Hipper than ever, Chicago is one fantastic town that lives up to its reputation. Why else would this city have a seemingly infinite number of hit songs about its charms?
Chicago’s dining scene is pure joy. Organic brunch at North Pond in Lincoln Park has a lovely ground level view and there’s spice at nuevo-Latino hot spot Carnivale Chicago. For sushi, try Tamarind, while the Green Zebra serves sophisticated vegetarian fare. Visit Zagat.com for a guide to the city’s boldest restaurants: Music fans must check out the city’s famous jazz and blues at the Jazz Showcase, Andy’s or Buddy Guy’s. For other nightlife ideas, visit Planet99.com.
Surprising to some first-time visitors, Chicago’s daytime outdoor scene is superb. Spring and summer offer ideal weather, with tons of events and concerts in the city’s parks.