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  • New Joie de Vivre Hotel to Open in Chicago

    The Hotel Lincoln is on track for its scheduled early March opening date in one of Chicago's most popular neighborhoods, and will feature rooms with lakefront views, an all-season rooftop bar, and breakfast for guests from a popular, newly-opened restaurant on the hotel's ground floor.

    Posted by Rachel Klein on February 01, 2012 at 9:07:59 AM EST in Hotels, News
  • 8 American Museum Shows to Travel for in 2012

    Whether you're into painting, prints, photography, or fashion, major American museums from Los Angeles to Prouts Neck, Maine, are hosting exceptional art shows worth traveling for this year. We've picked the eight best, on now through the end of 2012, so you can plan ahead for art-filled weekend getaways from coast to coast.

    Posted by Alyssa Kim on January 25, 2012 at 1:00:00 PM EST in Trip Ideas, Arts & Culture
  • Find one of the best lunches in Chicago at the Museum of Contemporary Art!

    The back of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago is one of the best spots to have lunch in the city. Wolfgang Puck's Puck's Café has a great menu.

    Posted by Fodor's Editors on October 08, 2011 at 1:00:00 AM EDT in Travel Tips
  • Avoid long lines at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium

    Lines for the Shedd often extend all the way down the neoclassical steps. Buy a ticket in advance to avoid the interminable wait, or spring for a CityPass. See Fodor's Shedd Aquarium Review for more tips.

    Posted by Fodor's Editors on September 27, 2011 at 1:00:00 AM EDT in Travel Tips
  • Double your laughs at Chicago's most famous comedy club

    The Second City offers free improvisation following the last performance every night but Friday.

    Posted by Fodor's Editors on September 21, 2011 at 1:00:00 AM EDT in Travel Tips
  • Where to Be in 30 Days: Celebrate Labor Day at Chicago's Jazz Festival

    Chicagoans love to party almost as much as they revere their music. During their short sweet summers, they pull out all the stops, celebrating blues, country, gospel, Celtic, and world music with festival after festival. Labor Day weekend and the annual Jazz Festival are the perfect finale to summer in the city.

    Posted by Stephanie Butler on August 03, 2010 at 9:37:18 AM EDT in Events Tagged: Corona del Mar, snorkeling
  • 12 of Chicago's Best Photo Opportunities for Visitors

    Could Chicago be one of America's most photogenic cities? Recent entries to our Show Us Your Chicago Photo Contest lead us to believe so. Its towering architectural giants and iconic skyline give photographers plenty to capture. The contest, sponsored by Chicago's own Shedd Aquarium, runs through July 31st. Here are a dozen photos (of the many submitted so far) that show off the Windy City's camera-friendly side.... Submit your photo for a chance to win tickets to Shedd Aquarium and a Fodor's guide, or view the contest slideshow.... Navy Pier
    "There are lots of rides, shops, restaurants, boat tours, bikes, skates & Segway rentals... more than enough to do at The Navy Pier to entertain the whole family for the whole day."
    Submitted by bainso


    Adler Planetarium
    "My favorite spot in Chicago, day or night, is looking back on the City from the Planetarium area."
    Submitted by bsnyder67

    ...From the Forums: Romance in Chicago...on a Budget...

    North Avenue Beach
    "We rode south to Museum Campus and beyond

    Posted by Katie Hamlin on July 23, 2009 at 7:30:21 AM EDT in Trip Ideas Tagged: Snorkeling, lowermanhattan
  • 11 Ways to Experience Chicago's Biggest Bean

    Have you BEAN to Chicago? Judging from recent entries to our Show Us Your Chicago Photo Contest, many visitors to the Windy City can't get enough of the city's most famous large legume. The contest, sponsored by Chicago's own Shedd Aquarium, runs through July 31st. Here is a sampling of the bean-tastic photos we've received so far.... Submit your photo for a chance to win tickets to Shedd Aquarium and a Fodor's guide, or view the contest slideshow.... Have you visited Millennium Park? Review and rate the experience.... "We visit my in-laws in Chicago every year during the holidays. This picture was taken in 2007, and it was the first time we had seen "The Bean." Though it was smudgy with condensation on that day, we spent quite a while taking reflected photos in many different combinations."

    Submitted by shelly_m


    "I braved a very cold November morning to get this shot. Security guard asked me why I abandoned a warm bed to come shoot, when the sculpture would be here all day. I showed him this...

    Posted by Fodor's Editors on July 01, 2009 at 6:02:47 AM EDT in Trip Ideas Tagged: Lower Manhattan, brewery
  • This Week: New York, Chicago, Cape Town, San Antonio, Las Vegas, Liverpool

    Fodor's latest restaurant and hotel reviews: Sixteen, Grand Hyatt, Platine, Hard Day's Night Hotel, Ago Ristorante, Trump International Hotel & Tower. Sixteen, ChicagoUninterrupted views of the landmark Wrigley Building, Lake Michigan, and Chicago River make it easy to overlook the food at Sixteen– but you shouldn't. Located on the sixteenth floor (hence the name) of the sleek Trump International Hotel & Tower, the restaurant serves chef Frank Brunacci's unique fusion of European and Asian flavors. Dishes like Tasmanian trout or truffle lasagna are a treat for that special occasion, while coconut-lemongrass soup and upscale lobster rolls are perfect for a power lunch. The best deal might be at breakfast, when house-made crumpets, breakfast quesadillas with fried eggs, and freshly squeezed juices are an indulgent accompaniment to sunrise over the lake. 401 N. Wabash Ave., River North. 312/588-8030. Median entrée price: $39... -- View more Chicago restaurant

    Posted by Fodor's Editors on May 27, 2008 at 1:37:31 PM EDT in Deals Tagged: istanbul, Istanbul