So you've been to Chicago. You LOVE Chicago. How can we blame you... have you seen our skyline? If you're looking to expand your horizons and try new places to visit in Chicago, we have a roundup of where to eat, drink and play now. Because while all-time favorite places like Gene & Georgetti will never fail you, this is a town that loves its beef so it's worth exploring one of the many new steakhouses on the scene.
In 2017, make plans to hit a few of our alternatives to the old classics. Here are 14 spots you can't leave Chicago without trying on your return visit.
Been here? Chicago French Market, the city's original indoor market since 2009.
Do this. Revival Food Hall boasts 15 stalls from Chicago's favorite neighborhood eats, plus a handful of fast-casual debuts from acclaimed Chicago chefs.
Been here? The original Clybourn Avenue location of Goose Island Brew Pub, home to award-winning ales and lagers since 1988 (currently closed until late spring for a full renovation).
Do this. The beloved Baderbräu launched Chicago's craft beer movement in the 90s — brewer Rob Sama has resurrected it for new generations to enjoy.
Been here? Gene & Georgetti, Chicago's oldest steakhouse founded in 1941.
Do this. Savor the simplicity of a really great steak at Prime & Provisions, where perfectly
cooked cuts are worthy of celebration.
Been here? Lakefront Trail, an impressive 18-mile paved stretch flanked by Lake Michigan, popular parks and skyline views.
Do this. Elevate your urban hiking on The 606: 2.7 miles of manicured meandering that takes you through Logan Square, Humboldt Park and Wicker Park/Bucktown.
Been here? theWit Chicago, a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, ultra chic space rated a "Best in the World Hotel" by Condé Nast Traveler.
Do this. Globally inspired architecture with unparalleled access to the city's brightest local color? Check in at the brand-new Conrad Chicago.
Been here? Sixteen at Trump, owner of two Michelin stars and amazing city views from 30-foot floor-to-ceiling windows.
Do this. Get a better-than-bird's-eye-view at LH on 22, where classic cocktails and small bites make sweeping river and city views even sweeter.
Been here? Block 37
, the Loop urban center that brought us dine-in movies and exotic food hall Latinicity.
Do this. Lincoln Park's all-in-one retail district, NewCity, offers everything from the latest movies and craft beers to temptations for every kind of shopper.
Been here? Phoenix, no-frills Chicago original with rolling cart offerings and authentic Chinese in the heart of Chinatown.
Do this. Imperial Lamian goes beyond the average bowl with hand-pulled noodles and a rainbow of beautifully crafted bao in the River North district.
Been here? Hotel Allegro, a historic boutique with Golden Era flair was the first Kimpton to open in Chicago (1998).
Do this. With its central Loop location, cozy library-themed bar and Boleo the breezy rooftop lounge, The Kimpton Gray Hotel is the perfect base for exploring.
Been here? The Second City, the home of famed sketch comedy and improv with alums like Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert and Bill Murray.
Do this. Hyde Park's Compass Players invented improv comedy, so it's only fitting that The Revival should set up its sidesplitting shop here.
West Loop foodie magnet Au Cheval
, crowned best burger in America by both Bon Appetit
and Food Network
Do this. Yes, you can get a great burger at Johnny's Grill. But there's something awesome about ordering a tofu bahn mi at an old-school diner, too.
Been here? The Violet Hour, mother of Chicago's speakeasy cocktail trend.
Do this. Fifty bucks will score you one of the eight seats at Milk Room, where you'll spend a few magical hours sipping THE most exclusive cocktails in the world.
Been here? Hubbard Street in River North, the row of fun for downtown nightlife spans dance parties to supper clubs to retro bars.
Do this. The stretch of Milwaukee Avenue in Logan Square is Chicago's newest pub-crawl spot — don't miss Emporium and Slippery Slope.
Been here? Chicago Detours
, founder of top-rated tours that include "Best Architecture Walking Tour Since Sliced Bread."
Do this. Meet up with Gordon Meyer for his Bizarre Bucktown Walking Tour — history and mystery are included in this haunted jaunt.