Chicago ranked as the Best Large City in the U.S., three top Chicago properties are named to Travel + Leisure’s list of Best 15 City Hotels in the country, Chicago Restaurant Week and Chicago Theatre Week are back this winter, the biggest Starbucks in the world opens in Chicago, drag show-and-dinner venue Lips Chicago debuts in the South Loop, and Lululemon launches its first-ever experiential store and restaurant in Lincoln Park.
- Chicago named Best Large City in the U.S.
- Three Chicago properties snag spots on Travel + Leisure’s list of Best 15 City Hotels
- Watch for Chicago Restaurant Week and Chicago Theatre Week this winter
- The biggest Starbucks in the world opens in Chicago
- New drag restaurant Lips Chicago debuts in the South Loop
- Lululemon launches first-ever experiential store and restaurant in Chicago
Chicago named Best Large City in the U.S.
For the third consecutive year, Condé Nast Traveler named Chicago the Best Large City to visit in the U.S. The accolade was based on feedback from more than 600,000 Condé Nast Traveler readers across the globe.
Three Chicago properties snag spots on Travel + Leisure’s list of Best 15 City Hotels
The Langham, Chicago, Hotel Zachary at Gallagher Way, and Viceroy Chicago all received Travel + Leisure 2019 World’s Best Awards in the Best 15 City Hotels in the Continental United States category. Travel + Leisure readers ranked their favorite urban American hotels based on facilities, location, service, food, and overall value.
Watch for Chicago Restaurant Week and Chicago Theatre Week this winter
During Chicago Restaurant Week, held Jan. 24 – Feb. 9, 2020, foodies have the chance to try specially priced prix fixe menus from more than 300 restaurants around the city. From Feb. 13 – 23, 2020, Chicago celebrates its critically acclaimed theatre scene during Chicago Theatre Week, with discounted tickets to more than 100 shows.
The biggest Starbucks in the world opens in Chicago
The four-level Starbucks Reserve Roastery, the world’s largest Starbucks, opens Nov. 15 on The Magnificent Mile. At the experiential store, customers can sample rare, small-batch Reserve coffees and see how the beans are roasted, brewed, and packaged. In addition to Reserve drinks and cocktails, Starbucks offers artisan pizza and desserts from its on-site Italian bakery, Princi.
New drag restaurant Lips Chicago debuts in the South Loop
Lips Chicago is the first Midwest outpost of the dazzling drag show-and-dinner venue. The candy-colored South Loop location features a big, sparkling stage and roomy aisles for the glamorous drag queens to sashay down. The menu includes bites with sassy names like Batty Davis elote corn fritters and Vivian Dejour lobster ravioli. Plan a drag dinner or diva cocktail party for up to 200 guests.
Lululemon launches first-ever experiential store and restaurant in Chicago
Iconic athletic wear brand Lululemon chose Chicago’s Lincoln Park as the site for its new 20,000-square-foot flagship store. Lululemon’s first-ever experiential store sells its complete line of yoga and running gear for men and women, in addition to offering group fitness and meditation classes, plus wellness events. Lululemon also features its first restaurant, Fuel Space, which serves healthy snacks like smoothies, black bean burgers, and acai bowls.