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Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel

Crown Fountain in Millennium Park: Less than 15 minutes walk

Discover Chicago from a new perspective at our urban rooftop bar, Raised.

The sophisticated modern charm of our downtown Chicago hotel is obvious from the second you walk through the front door and into the elegantly furnished lounge. The refined ambience is reflected in each one of our well-equipped guest rooms and in the urban chic of Staytion, our in-house bar and restaurant, where the atmosphere is matched only by the superb selection of food and drink. Our Navigator keeps up to date with the latest bars, restaurants and attractions and will talk you through the best way to spend your days and nights in the Windy City.

The amenities

  • Plush Bedding
  • Personal Navigator
  • JOYA NYC fragrance
  • Fitness Center
  • Aveda Amenities
  • Indoor Pool
  • Mobile check-in
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Our spin on a concierge, Renaissance Hotels Navigators are local experts who have been hand-picked to help you find what the guidebooks can't tell you.

Ikram Barakat's top finds

The Aviary

The Aviary is an elegant cocktail bar mixed with spontaneous and natural flovors from around the wrold.
The Aviary is an elegant cocktail bar with master mixologist who specialize in eccentric recipes for a one of a kind experience. You can have nibbles and bites to pair with your cocktails. Their, fruit and herbs infused drink that comes in a round glass container is quite popular among patrons.
Address:955 W. Fulton Market, Chicago, 60607
phone:+312 226 0868

Brew and View: The Vic Theater

The Brew and View offers shows in theaters for USD5. You can also enjoy their bars or have food delivered.
The Vic theater is a Chicago thing! They have limited timings for movie screenings, but they have three bars inside the theater and the coolest thing is that you can have a pizza delivered to the show. Grab your friends, go have a drink then enjoy a movie, the Brew and View: The Vic Theater allows you to do all of this without having to worry about your appetite.
Address:3145 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, 60657
phone:+(773) 929 6713

Optimo Hat Shop

Optimo Hats offers one of a kind hand made custom fedora hats to fit everyone's style.
Optimo is a very unique shop. They hand craft fedora hats to fit your style and they have all kinds of patterns and colors. The craftsmanship that goes into every hat is amazing.
Address:Edit 51 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, 60604
phone:+312 922 2999

S.K.Y

S.K.Y offers a small but playful pan Asian cuisine and an extensive list of cocktails and special wines.
In the heart of the Latino neighborhood, Pilsen S.K.Y brings all the Asian flavors into a small space. The menu changes frequently leaving customers curious about the next month. The Lobster dumplings, devilled eggs, and the cucumbers with chilli pepper are some of the favorites on their menu. It's a smaller space, hence reservations come recommended.
Address:1239 W 18th St, Chicago, 60608
phone:+312 846 1077

Bow and Arrow Collection

Bow and Arrow is your go-to spot for fun and creative gifts and merchandise. It is run by 3 sisters.
Bow and arrow is run by 3 boss ladies from Chicago. They have some of the most unique gift ideas such as birthday cards, decorations for party's and merchandise to treat yourself. It's millennial heaven. They customize your experience depending on what you're shopping for. They also have a lounge area where you can sit and chit chat or have a coffee with friends.
Address:1815 N MILWAUKEE AVE, Chicago, 60647
phone:+773 661 1915

Mad Social

A fresh new twist to the traditional American cuisine and cocktails. Offering different flavors such as ropa vieja.
At Mad Social, the family recipes have been around for more than 35 years but chef Stephanie has added some new fresh ingredients to her family's popular recipes. The Cuban ropa vieja and the Raspy Voice with delicious raspberry flavors and lemon juice are quite delightful options on the menu.
Address:1140 W. Madison St, Chicago, 60607
phone:+3122432097

Art on theMART

A one-of-a-kind illuminating art installation showcasing a rotation of contemporary artists of different disciplines.
Art on theMART is one of the coolest art installations illuminating from projectors onto a building. You can see it from a distance. Getting to go there and see various artists showcase their art in an animated form is one of a kind.
Address:222 Merchandise Mart Plz, Chicago, 60654
phone:+(800) 677 6278

Proxi

Proxi presents a lively advenruous yet causal setting offering international flavors on small sharable plates.
If you love street food, then Proxi is a must in your list. Bringing a variety of street food from across the world such as the delicious tempura elotes but with a twist of their own, this place a burst of flavors that are a medley of cuisines. These include the likes of the Chinese egg custard tart with mathca, sake jam and plums.
Address:565 W Randolph St, Chicago, 60661
phone:+(312) 466 1950

