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Chicago for Art and music lovers

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Chicago is a feast for the eyes, the mouth, and the ears so in three days one can test all of these senses.

Good for
  • Friends
  • Couples
  • Senior
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Foodie
  • Luxury Traveller

16 Places

2 City Tips

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16 Places

Boka Restaurant

Restaurants

The Talbott Hotel

Hotels

Cloud Gate

Monuments & Statues, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Millennium Park

Parks, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Walking Areas

The Art Institute of Chicago

Art Museums

Symphony Center - Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Symphonies

PICCOLO SOGNO DUE

Restaurants

Lyric Opera of Chicago

Operas

Pelago Ristorante

Restaurants

Terzo Piano

Restaurants

The Magnificent Mile

Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Navy Pier

Theme Parks, Piers & Boardwalks

The Magnificent Mile

Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Richard H. Driehaus Museum

Speciality Museums

Eataly

Restaurants

Sepia

Restaurants

deyurdin's City Tips

  • Chicago is a first class restaurant city so make reservations as soon as you can. Check out the list on line or Chicago Magazine
  • Check out the concert schedules and Art exhibits on line before planning a long weekend
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    Boka Restaurant
    Restaurants (American)
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    deyurdin Says:

    On the near North side is this wonderful restaurant with a most creative menu. On a good day, there is outdoor service. The wine list is great but it is the food that will have you enthralled.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 5,978 restaurants in Chicago
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • FABULOUS 11/10/2017
    • Love Tasting Menu 09/10/2017
    • Boka Restaurant
    Address:
    1729 N Halsted St
    Ste 1
    Chicago, IL 60614-5537
    Phone:
    +1 312-337-6070
    Price range:
    US$31 - US$40
    Hours:
    Sun - Tue
    17:00 - 21:00
    Wed - Thu
    17:00 - 21:30
    Fri - Sat
    17:00 - 22:30
    Other:
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    The Talbott Hotel
    Hotels
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    deyurdin Says:

    This small boutique hotel,is steps away from Michigan Avenue. The rooms are comfortable and the staff is first rate. It is like staying with friends

    Good for
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • For Seniors, there are good rates. Ask.
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 192 Hotels in Chicago
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Loved the Talbott 18/10/2017
    • Good hotel at good location. 18/10/2017
    • The Talbott Hotel
    Address:
    20 East Delaware Place
    Chicago, IL 60611
    Phone:
    +1 800-825-2688
    Other:
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    Cloud Gate
    Monuments & Statues, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    deyurdin Says:

    This amazing Anish Kapoor designed "bean" sculpture is a real part of the park and watching the many people interact with it is fun.

    Good for
    • Must See
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 662 things to do in Chicago
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Icon of Chicago and a must 20/10/2017
    • Could Be Chicago's Symbol 19/10/2017
    • Cloud Gate
    Address:
    201 E. Randolph St.
    Millenium Park
    Chicago, IL 60601-6530
    Phone:
    312-742-1168
    Other:
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    Millennium Park
    Parks, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Walking Areas
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    deyurdin Says:

    This large but well designed park in the heart of the city is worth a visit. Gardens, world class designed venues and sculpture is outstanding and like no other anywhere

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Good walking shoes. Check out the band shell. Maybe there will be some music.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 662 things to do in Chicago
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Not Just A Park 19/10/2017
    • Have to see the bean! 19/10/2017
    • Millennium Park
    Address:
    201 East Randolph Street
    Between Michigan Avenue & Columbus Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60601-6530
    Phone:
    +1 312-742-1168
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    06:00 - 23:00
    Other:
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    The Art Institute of Chicago
    Art Museums
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    deyurdin Says:

