The Near North is the shop-and-awe center of Chicago. It's bounded by North Avenue to the north, the Chicago River to the west and south, and Lake Michigan to the east.
With a whirlwind rush of department stores, restaurants, and luxurious hotels, there's no better place to abuse your budget than the Near North and its celebrated Magnificent Mile.
The Near North includes the neighborhoods of River North, full of art galleries, commercial lofts, and some tourist restaurants, nightclubs and bars; Streeterville and the Gold Coast, with expensive living for rich folks and many of the city's most impressive hotels; and the most prestigious shopping district in Chicago, the Magnificent Mile on Michigan Avenue, which includes one of Chicago's most beloved landmarks, the Water Tower.
This area has been a part of Chicago from the beginning, when Fort Dearborn was built on the other side of the river in 1803 (and burned to the ground nine years later, establishing an unfortunate civic trend). But ever since the early 1920s, when bridges were built to draw shoppers away from State Street in the Loop, there has been too much to sell, too much awe to inspire, and not a minute to spare. That's why the Near North can be such a delight at a tourist's pace. The locals are in a hurry, but if you're not, the serene image of the old Water Tower or the resolutely quiet riverwalk can take on the feel of a private discovery, even with all of these people around.
That's not to say you can't have fun getting caught up in the hustle and bustle, of course. The sheer amount of shopping on Michigan Avenue cannot be overstated. The world's most elite fashion designers are all represented here, and the rest wish they were. River North has many of the city's busiest (if not best) clubs, with a dense row on Rush Street. In the Near North, you'll find a few significant members of the Chicago skyline, including the John Hancock Center and Lake Point Tower, which stands alone to the east at the end of a new, steel-and-glass future-scape in south Streeterville; it makes for an impressive view from Lake Shore Drive, and serves as an entryway to one of the city's most popular tourist spots, Navy Pier, a great place for entertaining children and catching the breeze from Lake Michigan with an evening stroll or a turn on the 150-foot tall Ferris Wheel.
What's that island?
That is Goose Island, an oddity of downtown Chicago, from which Chicago's biggest craft brewery takes its name. Named after an early Irish immigrant community that supposedly raised geese as livestock, the island was formed when landowner and Mayor William Ogden oversaw the building of a canal around its east side. Throughout its history, the island was an industrial center, although in recent times it seemed its riverfront location and splendid downtown views would ensure its conversion to condominiums. But that change was halted in 1990 when Mayor Daley backed its new status as a "Protected Manufacturing District."
The CTA Red Line has stops near the entertainment in River North (Clark/Division) and the Magnificent Mile (Chicago, Grand).
The CTA Brown Line and Purple Line stop in the midst of the River North galleries (Chicago), and the Merchandise Mart has the next stop all to itself.
An intricate web of CTA bus lines serves the Near North, most converging upon the northern end of Michigan Avenue. Several express buses from other parts of the city serve Michigan Avenue, notably the 147 Outer Drive Express from the north side and 3 King Drive Express from the south side. Once you're here, though, you'll find it better to cover the Magnificent Mile on foot.
- 22 Clark is useful for travelers coming from the Loop and the North Side to River North.
- 65 Grand travels down Grand Avenue, connecting with both the Red Line and the Blue Line further west.
- 66 Chicago travels down Chicago Ave from the lakefront to Michigan Avenue, through River North, and on to West Town.
- 124 Navy Pier serves Navy Pier directly from train hub Union Station and Millennium Park in the Loop.
- 125 Water Tower Express brings you to the Water Tower from the other Loop train hub, Ogilvie/Northwestern Station, and the Merchandise Mart.
- 157 Streeterville runs close to Navy Pier and on to the Loop.
Free trolleys run from Navy Pier through the area seven days a week, year round, during the pier's open hours.
Don't drive to the Near North unless you have a very good reason for doing so. Streets are packed with taxis, confused tourists, desperate businessmen late for something or other, and even the occasional horse. Your knuckles don't need the strain.
Enlarged Magnificent Mile map
Along the Magnificent Mile is a one day and night itinerary that connects the Near North with the Loop for shopping, food, skyscrapers, parks, and amazing views of Chicago from high and low.
- Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum, 376 N Michigan Ave (Lake CTA), ☎ +1 312 977-0227, . Th-M 10AM-5PM. Open late spring (mid-May), summer, and fall. A new, small museum spread over the five floors of the southwest tower of the Michigan Avenue Bridge. Visitors can see displays on the history of Chicago's famously abused river, and also check out the machinery used for raising the bridge. $3 adults, children under 5 are free.
- Hancock Observatory, John Hancock Center, 875 N Michigan Ave (Chicago Red Line), ☎ 1-888 875-8439, . 9AM-11PM. 360-degree view from the 94th floor. Not quite as high as the Sears Tower Skydeck, but with a better view. For drinks, see the Signature Room below. $15 adults, $9 children, $10 seniors; $3 for additional entry within 48 hours.
- Marina City, 300 N State St, ☎ +1 312 222-1111, . M-F 9AM-5PM, Sa 10AM-2PM. No tours available, unless you're cheeky enough to fill out a fake rental application (24 hours in advance), but these iconic twin buildings are worth a photo. (You might recognize them from the cover of Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, among many others.) Designed to be "a city within a city," they include a wildly overpriced bowling alley and the House of Blues (see Drink below). If you like Marina City, be sure to visit the South Loop and architect Bertrand Goldberg's other, lesser-known masterpiece, River City (800 S Wells St).
Outside the Museum of Contemporary Art
- Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago Ave (Chicago Red Line), ☎ +1 312 280-2660, . Tu 10AM-8PM, W-Su 10AM-5PM. Contemporary art from around the world. The MCA has a great location and plenty of financial backing, but it's still fighting for recognition in the museum world; while not an upper-tier institution as yet, that has resulted in some interesting exhibitions. There isn't much of a permanent collection, so check what's on before you go. Also, Wolfgang Puck operates a lunch-only eatery in the MCA. $12 ($7 student, free Tuesdays).
- Newberry Library, 60 W Walton St (Chicago Red Line), ☎ +1 312 943–9090, . Reading rooms Tu-Th 10AM-6PM, F-Sa 9AM-5PM. The oldest public library in Chicago, although not part of the city library system. The collection focuses on the humanities, American and European history, and the age of exploration. Occasional author events are held. Free.
- Pritzker Military Library, 610 N Fairbanks Ct (Grand Red Line), ☎ +1 312 587-0234, . M-F 8:30AM-4:30PM. A goldmine for people interested in military history, both scholarly and as told by the men and women who lived it, with a vast collection of books, prints, photos, and other military artifacts, and gallery exhibitions. Free evening events with major authors and Medal of Honor recipients are held throughout the year, mostly on Thursday nights; check the schedule on the website. Free.
