Looking to explore the “Windy City,” a.k.a Chicago? Well, journalist and former resident Amber Gibson (@amberyv) is here to show you around with her “1, 2, 3 Destination Guide” to the city.
The Gwen feels like The Great Gatsby, with Art Deco furnishings and sumptuously appointed rooms right on Michigan Avenue. There’s whimsical Tipsy Tea on weekends and James Beard Award-winning chef Carrie Nahabedian runs the coastal Mediterranean kitchen at Kostali.
The hottest new restaurant opening in Chicago this summer, Adorn is a glamorous twist on American comfort food by Chef Jonathon Sawyer (@chefsawyer). There’s croissant cereal at breakfast and fried chicken and lobster bucatini for dinner, along with a beautiful selection of vegetarian options.
Chef Sujan Sarkar cooks up the most inventive Indian food in Chicago, accompanied by Ayurvedic cocktails inspired by the six rasas, or tastes, to balance body and spirit. You’ll want plenty of fresh naan to sop up the vibrant sauces accompanying butter chicken and gunpowder scallops. There are many vegan and gluten-free dishes too.
This next generation art museum in the West Loop blends art and technology for an immersive experience with touchless interactive exhibits like Keith Haring’s spray-painted animations and Chicago’s first Yayoi Kusama Infinity Room.
Chicago’s most famous park is beautiful to visit in all seasons, whether for winter ice skating or movies in the park and free summer festivals. Snap a photo by the gleaming Cloud Gate sculpture (nicknamed ‘the Bean’) before having a picnic on the great lawn beside Pritzker Pavilion.
The Chicago Architecture Center’s popular river cruises are back and better than ever this summer with plenty of new buildings to discover including Jeannie Gang’s elegantly undulating St. Regis Chicago and the Sable Hotel on Navy Pier. Trained volunteer docents educate and entertain on the 90-minute tour and full-service bars are available aboard all seven vessels.