Chicago is one of the most popular U.S. destinations, according to TripAdvisor.
It has dozens of new hotels, restaurants and other attractions. Spring and summer is when the city shines, and there will be plenty for visitors to see and do.
The Hotel Zachary has five-star dining as well as street tacos.
Moxy Chicago Downtown, located at the intersection of LaSalle and Grand, is appealing the “young at heart” audience in mind – engaging, smart and free-spirited.
The Wheelhouse Hotel has a lot of history for locals and visitors. The Wrigleyville hotel has 15,000 square feet of space with 21 guest rooms.
In addition to various new hotels, the city’s new Chicago Architecture Center will open this summer in a dramatic new space with 40-foot tall curtain glass.
This summer, the Odyssey Chicago River Experience, a single-level, glass-enclosed boat offering 360-degree views of the surrounding architecture from the Chicago River, will debut.
The James Beard Awards, the Oscars of the culinary world, will be presented in Chicago for the second year in a row on May 7. Starting April 27, James Beard Eats Week will return for its fourth year, with more than 130 restaurants participating for 11 weeks.
Bellemore is chef Jimmy Papadopoulos collaboration with Boka Restaurant Group. Dishes include The Oyster Pie, a savory oyster custard topped with Osetra Caviar, crème fraiche, lemon dressed apple and dill; venison tartare with grilled mushrooms, turnips, pears, pumpernickel and lime; and dry aged duck glazed with raspberry vinegar.
Booth One is a classic restaurant from Rich Melman and the team at Lettuce Entertain You. It re-opened November at the Ambassador Chicago Hotel in the Gold Coast. Melman has teamed with the designers at Lettuce Entertain You to provide a menu with seasonal ingredients.
Gibsons Italia, which opened October 2017, is Gibsons Restaurant Group's first downtown restaurant since 2005. The modern Italian steakhouse menu created by chefs John Coletta and José Sosa features products sourced from around the globe: meat, seafood, shellfish, vegetables and authentic Italian pastas and risottos. It is located in the West Loop, adjacent to the new River Point building. The three-level restaurant and bar features outdoor dining and a retractable roof with views of the Chicago River and the city's skyline.
Marisol is the new restaurant and bar at the Museum of Contemporary Art, which features dishes from Chicago chef Jason Hammel.
The Moonlighter opened in Logan Square in November. It is a cozy 1000 square.-foot. indoor space with built-in fireplaces and an expansive 1000 square.-foot. dog-friendly front-porch patio. Think sour beers, cocktails, burgers and bar snacks.
Mordecai opened recently in the new Hotel Zachary. Its back bar features one of the country’s largest selections of rare, collectible vintage spirits. A full menu serves American-inspired bar fare and grilled entrees. The the venue pays homage to the legendary Cubs pitcher Mordecai Brown, including a wall with his signature as an art piece..
The Pink Squirrel is a retro cocktail bar meant to evoke the supper clubs of the 1960s. Located in Logan Square, it seats 50 people and features a bowling lane. The menu offers Wisconsin-style cocktails, along with milkshakes and ice cream.
The Press Room is a subterranean wine bar inside the Historic Free Methodist Publishing House building in West Loop. It has velvet tufted bench seating, a custom mural, a vintage refrigerator and plant life sitting on the windowsills. It seats 70 people.
Art on theMart, a permanent large-scale lighting installation, will open on the Chicago Riverwalk in Fall 2018.
Art Design Chicago will have more than 25 exhibitions and hundreds of public programs at more than 50 venues throughout 2018. The Terra Foundation is investing more than $6 million in grants and project support for partner organizations.
The American Writers Museum debuted last year in downtown Chicago. The interactive, high-tech museum educates people on the personal stories and literary works of various American writers from Mark Twain to Dr. Seuss.
In celebration of The Field Museum’s 125th anniversary in 2018, SUE the T-rex is getting a makeover. It will be a touchable cast of the biggest dinosaur ever discovered. The Field Museum will introduce the titanosaur cast, which is the largest dinosaur discovered, this year. SUE will be ready again by Spring 2019. The titanosaur will be fully assembled by late Spring 2018.
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