- Tribune Tower, 435 N Michigan Ave (Grand Red Line), ☎ +1 312 222-9100. Built in 1925, the walls of the Tribune Tower contain rocks from many famous world landmarks, including: the Taj Mahal, the Parthenon, the Great Pyramid, the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, the Great Wall of China, the Berlin Wall, and most recently from the demolished World Trade Center. The Tribune Tower even managed to get its hands on a moon rock, but so far NASA hasn't allowed it to add the rock to the wall.
- The Trump Tower, 401 N Wabash Ave. 1362 ft. The Trump Hotel and luxury residential building is both the newest member of the Chicago skyline, completed at the beginning of 2009, and the tallest after the Sears Tower — indeed, it is the second tallest in the United States, ninth in the world. The Donald intended for it to be the tallest in the world, but decided to scale back to a mere "second tallest in North America" (after the Sears Tower) following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The design features three prominent setbacks at the height of nearby buildings: the Wrigley Building, Marina City, and 330 N Wabash, which, combined with its singularly reflective exterior, allow this supertall to blend into the skyline, almost to the point where you could overlook it. As intended, the building reflects and interacts with the Chicago skyline, rather than imposing itself upon it with its great height. Regardless, you will not likely miss this building, and it's plenty interesting to examine — its asymmetric form ensures that you will see something quite different from any different vantage point.
- Water Tower, Chicago Ave & Michigan Ave (Chicago Red Line). In 1871, when Mrs. O'Leary's cow kicked over the lantern in her barn — or was framed for the act, depending on who you ask — the Gothic Revival spires of Water Tower were only two years old. Today, along with the Pumping Station on the other side of the street, the Water Tower is the last, dream-like symbol of the Old Chicago that disappeared in the Fire. Surrounded by hotels and colossal department stores, it's also the icon of the new city that arose. At night, the Water Tower is lit from within, and it's a memorable sight. Inside, the vintage machinery is long gone (along with the water), and the plain interior is occasionally used as a gallery space.
Centered between the Merchandise Mart and the Chicago Brown Line station, with a few galleries that stray closer to Old Town or Michigan Avenue, River North boasts the largest arts and design district in North America outside of Manhattan. Art galleries tend to be concentrated closer to Chicago Avenue, with more design galleries closer to the Merchandise Mart. The entire area is walkable and makes for fun browsing. Although everything on display is for sale, admission is almost always free, and visitors needn't fear gallery owners putting on the hard sell.
There is a free art gallery tour  starting from the Starbucks under the Chicago Brown Line stop on Saturdays at 11AM. The tour usually visits four galleries and lasts about an hour and a half.
- Aldo Castillo Gallery, 675 N Franklin (Chicago Brown Line), ☎ +1 312 337-2536, . Tu-Sa 11AM-6PM. Specializes in contemporary and classic Latin American art.
- Andrew Bae Gallery, 300 W Superior (Chicago Brown Line), ☎ +1 312 335-8601, . Tu-Sa 10AM-6PM. Specializes in contemporary Asian art, particularly Korean and Japanese.
- Ann Nathan Gallery, 212 W Superior (Chicago Brown Line), ☎ +1 312 664-6622, . Tu-F 10AM-5:30PM, Sa 11AM-5PM. Focuses on emerging artists, with an emphasis on contemporary realism, and some African tribal art.
- Byron Roche Gallery, 750 N Franklin St (Chicago Brown Line), ☎ +1 312 654-0144, . Tu-Sa 11AM-6PM. Contemporary art from an eclectic mix of media.
- Catherine Edelman Gallery, 300 W Superior St (Chicago Brown Line), ☎ +1 312 266-2350, . Tu-Sa 10AM-5:30PM. Contemporary photography and mixed-media.
- Marx-Saunders Gallery, 230 W Superior St (Chicago Brown Line), ☎ +1 312 573-1400, . Tu-F 10AM-5:30PM; Sa 11AM-5PM. Contemporary glass sculptures.
- Maya Polsky Gallery, 215 W Superior St (Chicago Brown Line), ☎ +1 312 440-0055, . Tu-F 10AM-5PM, Sa 11AM-5PM. Consistently one of the most intriguing galleries in the area, with playful, well-displayed paintings and sculpture both local and from Russia.
- Melanee Cooper Gallery, 740 N Franklin St (Chicago Brown Line), ☎ +1 312 202-9305. Tu-F 11AM-5PM, Sa 12-4PM. Fascinating contemporary art, mostly abstract and representational.
- Michael FitzSimmons Gallery, 311 W Superior St (Chicago Brown Line), ☎ +1 312 787-0496, . Tu-F 10AM-6PM, Sa 11AM-5PM. Textiles, ceramics, and antiques.
- Richard Gray Gallery, 875 N Michigan Ave, Suite 2503 (Hancock Center) (Chicago Red Line), ☎ +1 312 642-8877 (fax: +1 312 642-8877), . M-F 10AM-5:30PM. Big and very big names from modern and contemporary American and European art, including Millennium Park sculptor Jaume Plensa.
- Stephen Daiter Gallery, 311 W Superior St (Chicago Brown Line), ☎ +1 312 787-3350, . W-Sa 11AM-6PM. Artistic and documentary photography from America and Europe.
- Valerie Carberry Gallery, 875 N Michigan Ave, Suite 2510 (Hancock Center) (Chicago Red Line), ☎ +1 312 397-9990, . M-F 10AM-5PM, Sa 11AM-5PM. Pre and post-war American art, particularly 1930-1949.
For disabled visitors
The Grand station on the Red Line, the closest to Navy Pier, is not wheelchair accessible. But the Chicago station, the next stop north, is fully ADA-compliant. From the Chicago station, the #66 Chicago bus goes straight to Navy Pier.
- 600 E Grand Ave (At the end of Illinois St), ☎ +1 800 595-7437, . Open 10AM daily; closes in summer Su-Th 10PM, F-Sa midnight, fall/spring Su-Th 8PM, F-Sa 10PM, winter M-Th 8PM, F-Sa 10PM, Su 7PM. Built in 1916, Navy Pier has had many different uses over the years; in 1994, it became a tourist attraction, with more than 50 acres of restaurants, shops, and activities by Lake Michigan. It's an easy place to entertain children. Unless otherwise noted, all of the attractions are open during Navy Pier operating hours. Several buses reach Navy Pier, including #29 State, #65 Grand, #66 Chicago, and #124 Navy Pier Express from the two Metra stations in the Loop. Parking available $19-23 per day.
- AeroBalloon, ☎ +1 312 646 827-6287 for weather, +1 312 224-8827 to make reservations for rides between 8AM-10AM. In season, usually through October, and weather permitting: M-Th 8AM-10PM, F-Su 8AM-midnight. The hot air balloon stays tethered to the pier, but it heads 350 feet into the air for spectacular skyline views. $25 adults, $15 children; SpeedPass available for $5 more.
