What T+L spotted from the Renzo Piano-designed Michols Bridgeway, in Chicago’s Millennium Park.

By Rod O'Connor
August 09, 2013
Chicago, Nichols Bridgeway
Credit: © Kevin Miyazaki

1. The Langham: Mies van der Rohe’s black IBM Building now houses one of the city’s buzziest new hotels. The ground-floor lobby was designed by Dirk Lohan, the architect’s grandson. $$$

2. Sixteen: Joël Robuchon protégé Thomas Lents is earning raves at the Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago’s 16th-floor restaurant. Order the Wagyu rib eye “coal” with eggplant caviar. $$$$

3. Art Institute of Chicago: The Bridgeway connects to the museum’s Modern Wing (also by Renzo Piano), where Warhol’s 15-foot-tall portrait of Mao was just rehung.

4. Jay Pritzker Pavilion: Not to be missed at this outdoor, 11,000-seat venue by Frank Gehry? Arias from Madama Butterfly by the Lyric Opera of Chicago (Sept. 7).

5. Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel: Book an east-facing corner room in the Aqua Tower for a wraparound balcony overlooking Lake Michigan. $$

6. Lurie Garden: This month, the five-acre oasis is awash in autumn colors. Look for pink Japanese anemone and red switchgrass on the banks of a shallow stream.

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Thirty-foot floor-to-ceiling windows frame views of the Wrigley Building, Chicago River, and Lake Michigan at this fine dining favorite on the 16th floor of Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago. Make sure to soak up the sights before your dishes arrive, however, because chef Frank Brunacci is sure to capture your attention with homemade crumpets for breakfast, lobster rolls for lunch, or seasonal risotto with escargot for dinner. During the summer, Wednesday and Saturday night's Navy Pier fireworks are visible from the restaurant, making the Sixteen experience that much more memorable.