The New Year brings many new and exciting things to Chicago, from award-winning performances and exhibits, to world-class restaurants and thrilling festivals. Here is a quick overview of what to look forward to in Chicago in 2014.
Chicago: The Tony Award®-winning musical delivers show-stopping song and dance numbers as it tells the tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz. (2/25; Bank of America Theatre)
Peter and the Starcatcher: A grown-up's prequel to Peter Pan, this imaginative musical begs the question, how did Peter Pan become the Boy Who Never Grew Up? (4/2; Bank of America Theatre)
Motown The Musical: This musical tells the story behind the hits that changed America with music that broke barriers and shaped lives. (4/22; Oriental Theatre)
The Last Ship: The pre-Broadway world premiere is a tale inspired by Grammy Award®-winner Sting, who also wrote the original score. (6/10; Bank of America Theatre)
The Newsies: The classic turn-of-the-century story of the newspaper boys who defied the powerful news publisher and took a stand for their rights. (12/10; Bank of America Theatre)
The Godfrey Hotel Chicago: A 16-story upscale boutique with stunning architecture and stylish interior. It features 189 rooms and 39 suites, a fitness center and a 10,000-square-foot rooftop bar called IO Urban Roofscape. (2/2014)
The Kinzie Hotel: The five-story, 215-room upscale boutique will open in the space currently housed by the Amalfi Hotel. The multi-million dollar renovation will boast a timeless contemporary look and new image that pays tribute to John Kinzie, an untamed man who made a historical stamp on Chicago throughout the 19th century. (2/2014)
Virgin Hotel Chicago: Virgin Hotels will open a new location in the historic Dearborn Bank Building in the Loop. Specifics on design and amenities have been mum for now, but expect a stylish and elegant establishment fitting of its downtown location. (Fall 2014)
Hotel Indigo: U.K.-based InterContinental Hotel Groups PLC announced that it will manage a 145-room hotel in a long-vacant Michigan Avenue building just north of Millennium Park. The century old building will be gutted and refurbished to accommodate a state-of-the-art accommodation space, rooftop bar and 8000 square-foot, multilevel restaurant. (Spring 2014)
SOHO House Hotel: The six story private club and hotel will include a full-sized pool, rooftop bar, and three open to the public restaurants. (2014)
Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938
The first major museum exhibit that will focus exclusively on the progressive years of René Magritte, who created some of the most incredible images of the 20th century.
The Machine Inside: Biomechanics
Discover how living things survive and move at this interactive exhibit, where you can investigate the marvels of natural engineering.
Unbound: Contemporary Art After Frida Kahlo
The exhibit showcases works from the famous Latin American artist alongside contemporary art from artists that share Kahlo's spirit of rebellion.
David Bowie Is
Sept. 2014-Jan. 2015
The exhibit presents the first international retrospective of the extraordinary career of David Bowie through more than 300 artifacts from the past five decades.
Chicago's dining scene is constantly abuzz with new restaurants and bars, there is always something new opening in the city, it's tough to keep track. Here are just a few coming in 2014.
SOHO House restaurants: When the new SOHO House opens in the spring, it will also open three new restaurants. The hotel will import its London-based Pizza East concept to Chicago, which will follow the current model but cater to the Chicago dynamic. The hotel will also have a burger concept and chicken concept, both unnamed at the current moment.
Momotaro: A bi-level Japanese restaurant from the Boka Restaurant Group. It will have a 30-foot bar, izakaya, robata grill and dining room on the first floor. The second floor will house private dining, and the basement will include another bar and lounge. (expected opening, June 2014)
Tony Mantuano's new concept: A new concept from Chef Tony Mantuano is expected to open in the space currently occupied by Fulton's on the River, which closes in early 2014. The restaurant will offer a casual dining hall with rustic American fare, with the menu focusing on big dishes, dramatic presentations and bold flavors. The restaurant will be revamped to showcase a brand new lower-level dining room with sweeping views of the Chicago River, two bars, a refreshed patio, a semi-private dining room and a new event space that overlooks the dining room.
Hotel Indigo restaurant: Chef David Burke will open a farm-to-table restaurant in the soon-to-open Hotel Indigo. The space will include a 150-seat dining room on the main floor and a 50-seat basement lounge and wine room. The restaurant will serve lunch and dinner at the primary dining area, with breakfast available in the lobby.
Chicago Quarter Marathon (4/5): Chicago's newest running event, the Chicago Quarter Marathon will be the city's only 6.55-mile run. It will be held outside Soldier Field and will welcome hundreds of participants looking for a unique running experience.
ITU World Triathlon Series (6/27-6/29): Chicago will welcome the world's top triathletes as one of the stops on the WTS. Chicago is the third-ever U.S. city to host an ITU World Triathlon Series race.
Chicago Fire Festival (10/3-10/4): The inaugural event will become an annual tradition celebrating Chicago's diverse neighborhoods and spirit of renewal. The culmination of the festival will take place on October 4 with a grand procession and fire spectacle down the river.
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