- Amazing Chicago's Funhouse Maze, ☎ +1 888 893-7300, . Open 10AM daily. 4000 square feet of tunnels and mazes for adults & kids over 7 years old. $10.95 adults, $9.95 children.
- Bike Chicago, ☎ +1 888 245-3929, . Summer 8AM-10PM, Spring/Fall 9AM-7PM. A wide variety of bikes, rollerblades, pedicabs and other wheeled vehicles are available for rent. Tours are also available. Rentals from $8/hr to $34/day.
Tall Ship WINDY, Lake Michigan
- Boat Cruises. Numerous boat cruises depart from the pedestrian-only "Dock Street," operated by several different companies. Some head inland on the Chicago River, and others stick to Lake Michigan. Double-decker tours also ply the boardwalk.
- Chicago Children's Museum, 700 E Grand Avenue, #127, ☎ +1 312 527-1000, . Su-W, F 10AM-5PM; Th, Sa 10AM-8PM. Hands-on exhibits for kids, including the popular Dinosaur Expedition. Admission $8, free Thursday after 5PM, free for children on the first Monday of every month.
- Chicago Shakespeare Theater, 800 E Grand Ave (Navy Pier), ☎ +1 312 595-5600, . The CST has offered high production values and somewhat bland production experiences since the company moved into their new, $24 million dollar theater in 1999; not bad, mind you, but not likely to leave you with much more than a pleasant, faintly-remembered evening. Still, if you're in the mood for Shakespeare, you'll find a professionally-mounted production of one of his major works here throughout the year. $54-$70.
- Fireworks. Summer: W 9:30PM, Sa 10:15PM. You can watch the fireworks display from anywhere on the Pier. Booze and live music of varying quality are available at The Beer Garden (+1 312 595-5439, summer W-Sa to midnight, Su to 10PM).
- IMAX Movie Theater, ☎ +1 312 595-5MAX, . Showtimes begin 10AM-8PM. Both Hollywood movies and IMAX films are shown on the six-story movie screen here. Tickets $9-$15.
- Internet Access. Available at terminals next to the Haagen Dazs cafe about halfway down Dock Street, just past the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. $4/30min with ice cream purchase.
- Pier Park, . S-Th 10AM-8PM, F-Sa 10AM-10PM. Includes the signature Ferris Wheel, a mini-golf course, remote-controlled boats, and more. Each attraction $5, Ferris Wheel $6.
- Skyline Stage, ☎ +1 312 902-1500, . Box office 12-6PM, W-Sa. Shows of mild interest, ranging from jazz and blues to small touring circuses. Tickets $14.50-$29.50 for most shows.
- Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows, ☎ +1 312 595-5024, . A mix of antique pieces, including several from Tiffany in New York, and also some contemporary work. Curator-led tours are available at 2PM on Thursdays. Free.
A few Chicago restaurants have branches here . There's also a food court, and vendors along the dock during the summer. You're much better off making the short walk to one of the nearby restaurants off the pier, though — you'll save money and likely eat better. There's no cost for re-entry to Navy Pier, after all.
Among the restaurants, The Billy Goat and Charlie's Ale House serve beers that are brewed in-house. Try the dark beer from the Billy Goat or head down to the The Beer Garden to sample Chicago brewers Goose Island.
Shopping  is in plentiful supply, although it's pretty much limited to tourist-souvenir Chicago kitsch type stuff.
Riverwalk near Tribune Tower
Horse-drawn carriages ply routes along the Magnificent Mile and through Streeterville, usually beginning around the Water Tower. (You might see police officers on horses as well.) While there are too many cars to establish the kind of atmosphere you might expect in, say, Central Park, you'll probably know whether the night calls for a carriage ride, and choose accordingly. Expect to pay about $35 for a half-hour tour. College students also roam the area with small yellow cabs attached to the backs of bicycles for a low-cost, low-point alternative.
- Drury Lane Theater, 175 E Chestnut St (Water Tower Place) (Chicago Red Line), ☎ +1 312 642-2000, . Box office opens 10AM, 11AM Sundays. Part of the Broadway in Chicago crew, although most of their offerings are locally-produced, amiable shtick. Tickets $59.50-$69.50. Dinner packages are offered with the Mity Nice Grill.
- Lookingglass Theater, 821 N Michigan Ave (Chicago Red Line), ☎ +1 312 337-0665, . Box office opens at 10AM on weekdays, 11AM weekends. Modern theater company, currently resident in the old Pumping Station across the street from the Water Tower, most famous for being co-founded by David Schwimmer. Tickets range from $20 on weekdays to $58 on weekends.
- Oak Street Beach, between 500–1550 Lake Shore Dr. Open during the summer, from dawn to dusk. There is plenty of everybody doing everything at Oak Street Beach. Beyond swimming and sun-tanning, it's one of the city's most popular spots for beach volleyball, and there are concrete paths for cycling and skating. (Do not, however, plan to eat lunch at the restaurant on the beach.) To get here, cross under Lake Shore Drive through a pedestrian underpass.
Events & Festivals
- Air & Water Show. Every August, the Blue Angels and the Thunderbirds headline a five-hour show over Lake Michigan. "Show Central" is at North Avenue Beach, but the action may be viewed anywhere from Northerly Island to Montrose Point, inland through Lincoln Park, and offshore by boat. (If you go by water, take a big boat, as the heavy traffic makes for choppy, seasickness-inducing waves.) A dress rehearsal takes place on Friday, often with multiple run-throughs by the headlining act. You won't see 100% of the weekend show, but it's a great way to avoid the crowds.
One of the most prestigious shopping streets in the world, this stretch of Michigan Avenue is home to massive department stores, wildly expensive boutiques, and larger-than-usual stores for national chains like The Gap, Banana Republic, and Crate & Barrel. Some retailers even have two or more branches here: one standing alone, and another in one of the department stores. This isn't the place to look for discounts, though. Remember, you're not shopping here because it's cheap — you're shopping here because it's the Magnificent Mile.
- 900 N Michigan Ave, (Chicago Red Line), ☎ +1 312 915-3916, . M-Sa 10AM-7PM, Su noon-6PM. 70 specialty shops in the most stunning of the Michigan Avenue department stores. Includes MaxMara, among the most expensive stores for women's apparel on a street that's known for expense.
- American Girl Place, 111 E Chicago Ave (Chicago Red Line), ☎ +1 877-247-5223, . Su-W 9AM-7PM, Th-Sa 9AM-9PM. Dolls. Doll houses. Doll hair salon. A doll hospital. Doll photo studio. Tea with dolls. Brunch, lunch, and dinner with dolls. Stories about dolls. Theater with dolls. Dolls starting controversies by calling Pilsen an unsafe place to grow up. Other than that, pretty much your average store.
