Ikram Barakat | Discover Renaissance Hotels

Navigator Ikram Barakat taps into her creative side to help guests find adventure in Chicago.

I came to Chicago in 1996 and loved it here so much I decided to stay.

Ikram Barakat

our top finds

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.

Vivere

Vivere's chefs take yearly trips to Italy to discover new dishes, treating you to delicacies from a culinary paradise.

Tanta

Indulge in chupe, a traditional Peruvian stew with prawns and swoon over the chicharrón, a pork belly confit complete with a barbecue glaze.

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.

River Roast

Experience a dining tradition centered around the whole roast entree, served with sides and wine on Chicago's most coveted riverfront patio.

Naha

This Mediterranean venue reinvents its menu often to keep their offerings fresh and exciting.

The Gage

This gastro pub offers an amazing and creative menu.

Sunda

Sunda's menu is filled with an incredible amount of dishes dedicated to many parts of Asia.

Belly Shack

This rustic-industrial venue offers some of the most unusual fusion cuisine that will satisfy any palette.

Hendrickx Chicago

This café serves Belgian baked goods that are handmade each day.

The Aviary

The Aviary is an elegant cocktail bar mixed with spontaneous and natural flavors from around the world.

RM Champagne Salon

Tucked away in a cobblestone alley, RM is the perfect place for a fine glass of champagne.

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