Kumas Corner

Kuma's Corner has some of the most elaborate burgers around town and a good selection of beers.
Chicago's go to burger spot can have you waiting for hours just to try these amazing burgers. My favorite burger is the one with the crunchy pork skin on top of the delicious patty. I can never finish one since they're giant, but I always have something to take home.
Address:852 W Fulton Market, Chicago, 60607
phone:+(312) 666 9090

Gilt Bar

Gilt bar offers an American cuisine that screams romance with its dimmed lamps and beautiful red leather booths
Gilt bar has a speakeasy vibe. Its very dimmed and perfect for dinner or to take your other half on a date. My favorite drink was the RYE which includes highwest double rye, carpano antica, bitter.
Address:230 W Kinzie St, Chicago, 60654
phone:+3124649544

Arts & Artisans

A Chicago based gallery selling contemporary American crafts and jewelry highlighting local artists and craftsmen.
I love Arts and artisans because it lets amateur artists sell their work, but also feature locally acclaimed artists. They have unique and one of a kind pieces great for perfect gifts.
Address:321 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, 60601
phone:+(312) 541 1951

The Green Mill

Visit one of the most iconic music venues in Chicago.
The Green Mill offers an authentic Chicago experience featuring comfy booths frequented by gangsters such as Al Capone and celebrities during the 1930s and 1940s. The Green Mill today features live jazz and blues artists seven nights a week and continues to maintain the 1940s vibe.
Address:4802 N. Broadway, Chicago, 60640
phone:+1 773 878 5552
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Art Institute of Chicago

Like the Louvre in Paris, visitors from all over the world come to Chicago to view the many gorgeous exhibits showcased here.
From popular Rembrandt masterpieces to recent works by lesser-known artists, the Art Institute of Chicago houses one of the finest art collections in the world. Spanning centuries of human creativity, exhibits include a distinguished collection of prints and drawings, an internationally acclaimed collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, sculptures, photographs, Asian, African and American arts, architectural drawings, textiles and more. Many pieces are on loan from the famed Terra Foundation for American Art. Educational programs and guided museum tours are available. Art books, reproductions, postcards and other items are available in the museum shop. Free public lectures are given during weekends.
Address:111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, 60604
phone:+1 312 443 3600

Willis Tower

Gaze in wonder at the famous Chicago skyline from atop the Sears (now Willis) tower. Enjoy exhibits and a gift shop as well as the view.
While no longer the world's tallest building, the Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) still stands proud. High-speed elevators climb 110 stories to the observatory deck, and when clear, the view from 1454 feet (443 meters) can be stunning. Enjoy bird's eye views of Lake Michigan, both the North and South Sides of the city, the surrounding suburbs and, on a clear day, parts of Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan. The Skydeck Tour also includes a multimedia presentation and an exhibit with information on the Sears Tower and other architecturally significant buildings.
Address:233 South Wacker Drive, Chicago, 60606
phone:+1 312 875 0066
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Bavette's Bar and Boeuf

Reserve a booth at this new, old-school style steakhouse and blow your Chicago clients away – most locals don’t even know about it yet.
Address:218 West Kinzie Street, Chicago, 60654
phone:+1 312 624 8154
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Square One Wine Bar

End a long day of meetings at this sophisticated-but-hip wine bar, with a crisp, bubbly Rosé and a platter of Vermilion Blue cheese and Serrano ham.
Address:1400 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, 60650
phone:+1 312 786 1750
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Vivere

Vivere's chefs take yearly trips to Italy to discover new dishes, treating you to delicacies from a culinary paradise.
Vivere is considered by many to be one of the best restaurants in all of Chicago. This trendy establishment has been designed by Jordon Mozer with gold and red hues, hanging lights and copper sculptures. It serves contemporary Italian cuisine, with new takes on traditional dishes like raviolis and spaghetti with meatballs. The wine list here is also one of the most extensive around.
Address:71 West Monroe Street, Chicago, 60603
phone:+1 312 332 4040

Tanta

Indulge in chupe, a traditional Peruvian stew with prawns and swoon over the chicharrón, a pork belly confit complete with a barbecue glaze.
If you can't get to Peru right away, try the next best thing with a visit to Tanta. At this bright and trendy restaurant, diners can sample the beloved foods of Peru like cebiche, leche de tigre, causitas and anticuchos. The specialty cocktails are also Peruvian influenced, with the majority being based on pisco (a grape liquor native to Peru) and modern versions of traditional Peruvian drinks. So come to Tanta and experience the lively flavors of this ancient land.
Address:118 West Grand Avenue, Chicago, 60654
phone:+1 312 222 9700