- Ann Taylor, 600 N Michigan Ave (Grand Red Line), ☎ +1 312 587-8301, . M-Sa 10AM-8PM, Su 11AM-6PM. Money rushes out of wallets at this fashionable women's store, anchor of the 600 N Michigan shopping complex. If you like what you see, also check out the Ann Taylor Loft  at 520 N Michigan, and another at Water Tower Place (see below).
- Apple Store, 679 N Michigan Ave (Chicago Red Line), ☎ +1 312 981-4104, . M-Sa 10AM-9PM, Su 11AM-6PM. For some, a welcome respite from all of the clothes; for others, just more expensive fashion. This Apple-sleek showroom carries the full line of the company's products and accessories, and is usually packed with on-lookers pawing at all of the pretty designs. Several workshops are held each day for the true believers.
- Burberry, 633 N Michigan Ave (Grand Red Line), ☎ +1 312 266-7440, . M-Sa 9:30AM-6PM, Su 12-5PM. Fashion for men, women, and children from the English retail legend, famous for their made-to-order trench coats.
- Cartier Inc., 630 N Michigan Ave (Grand Red Line), ☎ +1 312 787-2500, . M-Sa 10AM-6PM. Boutique for the French jeweler and watchmaker.
- The Disney Store, 717 N Michigan Ave (Chicago Red Line), ☎ +1 312 654-9208. M-F 10AM-8PM, Sa 10AM-7PM, Su 11AM-6PM. You know what you're getting into when you walk through these doors. It's the perfect place to reward a Disney fan who's been well-behaved during your family trip, but if you're on a budget, don't risk coming within two blocks.
- Ermenegildo Zegna, 645 N Michigan Ave (Grand Red Line), ☎ +1 312 587-9660, . M-Sa 10AM-6PM, Su 12-5PM. All of the elements for an excessively fashionable man, from shoes to shirts to suits.
- Giorgio Armani, 800 N Michigan Ave (Chicago Red Line), ☎ +1 312 751-2244, . M-Sa 10AM-6PM, Su 12-5PM. Boutique for the star Italian designer of men and women's fashion.
- Neiman Marcus Showroom, 737 N Michigan Ave (Chicago Red Line), ☎ +1 312 642-5900, . M-Sa 10AM-7PM, Su 12-5PM. Prada, Chanel, and other designer accessories in this distinctive Michigan Avenue store.
- Niketown, 669 N Michigan Ave (Grand Red Line), ☎ +1 312 642-6363, . M-Sa 10AM-8PM, Su 10AM-6PM. Not quite the hot-spot it was after it opened in 1993, when lines wrapped around the block to get in, but Niketown still exists somewhere between a store and a shrine to Nike products. Athletes from visiting sports teams can often be seen here paying homage (and cash).
- Nordstrom's, 55 E Grand Ave (Grand Red Line), ☎ +1 312 464-1515, . M-Sa 10AM-8PM, Su 11AM-6PM. Clothes and accessories for men, women, and children, including a wide selection of shoes.
- Old Plank Antiques, 3 E Huron St (Grand Red Line), ☎ +1 312 981-7000, . M-Sa 11AM-5PM. Antiques from around the world, intended to be accessible to budgets large and small.
- Salvatore Ferragamo, 645 N Michigan Ave (Grand Red Line), ☎ +1 312 397-0464, . M-Sa 10AM-6PM, Su 12-5PM. Fashionable boutique for women's apparel and accessories. The store is far from cluttered; what they have will sell, and they know it.
- The Shops at North Bridge, 520 N Michigan Ave (Grand Red Line), ☎ +1 312 327-2300, . M-Sa 10AM-8PM, Su 11AM-6PM. Includes another Nordstom, a Spa Nordstom, a LEGO store, fifty more specialty shops, and physically connected to the Conrad Chicago hotel.
- Tails in the City, 1 E Delaware Pl (Chicago Red Line), ☎ +1 312 649-0347, . M-Sa 10AM-6PM, Su 12-5PM. Designer treats and accessories for the fashion-conscious cat and the trend-minded dog.
- Tiffany & Co., 730 N Michigan Ave (Chicago Red Line), ☎ +1 312 944-7500, . M-Sa 10AM-6PM, Su 12-5PM. Internationally renowned retailer of jewelry, sterling silverware, china, crystal, and more.
- Water Tower Place, 835 N Michigan Ave (Chicago Red Line), ☎ +1 312 440-3166, . M-Sa 10AM-9PM, Su 11AM-6PM. Features an eight-level atrium and over a hundred stores, from fashionable clothes to the Chicago Cubs Clubhouse.
- Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, 357 W Chicago Ave (Chicago Brown Line), ☎ +1 312 944-3085. M-W,F 9AM-5PM, Th 9AM-7PM, Sa 10AM-4PM. Offers "Historical Americana," namely Lincoln and Civil War items, rare and autographed books, an amazing collection of Civil War photographs and salt prints, and all sorts of fascinating miscellany. Check out their "Essential" shelves for aspiring collectors and see how your own stacks up. Appraisal services are also available.
- Alaska Gallery of Eskimo Art, 104 E Oak St, ☎ +1 312 943-3393, . M-F 11AM-3PM, Sa 12:30PM-5PM. Probably one of the better places to buy Inuit Art in the world, with an expert, honest staff and high-quality Inuit carvings for sale.
- The Merchandise Mart, 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza (Merchandise Mart Brown Line), ☎ +1 312 527-7990, . Hours vary by store. The Mart strides the barrier between River North and the Loop, with a train station and a zip code all to itself, not to mention a Holiday Inn, several offices, a school, two radio stations, restaurants, and, of course, shopping. It also includes the Chicago Apparel Center . None of the stores are considered major destinations by themselves, but there are frequent trade shows, and many other reasons for business travelers to find themselves at the Mart.
