Two- minute guide to... CHICAGO
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.