Bottlefork

Exceptional cocktails and cuisine have created a cult like following for this trendy eatery. Try the rich man po' boy with lobster and foie.
Bottlefork is a stylish restaurant and cocktail bar that serves the best of both worlds. Featuring an American menu and a bold cocktail list, you really can't go wrong with any selection - but here is a tip: For starters, try the delicious deviled eggs - popular for their yolk mixture - before opting for the smoked lambs. In terms of cocktails, don't miss Bottlefork's original cocktails, including the Little Miss Dynamite, which consists of Starlite Vodka and vanilla. The decor is trendy and warm, so bring your friends and coworkers for a hip dining experience.
Address:441 North Clark Street, Chicago, 60654
phone:+1 312 955 1900

Avec

Enjoy Mediterranean-inspired and wine-focused communal dining. The chorizo-stuffed bacon-wrapped dates is a must-have!
A favorite on Chicago's restaurant scene, Avec is the brainchild of an award-winning culinary team. Its cedar wood furnishings are juxtaposed by its steel bar, with communal tables encouraging a lively dining atmosphere. Their menu is wine-driven, with Mediterranean flavors given a contemporary take. Their selection of European boutique wines are sourced from small wineries in Spain, Italy and France. Uncork a bottle or select from 30 varieties by the glass to complement delicious small and large plates. The brandade, cured olives, pork shoulder, braised lamb neck and roasted wild salmon are recommended.
Address:615 West Randolph Street, Chicago, 60661
phone:+1 312 377 2002

River Roast

Experience a dining tradition centered around the whole roast entree, served with sides and wine on Chicago's most coveted riverfront patio.
Rustic yet refined best describes the culinary style and ambiance at River Roast. This restaurant, on the Chicago River, features a contemporary take on traditional American roast dishes by an award-winning team of chefs. Share a board of Foie & Duck Terrine and Fire Roasted Shrimp with their Farmer’s Market Punch, specialty cocktails or beer. For the main course, Big Fish, Roast Beef or Whole Chicken and sides are roasted to perfection, artistically plated and carved by your table. For one of the best outdoor dining experiences in the Windy City, when the weather permits, head out to their patio for breathtaking views of the skyline.
Address:315 North Lasalle Street, Chicago, 60654
phone:+1 312 822 0100

Naha

This Mediterranean venue reinvents its menu often to keep their offerings fresh and exciting.
This contemporary and cozy venue offers an ever-changing menu that is complimented by a superb wine list and excellent selection of desserts. Dishes like the golden white fish caviar with hard-cooked quail egg keep locals and visitors alike coming back for more.
Address:500 N. Clark St., Chicago, 60654
phone:+ 1 312 321 6242
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The Gage

This gastro pub offers an amazing and creative menu.
This tavern serves sophisticated American cuisine in a cozy and casual setting. Visitors can enjoy traditional tavern fair like Scotch Eggs, or they can sample unique takes on traditional dishes, like the venison burger, which is sure to delight.
Address:24 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, 60603
phone:+ 1 312 372 4243
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Sunda

Sunda's menu is filled with an incredible amount of dishes dedicated to many parts of Asia.
Sunda offers a unique menu packed with traditional dishes that hail from all over the Asian continent. Visitors will find creative cocktails, sushi, and noodles in a variety of curry sauces and soups.
Address:110 W. Illinois St., Chicago, 60654
phone:+ 1 312 644 0500
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Belly Shack

This rustic-industrial venue offers some of the most unusual fusion cuisine that will satisfy any palette.
Tucked in beneath the blue line train, this urban space offers delicious fusion cuisine. The menu has dishes with a Latin influence and Korean and Asian fusion.
Address:1912 N. Western Ave., Chicago, 60647
phone:+ 1 773 252 1414
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Hendrickx Chicago

This café serves Belgian baked goods that are handmade each day.
This small café is a favorite with locals and visitors alike. The establishment serves up freshly baked goods that are made fresh daily. Stare at the rows of baked goods and you may find that it is hard to just buy one delicious item.
Address:100 E. Walton St., Chicago, 60611
phone:+ 1 312 649 6717
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Hopleaf