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- <吃名称=“牛肉先生“按ALT =“”地址= “666 ñ奥尔良圣“的方向= “芝加哥布朗线“电话= “+1 312 337-8500 “电子邮件=“”传真=“小时“ =“上午8时至下午5时的M -钍，上午10:30至上午04时的F -萨“价格=“”链接=“”“如果牛先生曾经决定招兵买马，市政府应该关心，他的意大利牛肉三明治有激烈忠实的追随者之间的河北午餐人群，一些人将不打扰其他任何地方。它的晚餐结束，但对于深夜周末俱乐部现场开放。 < /吃>
- <吃名称= “原创摇滚乐麦当劳的“按ALT =“”地址= “600 N克拉克圣“的方向= “大红线“电话= “+1 312 664-7940 “电子邮件=“”传真=“”时间=“ 24小时“价格=“”链接=“”“这还是麦当劳，与各有关的事项，据说在美国第三最繁忙的一个，但有复古摇滚纪念品原谅的访问您的良心，如果这是可能的。 < /吃>
- <吃名称=“波蒂略的“按ALT =“”地址= “ 100瓦安大略阿夫“方向= “大红线“电话= “+1 312 587-8910 “电子邮件=“”传真=“”时间=“上午10下午11时“价格=“”链接=“ http://www.portillos.com/ “ >抛光，意大利牛肉，汉堡，和一切你会期望在一个卖热狗的地方，加上一个惊喜，蛋糕，巧克力奶昔（完全在菜单上没有，但为了一个“蛋糕动摇， “甜tooths将其天）。这个位置，其中包括建设要先行，穿起了一个“大佬“为主题，这是已知的生产和当地人恶心游客高兴。 < /吃>
- <吃名称=“哇报“按ALT =“”地址= “ 835 ñ密歇根大道“的方向=“”电话= “+1 312 642-5888 “电子邮件=“”传真=“”链接=“小时“ =“中频上午10时至晚上8时，萨上午10时至晚上九时，苏上午10时半至下午6时“价格= “$ 1-3“ >一个很好的方法，以填补廉价的梦幻里，哇美味佳肴宝提供结转库存与所有充满中国蒸馒头各种奇妙的多肉善良。 < /吃>
- <吃名称=“咖啡伊韦里科“按ALT =“”地址= “ 739 ñ拉萨尔街“的方向=“”电话= “+1 312 573-1510 “电子邮件=“”传真=“ “网址=的“http:// www.cafeiberico.com/小时“ =“的M -钍上午11 - 11：下午5:30 ，女上午11 - 1： 11:30 ，萨中午- 1： 11:30 ，苏中午12时至晚上十一时价格= “$ 18-30 “ >西班牙餐前小吃的地方，通常拥挤。很不错的食品。 < /吃>
- <吃名称= “乐殖民“按ALT =“”地址= “ 937 ñ拉什街“的方向=“”电话= “+1 312 255-0088 “电子邮件=“”传真= “+1 312 255-1108 “网址=“”时间=“午餐：中午2：每天下午2:30 ，晚餐：中频下午5时至晚上十一时，下午5时飒午夜，苏5至下午10时“价格= “$ 18-30 “ >优秀的高档美食与越南法属印度支那的主题。保留意见将一个好主意。 < /吃>
- <吃名称=“埃德Debevic的“按ALT =“”地址= “640 ñ井街“方向纳秒= “芝加哥布朗线“电话= “+1 312 664-1707 “电子邮件=“”传真=“”时间= “苏-钍上午11时至下午10时，女萨上午11 - 11：下午5:30 “价格=“ “网址= “ http://www.eddebevics.com/ “ >和蔼可亲与汉堡旅游陷阱，模拟粗鲁的服务和不定期油脂 风格的歌曲和舞蹈在等待工作人员的表现。 < /吃>
- <吃名称=“ Frontera的烧烤“按ALT =“”地址= “445 N克拉克圣“的方向=“商品市场布朗线“电话= “+1 312 661-1434 “电子邮件=“”传真=“小时“ =“午餐涂- F座上午11:30 ：下午2:30 ，上午10:30萨- 2：下午2:30 ;晚餐涂5:20至下午10时，钨钍5至下午10时，女萨五至晚上十一时“价格=“ “网址=“ http://www.rickbayless.com/restaurants/grill.html “ >著名厨师瑞克贝利斯礼物正宗的墨西哥美食，大多数没有经历过它（墨西哥以外） ，以海鲜特别重视。 Frontera的詹姆斯赢得了2007年美国杰出餐厅胡须奖。 < /吃>
：* <吃名称=“托波洛万波“按ALT =“”地址= “445 N克拉克圣“的方向=“”电话= “+1 312 661-1434 “电子邮件=“”传真=“”时间=“涂上午11时45 ，下午2时，永丰上午11:30 ，下午2点，晚餐涂钍下午5:30-9:30 ，下午5:30-10:30的F -萨“价格=“”链接=“ http://www.rickbayless.com/餐厅/ topolobampo.html “ >高阶层，房子的德雷斯尔勒一面。夫隆特拉是更随意，虽然仍拔尖。预约在托波洛万波必要的，而龙特拉是先到先得，先服务。 < /吃>
：** <吃名称=“ XOCO “按ALT =“”地址= “449 N克拉克圣“的方向=“”电话= “+1 312 334-3688 “电子邮件=“”传真=“”链接=“呻/ www.rickbayless.com /餐厅/ xoco.html “时间=“图-钍上午七时至晚上九时，女上午07时至下午10时，萨上午8时至下午10时“价格= “$ 10-14 “ >中的贝利斯帝国最新出口的重点“街头食品“的墨西哥，智利的红色亮点包括鸡和Xoco沙拉（猪肉carnitas ，混合蔬菜，鳄梨和石灰酱） 。好汤是在当天晚些时候。采取任何保留- 只需排队观看工作的厨师，因为厨房是在众目睽睽之下。 < /吃>
- <吃名称=“吉拉德里巧克力店“按ALT =“”地址= “ 830 ñ密歇根大道“的方向= “芝加哥红线“电话= “+1 312 337-9330 “电子邮件=“”传真=“ “网址=“ http://www.ghirardelli.com “时间= “苏-钍上午10 - 10 ：30，架F -萨上午10午夜“价格=“”“背后的水塔权;停止汽水喷泉，热软糖圣代，巧克力和其他食品。 < /吃>
- <吃名称=“吉诺的东“按ALT =“”地址= “ 633 ñ圣井“方向= “大红线，芝加哥布朗线“电话= “+1 312 943-1124 “电子邮件=“”传真=“”小时=的“M -钍上午11时至下午10时，女萨上午11时至晚上十一时，苏中午至晚上九时“价格=“”链接=“ http://www.ginoseast.com “ >深盘和薄披萨。 < /吃>
- <吃名称=“肯德尔学院餐厅“按ALT =“”地址= “900 N北科圣“的方向=“ 3楼“电话= “+1 312 752-2328 “网址=“ http://culinary.kendall .edu /新闻和性活动/的，饭厅/小时“ =“午餐：中午中频- 1 ：30，晚餐：铁蛋白至下午6时至晚上八时，萨至下午6时， 8：下午5:30 “价格= “$ 20-30 “纬度=“ “长=“ “电子邮件=“”传真=“”“美食，美妙的 [ [芝加哥天际指南|天际意见] ] ，非常合理的价格，全部由学生名厨主理。鹅岛是不可能的方式，但有一个免费停车场。芝加哥的顶级厨师在肯德尔吸取了一些大学的贸易，因此期望得到的治疗研究。只是季节性开放，所以请您在访问之前的网页。 < /吃>
- <吃名称=“内审尼斯烧烤“按ALT =“”地址= “ 835 ñ密歇根大道，水塔广场购物中心二楼“方向=“”电话= “+1 312 335-4745 “电子邮件=“”传真= “”时间=“中频上午11时至晚上九时，女萨上午11时至下午10时，苏上午11时至晚上八时“价格=“”链接=“”“作为“ 20世纪40年代风格的酒吧和烧烤帐单。 “即使在繁忙的夜晚，你不会等太长时间了表，但保留的接受。票价包括牛排，海鲜选择，面食，优良的经常像肉饼和火鸡晚餐每日特价商品。 < /吃>