    This is a world class art museum and the new wing designed by Renzo Piano is sleek and contains the very best in modern art. Watch for special exhibits that the staff does superbly well.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Be sure to stop in the museum shop. The variety of Art and gifts, books and gadgets is wonderful. Makes good shopping.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 662 things to do in Chicago
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Chicago Institution 19/10/2017
    • Great collection 19/10/2017
    • The Art Institute of Chicago
    Address:
    111 S Michigan Ave
    159 East Monroe Street
    Chicago, IL 60603
    Phone:
    +1 312-443-3600
    Price range:
    US$25 - US$25
    Hours:
    Thu
    10:30 - 20:00
    Fri - Wed
    10:30 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Symphony Center - Chicago Symphony Orchestra
    Symphonies
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    deyurdin Says:

    Chicago Symphony is in the top five. This is a world class orchestra. If you are desirous of great music and artists, check out the schedule and go!

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Balcony seating is good and reasonably priced.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 662 things to do in Chicago
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • World class Orchestra 17/10/2017
    • Date night 11/10/2017
    • Symphony Center - Chicago Symphony Orchestra
    Address:
    220 S Michigan Ave
    Chicago Symphony Centre
    Chicago, IL 60604-2596
    Phone:
    +1 312-294-3000
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    PICCOLO SOGNO DUE
    Restaurants (Italian)
    deyurdin Says:

    This restaurant is moderately expensive, friendly, and worth lunch. This is the second location and has added another good eatery in mid town.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    Tips
    • Not open on Saturday for lunch.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #547 of 5,978 restaurants in Chicago
    • Decadent lunch! 28/08/2017
    • Good-bye Piccolo Sogno Due, hello Nonnina 24/03/2017
    • PICCOLO SOGNO DUE
    Address:
    340 N Clark St
    Chicago, IL 60654-4709
    Phone:
    312-822-0077
    Price range:
    US$31 - US$50
    Hours:
    Sun
    17:00 - 22:00
    Mon - Thu
    17:30 - 22:30
    Mon - Fri
    11:30 - 14:30
    Fri
    17:30 - 23:00
    Sat
    17:00 - 23:00
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    Lyric Opera of Chicago
    Operas
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    deyurdin Says:

    If Opera is your thing, you cannot go wrong with the offerings here. A beautiful house with great acoustics and the best in repetoire. World class singers.

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    Tips
    • Seats on main floor are best.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #58 of 662 things to do in Chicago
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Interesting choices of operas 16/10/2017
    • Very nice place, and the show of My Fair Lady was perfect. 29/05/2017
    • Lyric Opera of Chicago
    Address:
    20 N Wacker Dr
    Chicago, IL 60606-2806
    Phone:
    +1 312-827-5600
    Other:
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    Pelago Ristorante
    Restaurants (Italian, Mediterranean)
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    deyurdin Says:

    This is a fine Italian restaurant in a boutique hotel off the Avenue toward the Lake. Small, pricey, great service. Elegant dining

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Couples
    • Luxury Traveller
    Tips
    • Lovely romantic spot or worthy of a celebration.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #667 of 5,978 restaurants in Chicago
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • old world charm and excellent food 08/10/2017
    • Fine dining in the Windy City 07/10/2017
    • Pelago Ristorante
    Address:
    201 E Delaware Pl
    Chicago, IL 60611-1713
    Phone:
    +1 312-280-0700
    Price range:
    US$50 - US$50
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:30 - 14:30
    16:30 - 22:30
    Other:
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    Terzo Piano
    Restaurants (Italian, American)
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    deyurdin Says:

    This well designed space in the new wing of the Art Institute is a lovely spot for lunch when visiting the museum. It is crisp and clean in decor and the food supervised by one of Chicago's finest chefs is a real pleasure.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Make reservations. Weather permitting, a table on the roof overlooking Millennium Park is terrific.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #292 of 5,978 restaurants in Chicago
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fine dining with great views 30/09/2017
    • Fantastic. 25/09/2017
    • Terzo Piano
    Address:
    159 E Monroe St
    Chicago Art Institute
    Chicago, IL 60603
    Phone:
    +1 312-443-8650
    Price range:
    US$30 - US$30
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 - 15:00
    Thu
    17:00 - 20:00
    Other:
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    The Magnificent Mile
    Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    deyurdin Says:

    This is a walking street with the best in shops and architecture.

