With so many cultural institutions, Chicago is a hotspot for performing and fine arts. With one
of the most renowned art museums, an unparalleled symphony and 5 Tony award winning theaters, the "City of Broad Shoulders" stands head and
shoulders above the rest. Delve into the cultural side of the city with this 2-day sightseeing itinerary.
❏ Start with brunch at Remington's on Michigan Avenue. The classic American grill is located right across from Millennium Park so take a peek at "The Bean" (aka Cloud Gate) if you haven't yet.
❏ Visit the free Chicago
Cultural Center where the world's largest Tiffany stained glass dome resides
and visual art galleries thrive.
❏ While you're at the Chicago Cultural Center, meet up with a free
InstaGreeter tour guide who can show you public artwork throughout the Loop,
showcasing pieces by Picasso, Chagall, Miró and Calder.
❏ Spend the afternoon at the Art Institute of Chicago. Its
superb collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artwork is matchless.
❏ In the Art Institute of Chicago's Modern Wing, grab a fresh, organic lunch in a sophisticated setting at Terzo Piano.
❏ Feast on Italian cuisine at Tesori for dinner. Fresh ingredients and handmade pastas are the focus at this trattoria, which offers up several tasty chicchetti options to start and a daily happy hour.
❏ Head over to
nearby Symphony Center (conveniently located right next to Tesori — you don't even have to leave the building!) to hear the
Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
❏ Get a good night's sleep at the Park Hyatt Chicago,
where dramatic lake and city views, original artwork — including Gerard
Richter's painting of Milan's Piazza del Duomo — and an inviting lounge at the
onsite restaurant NoMI Kitchen will make you never want to leave.
❏ Grab a breakfast flatbread at Farmhouse. The farm-to-tavern concept may be known for its great craft beer selections, but brunch is a winner too with other items to round out the menu like Stuffed French Toast, a 6-oz. ribeye Steak and Eggs, and the very-filling Farmer's Breakfast.
❏ Then browse art
galleries in River North. Local experts from Chicago Gallery News offer free seasonal tours, but you can also take a self-guided outing of the district's many galleries.
❏ For lunch, enjoy regional Italian food and delectable wine
at Quartino Ristorante.
❏ See the colorful Tiffany dome at the Driehaus Museum. This palatial home is a stunning example of grand, 19th-century living in Chicago.
❏ Pay a visit to the Poetry Foundation, which houses a 30,000-volume
poetry library and an exhibition
❏ Have dinner at the chic Vermilion, and dine on Indian and Latin American fusion. Need help deciding? The Lobster Portuguese topped a USA Today "Top 20 Dishes" list.
❏ Later, take in a Broadway production at one of
the city's historic theaters such as The PrivateBank Theatre, Cadillac
Palace Theatre or the Oriental Theatre.
MORNING & AFTERNOON
❏ Take in live music with brunch at The Lobby inside The Peninsula Chicago.
❏ Walk over to the Museum of Contemporary Art
Chicago. You'll find a linger-worthy afternoon of original exhibitions.
Featuring photography, sculpture, video and paintings, it has a rotating
collection of 2,500 objects.
❏ For dinner, sample delicious seafood at Riva Crabhouse. The views from here on Navy Pier are a perfect backdrop to dishes like Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes and Alaskan Salmon in Thai Coconut Broth.
❏ Spend the rest of your evening with the Bard at the global theatrical force that is Chicago Shakespeare
PLUS... 6 NIGHTCAPS WITH LIVE MUSIC
- Green Mill: Watch jazz at a place that hasn't changed
since Al Capone frequented it.
- Howl at the Moon: Clap and stomp to the sounds of dueling
- POPS for Champagne: Enjoy live jazz while sipping the bubbly.
- Redhead Piano Bar: Cocktails and sing-alongs are the fashion here.
- Andy's Jazz Club: Step into one of Chicago's most traditional jazz clubs.
- Elbo Room: Live bands and karaoke entertain at this lively venue.