Located on the bank of Lake Michigan in the State of Illinois, Chicago is known as the “Jewel of the Midwest”. It is home to some of the tallest buildings in the USA, such as the 442m (1450ft) Willis Tower and the 423m (1389ft) Trump International Hotel and Tower. The city has superb attractions from globally renowned museums, to scenic parks, impressive architecture, a vibrant arts scene, excellent dining options including Michelin star-rated restaurants, and glamorous shopping. Chicago is a 2 hour Business Class flight from Washington, D.C. and Miami is a 3 hour Business Class flight from Chicago.
The local currency is United States Dollar (USD) and the time zone is UTC/GMT -5 hours in the summer months from March to October due to daylight saving time and UTC/GMT -6 hours in the winter months from November to February.
THINGS TO DO
Navy Pier was originally opened as a shipping and recreational facility in 1916 and is located on Lake Michigan. It has a rich history spreading over fifty acres of parks, gardens, shops, restaurants, family attractions and exhibition facilities, making it one of the foremost leisure attractions in the Midwest.
The Willis Tower soars 442m (1450ft) above Chicago making it the tallest building in North America. Numerous large companies and businesses thrive here making it a business, retail as well as a cultural hub. Step outside onto the glass balcony Skydeck extending four feet (1.2m) outside the 103rd floor of Willis Tower and enjoy the spectacular view followed by a world famous Chicago style pizza lunch.
This public park, often referred to as Chicago’s “front yard,” stretches across 319 acres located in Chicago’s central business district in the Loop Community area. Grant Park’s most notable features include Millennium Park, Buckingham Fountain, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum Campus.
Art Institute Chicago
The Art Institute was founded in 1879 and has approximately 300,000 works of art in its permanent collection. They aim to collect, preserve, and interpret these works of art housed in eight buildings—nearly one million square feet—at the heart of Chicago, one block from Lake Michigan. There are also 30 special exhibitions and hundreds of gallery talks, lectures, performances, and events every year.
Chicago History Museum
The Chicago History Museum embodies America’s past as well as its future. Engage with millions of authentic pieces of Chicago and U.S. history shedding light on past events. Chicago History Museum was founded in 1856 to study and interpret Chicago’s history. It is located in Lincoln Park in a building at 1601 North Clark Street at the intersection of North Avenue in the Old Town Triangle neighborhood.
Museum of Contemporary Art
Dedicated to the art of the present era, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago offers exhibitions of the most thought-provoking art created since 1945 making it one of largest art facilities in the US. Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, the MCA boasts a gift store, bookstore, restaurant, 300-seat theater, and a landscaped garden with a stunning view of Lake Michigan.
The Magnificent Mile
Satisfy your shopping interests at Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. With a variety of luxury boutiques, shopping centres, iconic department stores, specialty retail stores and designer studios within walking distance, you are sure to have glamorous experience!
Chicago River Walk
The Chicago Riverwalk is an open-air, pedestrian waterfront located on the south bank of the Chicago River in downtown Chicago. Indulge in cafes and restaurants that line the walk or just enjoy the spectacular view.
Discover this vibrant town square in the heart of the city housing a collection of architecture, landscape design and art that provide the backdrop for hundreds of free cultural programs including concerts, exhibitions, tours, and family activities.
PLACES OF INTEREST
We can reserve a private table for you at a restaurant, lounge or club of your choice subject to availability. Chicago is home to numerous award-winning and Michelin star-rated restaurants such as Sixteen at the Trump Tower, The Lobby at the Peninsula, Alinea, Grace or 42 Grams, just to name a few.
SIXTEEN. Located on the 16th floor of Trump International Hotel & Tower® Chicago, the Michelin two-star rated, Forbes Five-Star, and AAA Five Diamond restaurant, Sixteen, presents a truly unparalleled epicurean experience. With Executive Chef Thomas Lents at the helm of our acclaimed team, this Chicago restaurant showcases a thoughtful approach to modern American cuisine, focused on sourcing the highest quality ingredients from around the world. A protegé of Chefs Joël Robuchon, Michael Tusk and Jean Joho, among others, Chef Lents works to present exciting, gastronomical journeys, with a mission of introducing new flavor profiles to every guest. To complete the fine dining experience, the restaurant’s 30-foot floor-to-ceiling windows afford panoramic views of Lake Michigan, the Chicago River and the Wrigley Clock Tower, complementing the team’s cuisine with an equally awe-inspiring backdrop.
Each menu produced at Sixteen tells a story shaped by the inspirations they draw every day from the products, people and places around them. Four times a year they tear it all down and rebuild it with a new focus, a new theme. With the solstice or equinox we begin again; a restaurant redefined, a new narrative with the same voice. The menu may be a poem, a cart, or an astrological wheel, but it is all united. The food, the service, the wine, and the dining room evolve with the stories they choose to relay of their lives at their restaurant.
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Daily from 6:30 to 11:00 am
Sundays from 11:00 am to 2:30 pm
Monday- Saturday from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm
Daily from 5:30 to 10:00 pm
Business Casual Attire
The Lobby at The Peninsula
Select from a memorable Contemporary American menu featuring outstanding dishes in an environment that blends the classic understated elegance of The Lobby’s décor with the ever-present live music. Take a table by the soaring 20 ft high floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the Terrace. Breakfast is a favourite with both early-rising Chicago residents and hotel guests alike, who swear by starting the day with one of the many breakfast options, while The Lobby’s approachable, yet American contemporary inspired à la carte is ideal for power lunches and sophisticated dinners.
