Chicago welcomed a record-breaking 55 million visitors in 2017, Condé Nast Traveler readers vote Chicago the #1 best big city in the U.S., Alinea and Grace are each awarded three Michelin stars, plus Wintrust Arena and Marriott Marquis Chicago open near McCormick Place.
- Mayor Rahm Emanuel Announces Record Chicago Visitors
- Chicago Ranks #1 in Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards for Best Big Cities in the U.S.
- 2018 Michelin Guide Chicago Awards Three Stars to Alinea
- Marriott Marquis Chicago Opens
- Hilton Chicago Completes $150 million Renovation
- Wintrust Arena Debuts Near McCormick Place
- Gibsons Restaurant Group Opens the Riverfront Gibsons Italia
- Renovated Goose Island Brewpub Reopens as Goose Island Brewhouse
Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that Chicago reached its goal of 55 million visitors annually in 2017—three years earlier than predicted. Chicago has been setting tourism records every year since 2012.
Chicago was lauded for holding the biggest architecture biennial in North America, its James Beard Award-winning chefs (with Alinea getting a shout out) and comedy at the legendary Second City.
The 2018 Michelin Guide Chicago has once again awarded three stars to world-renowned Alinea, owned by Chef Grant Achatz. Two stars were given to critically acclaimed Acadia, Oriole, Sixteen and Smyth restaurants.
The hotly anticipated Marriott Marquis Chicago hotel has opened. The 40-story, 1,205-room hotel features a pedestrian sky bridge that links it to the new neighboring Wintrust Arena and McCormick Place convention center.
The 90-year-old Hilton Chicago recently completed an extensive top-to-bottom hotel revamp. The renovation includes a contemporary redesign of the Continental Ballroom and the restoration of the 5,000-sq.-ft. Conrad Hilton Suite (the largest suite in the Midwest).
The new 10,387-seat Wintrust Arena, which hosts a year-round calendar of sporting events and concerts, is the newest addition to The Collection at McCormick Square complex. Wintrust Arena also serves as the home court of Chicago’s DePaul University Blue Demons men’s and women’s basketball teams, as well as the Chicago Sky WNBA team.
The new Gibsons Italia is a stunning three-level Italian steakhouse that offers sweeping views of the Chicago River. The main dining room is on the second floor, while the third floor features a lounge with a dramatic retractable roof that allows for year-round cocktails with picturesque water views that change with the season.
Goose Island Brewhouse has reopened with a modern new look and an expanded on-site brewery. The new menu of elevated pub fare includes house-cured meats and mussels (a brewpub staple). The kitchen is open to the dining room, and windows look down to the Goose Island brewery vats producing favorites like Honkers Ale.