The tavern draws its inspiration and its drafts from Belgium, with half of the bar's 200 beers coming from that country.
This restaurant draws inspiration from Belgium, a country that has a beer culture that is still very much alive and well. The tavern serves up many kinds of beers, many of them brewed with unique yeasts and fruits. In addition to the beer, the menu consists of Belgian bar fare like moules frites and sandwiches.
Address:5148 N. Clark St., Chicago, 60640
phone:+ 1 773 334 9851
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RM Champagne Salon

Tucked away in a cobblestone alley, RM is the perfect place for a fine glass of champagne.
RM Champagne Salon has a wonderful selection of champagne and other sparkling wines. If you are not particularly wine-savvy, you have nothing to worry about -- the staff is happy to offer suggestions and help you find the perfect bottle for any occasion.
Address:116 N. Green St., Chicago, 60607
phone:+ 1 312 243 1199
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Scofflaw Bar

Cocktail bar featuring unique gin drinks and local craft beers in rustic urban digs.
Featuring a menu of hand-drawn interpretations of each drink, this approachable Logan Square bar is great for friends and dates alike. The drinks come from gin-smart bartenders and are incredibly dynamic, ranging from floral cocktails to stronger, more bitter tastes. Drink and dine at the rustic-industrial bar space, or lounge on victorian couches. Oh, and they offer cookies at midnight.
Address:3201 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago, 60647
phone:+ 1 773 252 9700
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Untitled

Explore a modern day speak-easy straight from the Prohibition Era, located in the heart of downtown Chicago.
Enjoy craft cocktails in a unique ambiance. Untitled offers several function spaces in their lower level venue including a low-lit library space featuring hundred of bottles of whiskey, bourbon, and scotch. Untitled offers live entertainment in the evenings ranging from burlesque shows to live jazz bands. Enjoy small plates or traditional supper club fare including chops and gourmet sandwiches.
Address:111 W. Kinzie Street, Chicago, 60654
phone:+312 880 1511
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Andersonville Galleria

Local gallery featuring over 100 vendors.
Since 2007 the Andersonville Galleria has been providing Chicagoans with an Indie market which features over 100 local vendors and artisans. Known for providing the feeling of a street festival year round, this spacious gallery invites you to find that one of a kind piece you are looking for.
Address:5247 North Clark St, Chicago
phone:+773 878 8570

Sunda

Enjoy Asian fusion featuring dynamic sushi and Asian-inspired cocktails in a hip River North space.
Sunda boasts an eclectic menu of Asian-fusion bites where sharing is recommended. Start off with a cocktail and their Bang! Bang! salad before moving on to sushi - with options like "Rainbow" and "Sweet Potato Caterpillar" - or one of their signature nigiri.
Address:110 W Illinois St., Chicago, 60654
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Beacon Tavern

Seafood-focused restaurant in an airy, contemporary space.
The Beacon Tavern serves up delicious shellfish, thoughtful libations, and truly caring service. The Peekytoe Crab Dip with Utz crackers is a fun must.
Address:405 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, 60611
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Magnolia Bakery

A specialty bakery that helps satisfy all of your sweet-tooth needs!
Started on a quiet street corner in the heart of New York City's West Village in 1996, Magnolia Bakery is the place to stop to satisfy your sweet tooth! Chicagoan's fell in love with this bakery when it made it's way to the "Windy City" in 2011. Don't forget to try their Cupcake of the Month when you stop by!
Address:108 North State St., at Block 37, Chicago, 60601
phone:+312.346.7777
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Ninis Deli

Cuban inspired food with a modern twist
Ninis Deli is family owned and run by Juany. It was recently featured on the food network. It has traditional dishes such as empanadas and Cuban sandwiches. One of the most popular items on the menu is the cafe con leche. Juany swirls whip cream on his famous coffee.
Address:543 N Noble St, Chicago, 60642
phone:+3122439822
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National Museum of Mexican Art

The Mexican art museum displays the colorfulness and richness of Mexican culture in artifacts, paintings, and clothing.
The National Museum of Mexican art shows Chicago the richness and diversity of the culture. They have a permanent exhibit in their main room where you could find artifacts, paintings, and threaded art. Through out the year they change exhibits but my favorite one is in Dia De Los Muertos. They give the community a chance to bring photos of their deceased family members along with a sugar skull.
Address:1852 W. 19th street, Chicago, 60608
phone:+312.738.1503