The Lobby is also where the celebrated Peninsula Afternoon Tea is served. On Friday and Saturday evenings, dessert lovers swoon over the Chocolate Bar, and come Sundays, a spectacular brunch is served from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Hailed among the best in Chicago, The Lobby certainly steps up to plate with all the sweet and savoury requisites.
Children’s menus are available with a variety of offerings.
6:30 am – 11:00 am (Mon – Sat)
7:00 am – 11:00 am (Sun)
11:00 am – 2:00 pm (Sun)
11:00 am – 2:00 pm (Mon – Sat)
Afternoon Tea Seatings
2:30 pm, 4:30 pm (Mon – Sat)
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm (Sun)
5:30 pm – 10:00 pm (Sun – Thurs)
5:30 pm – 10:30 pm (Fri – Sat)
Chocolate at The Pen
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm (Fri – Sat)
Alinea is not a restaurant…at least not in the conventional sense…Alinea was founded in 2005 by Chef Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas. Featuring a single, seasonally driven tasting menu of between 18 and 22 courses, the experience of dining at Alinea is not only delicious, but also fun, emotional, and provocative. Alinea has been universally praised for its innovative approach to modernist cuisine. It has three times been named the Best Restaurant in America and is the only restaurant in Chicago, and one of only 12 in the U.S., to earn the coveted Michelin 3-Star rating. It has also won the James Beard Award for Best Service in the United States.
Alinea is open Wednesday through Sunday and accepts bookings from 5:00 PM to 9:30 PM. The current tasting menu is approximately 18 courses, but varies by season, product availability, and evening.
Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Curtis Duffy knew at a young age that he had a passion for cooking. Since opening Grace on December 11, 2012, Duffy and the restaurant have been awarded many accolades, including Three Michelin Stars in the Chicago 2015 Guide, AAA’s Five Diamond Rating, Forbes Travel Guide’s 5 Star Rating, Robb Report’s Best Restaurant in the World 2013, Chicago Magazine’s Best New Restaurant, and Eater National’s Chef of the Year.
Dinner service begins at 5:30 PM Tuesday through Saturday.
They offer two 8 – 12 course tasting menus, Flora and Fauna. Flora highlights vegetables, and Fauna focuses on seafood and protein. Wine pairings are available, as well as an extensive wine list. They do not allow outside beverages.
Reservations are accepted Tuesday – Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Business casual attire is recommended at Grace. Non-flash photography is allowed in the restaurant. Please refrain from cell phone use while in the dining room.
42 grams is a chef-driven restaurant, located in the heart of Uptown Chicago, offering a multi-course tasting menu. An evening at 42 grams is much like attending a private dinner party at a friends home (if your friend happened to be a fine dining chef!). Like most dinner parties, the action centers around the kitchen. The kitchen at 42 grams is completely open to the dining room and they encourage interaction with Jake and the chefs. 42 grams hosts two seatings per evening: the Chefs Counter for 8, and a 10 seat Communal Table. The name of the restaurant is a riff on the premise that the soul weighs 21 grams. 42 grams represents what Chef Jake and Alexa collectively bring to your dining experience. Jake Bickelhaupt is the chef/owner of 42 grams. He has worked in the kitchens of some of Chicago’s most highly-regarded restaurants – including Alinea, Charlie Trotter’s and Schwa. An evening at 42 grams features Chef Bickelhaupt’s approachable interpretation of new American cuisine.
Casual or Dressy, it’s your night and we want you to feel comfortable. Gents: jackets are not required. 95% of our guests come dressed to impress in their ‘Friday/Date night’ best, so…
Dinner Wednesday – Sunday
The best times to visit Chicago are April through May or September through October, when the temperatures are warm. If you are planning to visit the Windy City between June and August, prepare yourself for denser crowds and higher prices on accommodations. Winter is a different story altogether: Chicago experiences bitter temperatures between November and March.
April-May: There are advantages to staying ahead of the summertime crowds, namely more managable crowds. Temperatures hovering between the high 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius) and the low 70s (20 degrees Celsius) — comfortable conditions for walking around. However, you should come prepared for rain, especially if you are visiting in May.
June-August: Summer is the most popular time to visit Chicago. Summer temperatures ranging from the mid-70 degrees Fahrenheit to the mid-80s (20 – 27 degrees Celsius). However, the city sometimes experiences heat waves, resulting in triple-digit temperatures and heavy humidity, while nighttime breezes from Lake Michigan can make the later hours feel significantly cooler. Also, expect to encounter some rain in August.
September-October: Autumn in Chicago offers a sweet spot for tourism.. Daytime highs hover in the 60s and 70 degrees Fahrenheit (16 – 20 degrees Celsius), but evenings can see temperatures drop into the 40s (4 degrees Celsius). Keep in mind that some of the city’s outdoor attractions — like Navy Pier — may have already reduced their hours or closed for the winter season.
November-March: Biting winds and freezing temperatures (daytime highs rest in the low 30 degrees Fahrenheit or below 0 degrees Celsius) deter faint-hearted tourists. You can seek refuge from the wintry weather in the city’s museums, but if you are hoping to visit Millennium Park or shop along the Magnificent Mile, wear your warmest layers.