Two- minute guide to... CHICAGO

The Irish Times Magazine - - TRAVEL BAG - Leonie Cor­co­ran

SEE Chicago is the birth­place of the sky­scraper. Take a 90- minute guided tour with First Lady Cruises, run with the Chicago Ar­chi­tec­ture Foun­da­tion ( ar­chi­tec­ture. org) to see the city’s sky­line from the wa­ter. Whether its po­lit­i­cal or ro­man­tic, each sky­scraper has a story that you would never know at street- level. SLEEP For a fam­ily- run ex­pe­ri­ence, head to the Guest­house Ho­tel ( theguest­house­ho­tel. com; from $ 169 per room) in artsy An­der­son­ville. Down­town, Loews Chicago Ho­tel ( Loew­sho­tels. com/ Chicago; room from $ 199 per room) of­fers slick ser­vice with a roof ter­race and spa­cious rooms with great views. Both have free wifi. SAVOUR Break­fast. Don’t bother pay­ing for it at your ho­tel. Ven­ture out and ex­plore. Wicker Park. Down­town, make your way to Yolk ( eaty­olk. com). Yes, it spe­cialises in eggs but there are also sweet treats. SUP An­other city, an­other cock­tail. The door to the Vi­o­let Hour ( the­vi­o­lethour. com) is hid­den be­neath the ever- chang­ing mu­ral on the wooden build­ing across from Big Star. Through the vel­vet cur­tains, sit back and sup a $ 13 pre- pro­hi­bi­tion cock­tail. SHOP Head to south- side neigh­bour­hood Pilsen for vin­tage shop­ping, with Knee Deep a high­light ( kneedeep­v­in­tage. com). For all things US high street, stick to the Mag­nif­i­cent Mile. Don’t miss Reck­less Records. SKIP The Bean. It’s shiny, re­flec­tive and curvy but un­less your hol­i­day high­light is photo- bomb­ing le­gions of selfie- tak­ers, stroll past this fun­house mir­ror. Its real name is Cloud Gate by the way.

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