As one of our favorite Chicagoans, Ferris Bueller, put it, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop to look around once in a while, you could miss it.” The same could be said about his hometown, which has produced some of the country’s biggest cultural achievements, like its urban blues, skyscrapers, and, of course, Kanye West. From Humboldt Park’s recent surge of vintage shops to Wicker Park’s mind-blowing culinary scene and Grant Park’s 25 Years of Lollapalooza extravaganza this month, the lakefront metropolis has never felt so dynamic.
Where to Stay
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85 E. Upper Wacker Dr.; 312-357-1200; londonhousechicago.com
This 452-room skyscraper is a 93-year-old landmark with a just-completed 22-story tower attached.
Courtesy Londonhouse Chicago
Where to Eat
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111 N. Canal St.; 312-285-2830; doughnutvault.com
One heavenly bite of a buttermilk old-fashioned or triple chocolate from Brendan Sodikoff’s famous brick-walled shop and you’ll forget all about that pesky hour-long wait.
Where to Shop
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3205 W. Armitage St.; 423-903-7093; tuskchicago.com
Launched by Mary Eleanor Wallace (a nurse by day), this perennially cool Logan Square shop champions homegrown talent. Find Double Bonus necklaces, Nataliya Kotlova tunics, and an exclusive clothing collaboration with art brand BFGF.