- <吃名称=“披萨的UNO “按ALT =“”地址= “29 é 俄亥俄圣“的方向= “大红线“电话=“ 1 312 321-1000 “网址=“ http://www.unos.com/小时“ = “苏上午11 - 11 ：30，中频上午十一时至上午01时，萨上午十一时至上午02时“价格=“”纬度=“ “长=“ “电子邮件=“”传真=“ “通过一些reckonings > ，原深盘比萨饼关节。这个名字一直在过度扩张过去几年减少，但这是在原来的位置- 他们在这里做的更好。他们是优秀的意大利牛肉以及。查看另外，由于在各地的619 ñ瓦巴什角落。 < /吃>
- <吃名称=“图托普罗托“按ALT =“”地址= “401 é安大略省圣“的方向=“”电话= “+1 312 587-7700 “电子邮件=“”传真=“ “网址=的“http:// www.tuttoprontoitaliano.com小时“ =“的M -钍，苏上午07时至下午10时，女萨上午07时， 111PM “价格= “$ 10-18 “ >这是不对的地方，在这美好了，这个鲜为人知。图托普罗托是一个美食与意大利熟食店一个细微的进口葡萄酒和其他商店，一个理想的午餐地点。他们不像其他地方提供服务是眼睛，每次浇水好帕尼尼三明治。 < /吃>
- <见名称=“韦伯烧烤“按ALT =“”地址= “ 539 N斯塔特圣“的方向=“内的希尔顿花园客栈“电话= “+1 312 467-9696 “电子邮件=“”传真=“ 1 312 467-0536 “网址=“ http://www.webergrillrestaurant.com/小时“ =“的M -钍上午11时至晚上十一时，女上午十一时至午夜十二时，萨日上午11:30午夜，苏日上午11:30至晚上十一时“价格=“ $ 12-36 “ >“从在职在芝加哥市中心的郊区的一个地方最好的烧烤烤烧烤连锁店。但记住，牛排是低质量，价格过高，而芝加哥是最好的烧烤过的街区-为Smoque看待问题的远东西北侧或任何伟大南锡德孟菲斯式烧烤关节。 < /见>
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- <吃名称=“举“按ALT =“”地址= “505 N莱克肖尔博士“的方向=“”电话= “+1 312 644-4050 “电子邮件=“”传真= “+1 312 644-4066 “网址=“ http://www.citechicago.com “时间= “苏-钍下午5时30分至下午10时，女萨下午5点半至晚上十一时“价格= “$ 51 + “ >的高档法国/美国餐厅供其最显着360从莱克波恩特大楼70楼程度的意见。食品，虽然非常好，不完全履行其价格，但认为是真的什么反正你来这里。夹克要求。 < /吃>
- <吃名称=“可可Pazzo “按ALT =“”地址= “ 300瓦哈伯德圣“的方向=“”电话= “+1 312 836-0900 “电子邮件=“”传真=“”时间= “午餐中频11： 11:30 - 2 ：30，晚餐的M -钍5:30-10:30下午，女萨5:30-10:30下午，苏5至下午10时“价格= “$ 30 + “的URL =“ http://www.cocopazzochicago 。com /“ >非常美味的意大利咖啡。尝试汤团，并保存了一些水果点心室。 < /吃>
- <吃名称=“玛祖卡舞去潮“按ALT =“”地址= “ 661 ñ拉萨尔街“的方向=“”电话= “+1 312 932-9330 “电子邮件=“”传真=“”时间=“中频上午11时午餐，下午2点，晚餐的M -钍5至下午10时，女5-10:30下午，萨4:30-10:30下午，苏日下午4-9:30 “价格=“客饭，午餐： 24.50美元，晚餐： 38.50美元“网址= “ http://www.fogodechao.com/locations/chicagoIL.htm “ >巴西牛排与一捻：食客将收到一盘盘在他们的前面，如果是绿色的，服务员会环绕你的热肉串烧，不屈不挠，直到你翻转光盘为红色。 < /吃>
- <吃名称= “基因与乔治蒂“按ALT =“”地址= “500 N富兰克林街“的方向=“”电话= “+1 312 527-3718 “电子邮件=“”传真=“”时间=“上午十一时至午夜“价格=“”链接=“ http://www.geneandgeorgetti.com/ “ >这古老的芝加哥牛排馆（ 60岁）已接待了老芝加哥像法兰克辛纳屈和露球以及当代大款牛排吃。这是一个传统的意大利裔美国牛排和服务于在一个城市，这些东西需要认真一些最好的牛排。 < /吃>
- <吃名称=“吉布森斯酒吧和牛排“按ALT =“”地址= “ 1028 ñ拉什街“的方向=“克拉克/科红线“电话= “+1 312 266-8999 “电子邮件=“”传真=“”时间=“上午十一时至午夜酒吧上午十一时至上午02时“价格=“”链接=“ http://www.gibsonssteakhouse.com/ “ >在墙上看是谁在吉布森斯有吃饭和无数名人的图片，您会看看为什么这是一个为那些谁想要伸展到芝加哥访问期间他们的钱包必须的。您可能会遇到一个名人自己。 < /吃>
- <吃名称=“那霸“按ALT =“”地址= “500 N克拉克圣“的方向=“”电话= “+1 312 321-6242 “电子邮件=“”传真=“”链接=“ http://www 。那霸chicago.com /小时“ =“午餐：中频上午11:30下午2点，晚餐：男，钍下午5时30分， 9 ：30，架F -萨下午5时半至下午10时“价格= “$ 40-80 “ >一种特殊的融合餐厅由一星级亚美尼亚和美国为首的厨师在加州和地中海风格的菜肴专业。 < /吃>
- <吃名称=“罗斯巴德的牛排馆“按ALT =“”地址= “192 é沃尔顿特等“方向= “芝加哥红线“电话= “+1 312 397-1000 “电子邮件=“”传真=“” =网址的“http ：/ / www.rosebudrestaurants.com/rest4.php?s=home小时“ =“的M -钍上午11:30至晚上十一时，女上午11:30午夜，萨下午3午夜，苏三至下午10时“价格=“” >在芝加哥的赌注最佳汉堡一个强有力的竞争者，而不是牛排坏的。另外还有罗斯巴德对拉什 [ http://www.rosebudrestaurants.com/rest3.php ] ，一种对名人的照片在墙上更老分行，但沃尔顿的位置是一个更喜欢与邻里。 < /吃>
- <吃名称=“斯皮亚贾“按ALT =“”地址= “ 980 ñ密歇根大道“的方向= “芝加哥红线“电话= “+1 312 280-2750 “网址=“ http://www.levyrestaurants.com/ Levy/DiningExperiences/Restaurants/Group2/Spiaggia.htm小时“ =“的M -钍下午6-9:30 ，女萨5:30-10:30下午，苏6点至9点，休息室5:30至晚上十一时“价格=“ $ 30-90 “纬度=“ “长=“ “电子邮件=“”传真=“”“世界级的当代区域公平与一意大利餐厅显着的房间里，俯瞰壮丽的经典触动。夹克男子要求，但关系是可选的。 < /吃>
Rush Street is probably the single best-known street for drinking and clubbing in Chicago. It's lined with late-night bars, both fashion-of-the-moment designer clubs and generic fake-Irish pubs. Rush Street branches off from State south of Elm and runs parallel to State from there, although the action is north of Chicago Avenue. There's also a similar densely-populated strip of late-night clubs on Division, between Clark and State.
