The Magnificent Mile may be best known as a shopping destination, but savvy browsers also head to Lincoln Park on Chicago’s Near North Side. (Don’t drive; from the Loop, your best bet is to take the Brown Line elevated train to the Armitage stop.) The Armitage and Halsted corridor easily takes up a day. Art Effect shows off whimsical clothing, jewelry and home decor; all-natural skin products shine at Kiehl’s. Tapas and sangria at Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba fuel a day out. When you check in at theWit downtown (from $109), you’ll get warm chocolate chip cookies. Plan ahead to see a Broadway in Chicago show, or for half-price tickets (but limited selection), head to the East Randolph Street Hot Tix outlet or visit hottix.org. Postshow, have a drink and appetizer at Roof, theWit’s stunning rooftop bar.
You don’t have to stray far from the hotel to find fantastic shopping. P.O.S.H. on State Street mixes true vintage finds with retro-looking but made-today decor. Inside the wondrous multifloor Macy’s on State Street, the classy Walnut Room serves two dishes you don’t want to miss: savory chicken potpie and indulgent Frango chocolate-mint ice cream pie. The five-story shopping mall Block 37 sparkles with its sun-filled atrium and spoils with its spa. Dinner at upscale Atwood Restaurant is an experience in global flavors.
Heed the call of North Michigan Avenue: Upscale designer shops, including Burberry, All Saints and Ralph Lauren, mix with department stores, boutiques and restaurants. Head to The Peninsula Chicago for a pedicure in its spa or afternoon tea at The Lobby.
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