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Browse the area around the old Water Tower.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 662 things to do in Chicago
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Chicago's Champs Elysees 20/10/2017
    • Shopping district! 18/10/2017
    • The Magnificent Mile
    Address:
    North Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60611
    Phone:
    +1 312-642-3570
    Other:
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    Navy Pier
    Theme Parks, Piers & Boardwalks
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    deyurdin Says:

    On a clear day, one can look at the city, visit a museum, see stained glass windows, attend a theatre, take a boat ride or attend a conference. This is a busy area and fun for all.

    Good for
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Check out Ctivities and take a boat ride on a good day
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #36 of 662 things to do in Chicago
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A Must Visit Spot 19/10/2017
    • Disappointing second visit 19/10/2017
    • Navy Pier
    Address:
    600 E Grand Ave
    Chicago, IL 60611-3419
    Phone:
    +1 312-595-7437
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    10:00 - 20:00
    Fri - Sat
    10:00 - 22:00
    Other:
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    The Magnificent Mile
    Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    deyurdin Says:

    Walk the avenue if only to enjoy the amazing architecture great world class shopping too.

    Good for
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Do get up to Water Tower Place and stroll through the real old Water Tower.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 662 things to do in Chicago
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Chicago's Champs Elysees 20/10/2017
    • Shopping district! 18/10/2017
    • The Magnificent Mile
    Address:
    North Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60611
    Phone:
    +1 312-642-3570
    Other:
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    Richard H. Driehaus Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    deyurdin Says:

    Tucked away a few blocks west of Michigan Avenue, this restored early Chicago mansion contains a fabulous collection of Tiffany glass.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Only a few places to sit. Try and time your visit with a guide.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 662 things to do in Chicago
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Remarkable historic mansion 19/10/2017
    • Gilded Age glory! 18/10/2017
    • Richard H. Driehaus Museum
    Address:
    40 E Erie St
    Chicago, IL 60611-2730
    Phone:
    +1 312-482-8933
    Price range:
    US$20 - US$20
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Eataly
    Restaurants (Italian, Pizza)
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    deyurdin Says:

    If you like exploring food emporiums, then wander through this Mecca of shops devoted to all things Italian. Stop in one of the restaurants or try a gelato. Lots of fun. Maybe buy some wine and cheese for your cocktail hour.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    Tips
    • Don't go late morning. Very crowded and busy
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #41 of 5,978 restaurants in Chicago
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Their amazing oysters... to die for... I mean dive for! 19/10/2017
    • Downtown Chicago Lunch 19/10/2017
    • Eataly
    Address:
    43 E Ohio St
    Chicago, IL 60611-2701
    Phone:
    +1 212-539-0204
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 23:00
    Other:
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    Sepia
    Restaurants (American)
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    deyurdin Says:

    This west side of the Loop restaurant is in an old Photography studio, thus the name. The food by a Southern influenced chef is outstanding. There is usually a lively bar scene at night. The service is knowledgeable and leisurely. Open for a special lunch.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Ask for a quiet table. The decor of brick and hard surface makes for more noise than I like when busy.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #272 of 5,978 restaurants in Chicago
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Exceptional accommodation of my dietary restrictions 08/10/2017
    • Great food!! 25/09/2017
    • Sepia
    Address:
    123 N Jefferson St
    Ste L-1
    Chicago, IL 60661-2325
    Phone:
    +1 312-441-1920
    Price range:
    US$35 - US$100
    Hours:
    Sun
    17:00 - 21:00
    Mon - Thu
    11:30 - 21:30
    Fri
    11:30 - 22:30
    Sat
    16:30 - 22:30
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