- Andy's Jazz Club, 11 E Hubbard St, ☎ +1 312 642-6805 (fax: +1 312 467-9394). M-F 11:30AM-1:30AM, Sa 5PM-2AM, Su 5PM-1AM. A nice and slightly less pretentious jazz club featuring straight-ahead performances nightly. Admission: Su-Th $5, F-Sa $10, Dinner: $15-25.
- Blue Chicago, 736 N Clark St (Chicago Brown Line), ☎ +1 312 642-6261, . Su-F 8PM-2AM, Sa 8PM-3AM. Live blues most nights of the week, except for Sundays. Has a sister club by the same name just a couple blocks away at 536 N Clark (312 661-0100, no music on Mondays). Cover Su-Th $8, F-Sa $10.
- Cityfront 455, 455 N Cityfront Plaza (in the NBC Tower), ☎ +1 312 494-1452. M-Th 4PM-10PM, F-Sa 4PM-midnight. A very nice wine bar in the NBC Tower lobby with helpful staff. Also serves high quality vodkas and martinis.
- Excalibur, 632 N Dearborn St, ☎ +1 312 266-1944, . Open 5PM-4AM most nights, until 5AM on Saturdays. Listed more for the spectacle than the actual experience of drinking and dancing here, this dance club has been attracting minor celebrities and hordes of hook-up seeking city-dwellers and suburbanites for years. Just watching partygoers totter in from the outdoor seating at Pizzeria UNO (see above) can be hysterical.
- The Hangge-Uppe, 14 W Elm St, ☎ +1 312 337-0561, . Su-F to 4AM, Sa to 5AM. The best bar in the Rush/Division nexus. Drinks aren't over-priced, the decor is cool, and there are two floors for dancing, depending on whether you prefer retro or modern beats.
- House of Blues, 329 N Dearborn St, ☎ +1 312 923-2000, . Hours vary by event; Sunday morning gospel brunch starts at 10AM. Food, drinks, and music. Blues fans may find something good, but the roster of bands can stray from the classic old bluesman with a guitar to the worst of twentieth-century music (no genre excepted), so don't show up without checking the schedule first. Tickets can run as low as $10 and upwards of $55 for some national touring acts.
- The Original Mother's, 26 W Division St, ☎ +1 312 642-7251, . Su-F 8PM-4AM, Sa to 5AM. Hugely popular bar that trades on old rock-and-roll cred — Cream, The Velvet Underground played here long ago — to adorn a modern dance floor and pool tables.
- Pippin's Tavern, 806 N Rush St (Chicago Red Line), ☎ +1 312 787-5435, . Su-F to 4AM, Sa to 5AM. Fake Irish pub, notable mainly for being tucked away behind the Water Tower, right off the Magnificent Mile. The after-work crowd is generally laid back, and the lack of (excessively) loud music and sports TV makes this a decent choice for exhausted shoppers in need of a beer.
- The Redhead Piano Bar, 16 W Ontario St, ☎ +1 312 640-1000, . Sat 7PM-5AM, Sun-Fri 7PM-4AM. Cocktails, live music, and a schmaltzy sort of elegance.
- Second Story Bar, 157 E Ohio St, Apt 2 (Grand Red Line), ☎ +1 312 923-9536. Su-F noon-2AM, Sa noon-3AM. It's no small feat to find this place — look for the pink-lettered sign up on, well, the second story. Inside, you'll find a gay bar that falls on the fun side of sleazy (or the sleazy side of fun), far more of a dive than you would expect in these surroundings and the perfect antidote to hotel bars.
- Signature Room, John Hancock Center, 875 N Michigan Ave (Chicago Red Line), ☎ +1 312 787-9596, . Su-Th 5-10PM, F-Sa 5-11PM. Just above the Hancock Observatory (above). Expensive drinks on the 95th floor, with live jazz on the weekends. Skip the over-priced food, but the view makes this a great place for evening cocktails, and a more civilized alternative to the sometimes over-crowded observatory one floor below.
Again, this is expensive territory — nearly every tourist stays here, and the rates reflect that. If price is a concern, remember that this area is well-served by public transportation from every direction, including places where you can sleep a bit cheaper. On the other hand, if part of the vision for your vacation is a memorable hotel, this is definitely the place to be.
- The Allerton Hotel Chicago, 701 N Michigan Ave (Chicago Red Line), ☎ +1 312 440-1500, . Classic Chicago building with modern interiors; generations have known it for the neon TIP TOP TAP at the top of the building, referring to the swanky club that operated up there in the 1950's (but not any more). Rooms from $189 a night.
- Best Western River North, 125 W Ohio St (Chicago Brown Line), ☎ +1 800 704-6941, . A little bit out of the way, but close to I-90/94 for easy travels by car; amenities include free parking and an indoor pool. Rooms from $159 per night.
- Comfort Inn & Suites Downtown Chicago Hotel, 15 E Ohio St (Grand Red Line), ☎ +1 312 894-0900, . Rooms from $179 a night.
- Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, 216 E Ontario St (Grand Red Line), ☎ +1 312 787-3777, . 185 rooms and suites just one block east of Michigan Avenue on the corner of Ontario St and N St Clair St. Rooms from $129.
- Flemish House of Chicago, 68 E Cedar St, ☎ +1 312 664-9981 ([email protected], fax: +1 312 664-0387), . Furnished studio and one bedroom apartments in a historic 19th century greystone on a quiet Gold Coast street. Rooms from $150.
- Howard Johnson Inn Downtown Chicago, 720 N LaSalle St (Chicago Brown Line), ☎ +1 312 664-8100, . Slightly inconspicuous, but in a great location for sights throughout the Near North and the Loop. Parking available. Rooms from $139 per night.
