Top 25 New Places to Stay, Eat and Play: 2012
Chicago: Block 37
It's taken 140 years and seen many manifestations, but this development at State and Randolph in the Loop finally seems ready to complement the shopping along State Street.
Higher-end boutiques and chain stores mix with locally owned shops and quick-serve restaurants. Magnolia Bakery opened in the fall, and a bigger restaurant should arrive later this year. Curious about the district's name? Long-ago city planners called this area Block 37. We love the tribute to Chicago's roots (312/261-4738; block37.com).