Beatnik

Beatnik's bohemian vibes and colorful dishes add an electrifying twist to American cuisine.
Beatnik is an exotic restaurant filled with bohemian vibes. The golden decor is accentuated with colors while candles cast a warm glow over the interior. The kitchen is open so you can see beautiful dishes being created while you enjoy some music. The cuisine is American with a touch of flavors from around the world. The cocktails are delicious and dressed with flowers.
Address:1604 W. Chicago Ave, Chicago, 60622
phone:+3129294945
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Galerie F

Chicago's first street art Galeria located in Logan Square. Find prints, stickers of all your favorite street artist.
Galeria F is your go-to for original street art posters, stickers, and prints. They let local and globally known street artist sell their work. Artists can also have their art release parties at the Galleria F. A local street artist that does all his events at the Galeria F is Sentrock. He sells prints and recently did a collaboration with Adidas. The lines usually circle around the corners.
Address:2415 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, 60647
phone:+(872) 817 7067
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Pogo Boutique

Pogo Boutique offers a unique shopping experience catering to women who are enthusiastic about streetwear
Pogo offers a luxury experience and customized to each of their customers from the minute they walk in. They have all the top brands in the streetwear culture and are known for getting some of the rarest, high-end shoe releases.
Address:912 WAmitage, Chicago, 60614
phone:+7732705279

Chicago Cultural Center

The Chicago Cultural Center is the go-to place for free public art by local and artists from around the world
The Cultural Center is a local favorite. They always have events going on for people of all ages. They bring in some major artist work as well as local artist and put them next to each other. The stained glass domes are also a big attraction that has intrigued and fascinated visitors from across the globe.
Address:78 E. Washington, Chicago, 60602
phone:+(312) 744 3316

Lonesome Rose

Lonesome Rose lets you start off your day with breakfast tacos and end your night enjoying a good margarita.
Lonesome Rose is beautiful inside! Their prices are a little higher then your typical Mexican restaurant for a reason, and everything on their menu is delicious. One must have their tacos, corn on the cob and queso with chips. The best thing on the menu is their corn on the cob. They decorate it with delicious ingredients, you won't find anything like it anywhere else.
Address:2101 N. California Ave, Chicago, 60647
phone:+(773) 770 3414

Sawada Matcha

Sawada Matcha has the best Japanese matcha lattes in the city. They are known for their signature latte art and design.
Sawada Matcha and its sister restaurant Sawada both have an interesting menu. Hiroshi the creator of these beautiful coffee shops takes pride in offering the best and setting high standards for matcha lattes. Their baristas are all experts, know to create some of the best latte art in the city. Military matcha latte is a must-try.
Address:226 W Kinzie St, Chicago, 60654
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Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba

Café Ba-Ba-Reeba is known for their authentic tapas. The sangrias and their extensive wine list are fan favorites
At Café Ba-Ba-Reeba you can experience a flavor of Spain. This is a perfect spot to bring your friends and order the entire menu to share. Their sangrias are delicious and filled with fruit. The citrus glazed salmon with cucumber, the crema and toast. and their beef empanadas are other must-try dishes.
Address:2024 N. Halster, Chicago, 60614
phone:+7739355000

BLVD

BLVD serves a modern version of a traditional American cuisine. The interior resembles an old Hollywood glamour vibe.
Although BLVD looks very fancy don't let the interior fool you. It does not have a stringent dress code making it a perfect date night spot. The tar tar is served on small toast and garnished with a picadio, it's one of the highlights of the menu. The salads are sharable and delicious. All of their drinks have a sassy name. Try the Coco Chanel which is very tropical and smooth.
Address:817 W Lake St Chicago, Chicago, 60607
phone:+312.526.3116

Apogee

Apogee is an upscale rooftop lounge that offers out of this world cocktails visually and through your taste buds.
Apogee has some of the most creative drinks in Chicago. If you are looking for an upscale bar with creativity this is the place. They take pride in their master mixologists who come up with strange but good cocktails. They are served in unique cups and other types of glassware. Their most popular drink includes cotton candy. People also really love their froze.
Address:2 West Erie Street, Chicago, 60654
phone:+312 202 6060

Monteverde

Montverde works a modern twist on traditional Italian recipes
Montverde brings the fresh pasta to the west loop. The pasta is handmade, in-house and they offer a variety of different shapes and sizes. The meatball ravioli was a favorite among regular patrons. Lightly stuffed, each ravioli had a meatball on top making it look like it was cooked on top.
Address:1020 West Madison Street, Chicago, 60607
phone:+312 888 3041
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