- Red Roof Inn, 162 E Ontario St (Grand Red Line), ☎ +1 312 787-1299, . A bit incongruous, but right in the middle of things. Rooms from $139.
- Tokyo Hotel, 19 E Ohio St (Grand Red Line), ☎ +1 312 787-4900. Seedy to the hilt, but it's in a safe neighborhood, and a historic building. Popular with international backpackers. The hotel has two budget restaurants by its street entrance: Ginza (Japanese, +1 312 222-0600) and Yu Shan (Chinese, +1 312 527-4400). Rooms from $45.
- The Whitehall Hotel, 105 E Delaware Pl (Chicago Red Line), ☎ +1 312 944-6300, . An independent, high-rise hotel in a quiet pocket just down the street from the Hancock and Water Tower Place. Rooms from $169 a night.
The Water Tower stands tall at dusk
- Avenue Hotel Chicago, 160 E Huron St (Grand Red Line), ☎ +1 877 283-5110, . Located in the heart of Magnificent Mile, formerly the Radisson. Rooms from $209 a night.
- Conrad Chicago, 521 N Rush St (Grand Red Line), ☎ +1 312 645-1500, . Adjoins The Shops at North Bridge. Rooms from $215.
- The Drake, 140 E Walton Pl (Chicago Red Line), ☎ +1 312 787-2200, . It was swallowed into the Hilton chain some years ago, but the Drake is still the definition of old Chicago elegance. Founded in 1920, it's on the National Register of Historic Places, and probably has a longer list of celebrity guests than any hotel in the city, save possibly the Palmer House in the Loop. It's right off Michigan Avenue and the prime shopping district. Rooms from $255 a night.
- Embassy Suites Chicago-Downtown Magnificent Mile (Grand Red Line), 600 N State St, ☎ +1 312 943-3800, . Not right on Michigan Avenue, despite the name, but an easy walk. Rooms from $249 a night.
- Four Points by Sheraton Chicago, 630 N Rush St, ☎ +1 312 981-6600, . New hotel with 226 rooms and suites that include in-room refrigerators and microwaves; many rooms also feature balconies and whirlpool tubs. Service is excellent, and this is a good place to find cheap rates during slow periods. Rooms from $275.
- Hilton Garden Inn Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile, 10 E Grand Ave, ☎ +1 877 782-9444, . Located just off the Magnificent Mile, and adjacent to the River North dining & entertainment area. Rooms from $229 a night.
- James Hotel Chicago, 55 E Ontario St (Grand Red Line), ☎ +1 877 526-3755, . A boutique hotel with a gym, restaurant, and modern touches such as large LCD TV's, iPod docks, wireless internet, and martini glasses in the mini-bar. Rooms from $279 a night.
- Omni Chicago Hotel, 676 N Michigan Ave (Chicago Red Line), ☎ +1 312 944-6664, . Among the amenities are an indoor swimming pool and two rooftop sundecks. Rooms from $229.
- Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers, 301 E North Water St (Grand Red Line), ☎ +1 877-242-2558, . The Sheraton does enormous business for business meetings and conventions. Most rooms offer views over the Chicago River. The hotel has a steak house (Shula's) and a burger joint, as well as an indoor swimming pool. Rooms from $199 a night.
- The Talbott Hotel, 20 E Delaware Pl (Chicago Red Line), ☎ +1 312 944-4970, . 16-story boutique hotel down the block from the Hancock. Though built in 1927, they tout their eco-friendly updates. Crain's ranked it the city's best hotel for business travelers. Rooms from $209 a night.
- Wyndham Chicago Hotel, 633 N St Clair St, ☎ +1 312 573-0300, . Friendly staff, decent rooms with plenty of business amenities. If you register for the Wyndham ByRequest "frequent traveler" program, when you arrive, your favorite music will be playing in your room and a plate of fruit and iced tea (or whatever you choose) will be waiting for you. Rooms from $233.
- The Four Seasons, 120 E Delaware Pl (Chicago Red Line), ☎ +1 312 280-8800, . Right across from the Hancock. Rooms from $470 a night.
- InterContinental Chicago, 505 N Michigan Ave (Grand Red Line), ☎ +1 312 944-4100, . Originally built as an athletic club, the InterContinental is flush with gorgeous 1920's design flourishes. The grand swimming pool on the 14th floor is simply astonishing — worth a look whether you've brought your trunks or not. (If you're not staying here, $15 can usually get you access to the sauna and pool.) Rooms from $349 a night.
- Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel, 163 E Walton Pl (Chicago Red Line), ☎ +1 312 751-8100, . Across from the Drake and right around the corner from Michigan Avenue, with Nix, a quiet, knockout-delicious cafe/restaurant on the first floor (at knockout-expensive prices). Rooms from $329.
- The Park Hyatt, 800 N Michigan Ave (Chicago Red Line), ☎ +1 312 335-1234, . A bona-fide member of the Chicago skyline, towering over the Water Tower and the Magnificent Mile. Guest rooms are sleek, stylish, and comfortable, and the hotel's NoMi restaurant is quite good. Rooms from $495 a night.
- The Peninsula, 108 E Superior St (Grand Red Line), ☎ +1 866 288-8889, . The Peninsula has been recognized by AAA with a Five-Diamond award. That combined with its high prices and the Mag Mile address mean top-notch service, bells & whistles, and impressive views. Those not sleeping here may want to stop by on a Friday or Saturday night for the Lobby's all-you-can-eat high-end chocolate buffet (8PM-11:30PM, $26). Rooms from $525 a night.
- The Ritz Carlton, 160 E Pearson St (Chicago Red Line), ☎ +1 312 266-1000, . Atop the Water Tower Place shopping center. Rooms from $470 a night.
- Chicago Public Library, Near North Branch, 310 W Division St (Clark/Division Red Line to 70 Division bus), ☎ +1 312 744-0991, . M-Th 9AM-9PM, F-Sa 9AM-5PM. Public internet access. It's between the Sedgwick and Chicago Brown Line stations, but a long walk from either. The area is safe during the day, but don't walk far by night.
- Cyber Cafe, 25 E Pearson St, ☎ +1 312 915-8595 (fax: +1 312 915-6473). M-Th 7AM-9:30PM, F-Sa 7AM-5PM. A Jesuit run internet cafe with coffee, snacks, antiques, and a quiet atmosphere.
- The Apple Store (see Buy) is a de facto free internet cafe, with all of the floor models hooked up to wi-fi, and the salesmen-to-customer ratio virtually ensures nobody will bother you if you want to dash off a few emails home.
- Old Town is just north, and segues neatly into the Near North with smaller boutiques, smaller palatial mansions, and the city's landmark theaters Steppenwolf and Second City.
- Wicker Park offers a parallel Magnificent Mile of hip, independent stores, bars and clubs. Lincoln Square is another exceptional shopping destination.
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