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Stylish Chicago

A view from the Art Institute of 
Chicago’s new Modern Wing, designed by Renzo Piano, overlooking Millennium 
Park and the Frank Gehry amphitheater.

Photo: Jonny Valiant

Taste the Windy City’s cutting-edge cuisine, explore the Obamas’ neighborhood, and be wowed by Renzo Piano’s new modern wing at the Art Institute.

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Inspired by: Exploring Chicago's New Style — by Guy Trebay, Published Jul. 2009

Hotels (3)

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    The James, Chicago

    Opened in April 2006, The James marries a residential vibe to a hotel setting. To evoke an apartment style, all of the 297 contemporary rooms have

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    The Peninsula Chicago

    As you walk into the Peninsula, the concierge and receptionist greet you by name; classical music plays when you enter one of the 339 rooms; and yo

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    Park Hyatt Chicago

    Rising 67 stories above Michigan Avenue, the Park Hyatt Chicago is within a five-minute walk of major attractions like the John Hancock Center and

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Restaurants (4)

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    Cemitas Puebla

    Specialing in Poblano food, this family-owned café is all about authentic flavors. In fact, the owner often travels to Mexico in order to obtain fr

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    UrbanBelly

    The hipster BYO nook with four communal tables sits in an Avondale strip mall between a laundromat and a dry cleaner owned by relatives of Korean-

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    Lula Cafe

    This hip Windy City café is another big supporter of fresh ingredients from regional markets and farmers. There's always a "griddle cake" on the me

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    Alinea

    At the forefront of the groundbreaking molecular gastronomy movement, Alinea offers meals that are quite simply unlike any others. Dedicated follow

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Activities (6)

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    Hejfina

    Some claim this spot has the best fashion selection in the Central time zone and others accuse it of having passed its hipster use-by date. Certain

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    Chicago Line Cruises

    Sailing on either Chicago River or Lake Michigan, the educational boat tours offered by Chicago Line Cruises are some of the city's most popular si

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    Chicago Greeter

    The Great Chicago Fire, street food, architecture, dance, Millennium Park, Greektown, baseball, Lincoln Zoo - whatever Chi-Town topic you’d love to

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    Blake

    Eleven months out of the year, this unassuming River North storefront goes unadorned, with no signage, no merchandise displays and a hard-to-find e

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    The Art Institute of Chicago

    With more than 260,000 works of art ranging from ancient Egyptian to contemporary, the Art Institute is home to some of the world’s most celebrated

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    Ikram

    Located on East Huron Street in a bright red building, this upscale women’s boutique is owned by Ikram Goldman, who at one time acted as Michelle O

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