5 Reasons Chicago Should Be Your Next Getaway
By Chelsea Stuart
If it's been a while since you hit the pavement in Chi Town—or if you've never been at all—now's the time to get reacquainted. With a white-hot restaurants, swanky boutique hotels, and hip neighborhoods aplenty, here's why the midwestern gem is a shoo-in for your next domestic trip.
Buzzy New Bars
From clubby cocktail dens to low-key beer halls, and romantic wine bars to see-and-be-seen rooftop lounges, Chicago is awash in all manner of watering hole. That said, West Town’s Beatnik—a new globally-inspired restaurant and lounge—is our current space of choice.
The menu features a variety of Eastern Mediterranean, Asian, and Latin flavors, while cocktails—from beverage director Liz Pearce (The Drifter)—are sustainable and innovative. Options among the shaken, stirred, and slushie categories include Eaaaaasy Tiger (absinthe, coconut, lime, honey, pineapple) and Multitasking at Its Finest (rye, Spanish vermouth, coffee demerara, lavender).
Between eating and imbibing, you’ll be entranced by the decor. The Bonhomme Hospitality Group kitted out the former clothing store with pieces from Bali, Italy, Egypt, and more, combining arresting crystal chandeliers, Persian area rugs, and lush palms. Fall and winter visitors will also find the Andalusian-style, year-round courtyard particularly comfortable.