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Sir Richard Branson came to Chicago in a big way and Virgin Hotels Chicago is another delightful reminder of his golden touch. (Quick note: he also appears in the introduction on the TV in each room, so he does make an “appearance” to each guest, in a matter of speaking.) In the past few years, the debut hotel brand has garnered buzz from a variety of outlets. It makes a perfect place to camp out for a brief trip to check out all that Chicago has to offer.

Chicago is an architecture buff's playground—it's even, some have argued, the best architectural city in America. Stay overnight in the marvelous Alise Chicago Hotel while visiting the city, and you’ll be staying in a masterwork by Daniel Burnham, urban planner famous for his 1909 plan for Chicago, and architect of many great Chicago buildings, including the Columbian Exposition.

The bustle at the Kimpton Hotel Allegro starts as soon as you step off the sidewalk on Randolph Street in the Chicago Theatre District and up the stairs into their lobby. With its Art Deco interior and the welcoming feel you’ll get when checking in, it’s easy to see why so many people make the Hotel Allegro their home-away-from home when visiting Chicago.

Touring a local brewery or just stopping by for a drink is always a fun activity for beer enthusiasts. There's no shortage of great breweries in the Chicago Loop that offer tours and other events. If you’re looking for a relaxing indoor activity during Chicago’s winter, these Chicago craft beer spots offer excellent escapes from the cold weather. Read on to learn about the best breweries in downtown Chicago near the Loop.

P is for the Palmer House Peacocks: Chicago A–Z

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 12:00 AM by Max Grinnell

Palmer House Peacocks

Every major American city has a jewelry story that has appealed to high society, and Chicago is no exception. The city's first jewelry store was run by one Elijah Peacock, which he opened in 1837, the same year Chicago was established as a city. In a very real sense it predated the establishment of a nouveau riche class of Chicago residents. Nevertheless, the store served members of the moneyed elite, who stepped into the store through a set of doors that exemplified the riches inside.

The Florentine

As the weather grows colder—and quickly!—rich, hearty flavors beckon us inside from the chill. The bright colors of autumn's harvest—think roasted delicata squash, pink-red pomegranates, pumpkin seeds, swiss chard and more—warm and delight us. This time of year, many of Chicago’s top restaurants transition to new fall menus, which means you'll reap the bounty of eating seasonally, plus you may get the opportunity to find new favorite dishes at old favorite spots!

Revival Food Hall

Since the opening of Revival Food Hall (125 S. Clark Street in the Loop) earlier this year, Chicago has been abuzz with talk about this quirky food hall and the restaurateurs who take part in it. A visit gets you some of the great food experiences the city has to offer without leaving the hub of downtown. We've got inspiration aimed straight for your stomach with a list of the Revival Food Hall vendors at a glance, plus some insider tips and cheap-eats suggestions.

ACME Hotel's Chicago Street Art Tour

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 12:00 AM by Maddy Osman

Celebrating the popularity of street art in Chicago, ACME Hotel Company decided to launch its first-ever Street Art Tour. ACME Hotel Company's creation of this street art tour is also an expression of their steady commitment to creative expression. The Chicago mural tour began this summer, and is continuing on strong this season. 

Revival Food Hall Pays Homage to Chicago

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 12:00 AM by Matt Kirouac

Revival Food Hall Chicago

First came Chicago French Market, then came Eataly and Latinicity. Food halls are becoming quite the thing in Chicago, and while up until this point they've skewed international, an upcoming food hall will pay homage to its homeland in the Loop. Here's everything you need to know about Revival Food Hall.

ACTIVATE Street Festival Chicago

Pop-up alley parties are a thing in Chicago! The Chicago Loop Alliance is extra busy this summer as they continue their popular ACTIVATE event series. In their own words, ACTIVATE, "transforms iconic Loop alleys into pop-up urban experiences. Combining the talents of Chicago's most creative minds, the events feature art, music, and more in unique urban settings." Find out everything you need to know with this party primer and check the schedule for all the upcoming dates.

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