment to the story that sends her whole body quivering as...
Opening this month in the heart of Chicago, the 24.5-acre Millennium Park (www.millenniumpark.org) brings together some of the most innovative minds in contemporary art, architecture, landscape design, and sculpture. A formerly neglected plot of r...
“I had hoped to visit a friend in Africa this summer,” admits Susan McCombs, of Kensington, California. “But with recent increases in fuel and ticket prices, I’m not sure I’ll ever get there.” For Kathleen Kamerick of Iowa City, Iowa, “Flying is s...
Hey, squirt, how about some mac and mascarpone?It's on the kids' menu (yes, the kids' menu) at the Bacara Resort's Bistro (8301 Hollister Ave., Santa Barbara, Calif.; 805/571-4217 ), along with heirloom-tomato soup and petit filet of beef with pom...
See our slideshow of the Best Hotel Art Collections. New York City ’s Gramercy Park Hotel is a modern Gothic fantasy, with plush crimson velvets, carved-wood furniture, and baronial fireplaces as well as access to the private roof club and über-e...
The storied Western Open may be history, but Chicago remains one of America's premier golf cities, one that the Tour will still visit (every other year, anyway) for the BMW Championship. There are scores of courses in the greater metro area, inclu...
I'm on the stage of the Pavilion at the Ravinia Festival, a summer concert series with all sorts of performers—from jazz to pop—in a gorgeous outdoor setting. I was singing there for the second time. I stayed at the Whitehall Hotel, downtown off M...
To bring you the ultimate in American dining today, we turned to restaurant critics in 15 cities across the country. We asked them to recommend something old (a tried-and-true gem for celebrating a birthday or anniversary), something new (a dazzli...
Big Style, Big Easy If New Orleans is the best place in the country to party, then International House is the best place to sleep it off. A pale taupe color scheme, fresh Louisiana wildflowers, and Aveda-stocked bathrooms assist in a reveler's rec...
American theater has never been livelier. Broadway is crowded with sold-out shows, hundreds of regional theaters are producing new works, and many of Hollywood's children are forsaking the set for the stage. In the words of Lincoln Center Theater'...
Who are you? If you're the average business traveler, you . . . • Travel 17 weeks a year • Are away six days on each trip • Have joined four frequent-flier programs Where did you go in the past 12 months? 1. New York 2. San Francisco 3. London ...
in the castle Newly acquired by the luxury-minded Orient-Express Hotels group and grandly fluffed up to the tune of $3 million, the Hôtel de la Cité (now incorporating the neighboring Hôtel Dame Carcas) is once again the pride of Carcassonne. In t...
To get into Tokyo from Narita Airport you can catch a cab— and pay more than $150 for a trip that can take two hours— or you can hop the rail link from the terminal for as little as $7.50 and be there in just over an hour. That's what you call a n...