What's hot in the city this year?
From the March 24, 2003 Issue of New York
Book a room at at Hotel 71
(312-346-7100; hotel71chicago.com), formerly the
Executive Plaza Hotel, a stylish downtown boutique
overlooking the Chicago River.
Have dinner at newly resurgent Gioco
(312-939-3870), executive chef Corcoran
O'Connor’s unreconstructed carbfest (the pastas
are spectacular) in the shadow of the rumbling El
train in the revitalized South Loop district.
Grab a drink at Sonotheque on Chicago Avenue
(312-226-7600), where the designer behind the mod
interiors of MTV’s Real World Chicago has
created a stylish,
unpretentious bar that hosts a red-hot lineup of jazz,
funk, soul, and world-music D.J.’s.
See the Museum of Contemporary Art
(312-280-2660; mcachicago.org), the gorgeous series of
sleek white-box galleries designed by Berlin-based
architect Josef Paul Kleihues and unified by a
cutting-edge curatorial approach. “Life Death
Love Hate Pleasure Pain,” a sprawling group
exhibition, is there through April 20.
Buy vintage clothing and furniture in
Andersonville, the Northside Swedish
neighborhood that’s recently heated up thanks to
its selection of cool little boutiques. (Wander
through the quirky sole-proprietorships clustered at
the Landmark Shops.)
the renowned Goodman Theatre
(312-443-3800; goodman-theatre.org), with upcoming
world premieres of August Wilson’s Gem of the
Ocean (April 18–May 24), and Stephen
Sondheim’s Bounce (June 20–August
10). Buddy Guy’s Legends (312-427-0333; buddyguys.com)
is the place to take in some classic Chicago blues.
-- SIMON DUMENCO