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Hub­bard St., 312-222-1331; hub­bardinn.com KATANA

From La-based In­no­va­tive Din­ing Group, this hit Sun­set Strip restau­rant has brought its sig­na­ture com­bi­na­tion of sushi and clas­sic Ja­panese bar­be­cue to River North in a sprawl­ing, 13,000-square-foot space fea­tur­ing a lounge, sushi bar, and 299-seat din­ing room. 339 N. Dear­born St.; in­no­va­tive­din­ing.com

LEÑA BRAVA

The Rick Bay­less em­pire con­tin­ues to ex­pand with this al­ways-packed Baja-style ad­di­tion to Restau­rant Row. Sip a Leña Ice (mez­cal, yel­low Char­treuse, lime, cu­cum­ber, and ser­rano pep­per) while peo­ple­watch­ing over a tempt­ing plate of ce­viche, black cod “al pas­tor,” or a 32-ounce tom­a­hawk steak. 900 W. Ran­dolph St., 312-733-1975; rick­bay­less.com/lena-brava

LH

One of Chicago’s hottest bars, this trilevel rooftop hang­out at the Lon­don­house ho­tel boasts a mag­nif­i­cent city view and scores with craft cock­tails and cre­ative Amer­i­can fare. IN­SIDER TIP: For a primo pro­posal lo­ca­tion, book the Cupola, Lon­don­house’s exquisitely in­ti­mate in­door/out­door space at the tippy-top of the ho­tel. 85 E. Up­per Wacker Dr., 21st—23rd Fls., 312-357-1200; lon­don­house­chicago.com/rooftop

MASTRO’S

This glitzy River North des­ti­na­tion for steaks and sushi brings a lit­tle bit of Hollywood to the Windy City’s car­niv­o­rous din­ing scene. The in­dul­gent warm but­ter cake is one of the city’s top desserts.

IN­SIDER TIP: Catch nightly live mu­sic in the lounge from acts like the aptly named trio the Cham­pagne Kings. 520 N. Dear­born St., 312-5215100; mas­tros­restau­rants.com

MORTON’S THE STEAK­HOUSE

A Chicago orig­i­nal since 1978, Morton’s is still one of the city’s ab­so­lute best places for steak. IN­SIDER TIP: Catch the bar’s 5–8 PM week­day “Power Hour” for primo food and drink spe­cials. 1050 N. State St., 312-266-4820; 65 E. Wacker Pl., 312-201-0410; mor­tons.com

OCEAN CUT CHICAGO

At this so­phis­ti­cated yet ap­proach­able seafood des­ti­na­tion from Chicago Cut part­ners David Flom and Matt Moore, guests can ex­pect über­fresh and fla­vor­ful fare like jun­gle-curry mus­sels and sword­fish au poivre.

IN­SIDER TIP: Make tracks to the Shark Bar on Tues­days dur­ing Happy Hour (4–7 PM), when the restau­rant raf­fles off a pair of Jimmy Choos.

20 W. Kinzie St., 312-280-8882; ocean­cutchicago.com

OTTO MEZZO

The lat­est col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween nightlife mae­stros Rockit Ranch Pro­duc­tions and Miche­lin-starred chef Kevin Hickey, this Ital­ian hang­out opened in the spring to in­stant ac­claim. Ex­pect in­trigu­ing large-for­mat and in­di­vid­ual cock­tails alike from award­win­ning mixol­o­gist Bran­don Phillips in an Ital­ian arts- and cinema-in­spired space. 311 W. Chicago Ave., 312-2340884; ot­tomez­zo­bar.com

PEARL TAVERN

This newly ren­o­vated Loop seafood des­ti­na­tion gets cre­ative, with menu op­tions rang­ing from daily-chang­ing ce­viche and salmon carpac­cio with soy gin­ger vinai­grette to charred oc­to­pus, lob­ster BLTS, and pan-seared scal­lops with banana cau­li­flower purée. 180 N. Up­per Wacker Dr., 312-629-1030; pearl­tav­ern.com

PELAGO

It’s all in the fam­ily at this lovely, in­ti­mate Raf­faello Ho­tel restau­rant, where Miche­lin-starred chef Mauro Mafrici crafts ex­quis­ite Ital­ian fare— del­i­cate beef carpac­cio with crem­ini mush­rooms, penne pasta with hen ragù and sage—in an el­e­gant space de­signed by wife Kim­berly An­guil Mafrici, an ar­chi­tect and in­te­rior de­signer. 201 E. Delaware Pl., 312280-0700; pelagorestau­rant.com

PROXI

One of the sum­mer’s hottest open­ings, this new Ful­ton Mar­ket District des­ti­na­tion from the award­win­ning team of Em­manuel Nony and chef An­drew Zim­mer­man gives global street food the gourmet treat­ment. A live­lier, more ca­sual coun­ter­point to Sepia, its chic-but­but­toned-down sib­ling restau­rant next door, Proxi fea­tures bites like tem­pura elotes and fried fish col­lars with Thai gar­lic-chili sauce. 565 W. Ran­dolph St., 312-441-1920; prox­i­chicago.com

ROCKIT

From nightlife king Billy Dec and the squad at Rockit Ranch (Sunda, Bot­tle­fork, Un­der­ground, Duck Inn), this was River North’s first sports bar­lounge-restau­rant hy­brid, and it’s still the best. The smartly crafted bar fare in­cludes ev­ery­thing from gourmet burg­ers and sal­ads to ad­dic­tive, pizza roll-es­que Rockit Pock­its. 22 W. Hub­bard St., 312-645-6000; rock­it­barand­grill.com

SOUTH­ERN CUT BBQ

First steak, then seafood; now the team be­hind Chicago Cut and Ocean Cut has em­braced bar­be­cue with this new Streeter­ville restau­rant—and with ’cue queen Lee Ann Whip­pen man­ning the kitchen, this one is mak­ing fans of South­ern fare sit up and take no­tice. 198 E. Delaware Pl., 312-280-8887; south­ern­cutbbq.com

STEAK 48

Mastro’s founders Jef­frey and Michael Mastro have brought their

lat­est car­niv­o­rous con­cept to the heart of River North this sum­mer. The 12,000-square-foot din­ing spot boasts sleek de­sign, a lively pa­tio, and cre­ative fare like fried dev­iled eggs, su­per­food sal­ads, a king crab av­o­cado stack, and 28-day wet-aged prime NY strips, bone-in rib eyes, and filet mignons cut in-house by the restau­rant’s master butcher.

615 N. Wabash St.; steak48.com/ steak­house-chicago

3 ARTS CLUB CAFE

Hogsalt Hos­pi­tal­ity founder Bren­dan Sodikoff says of this airy re­treat at the cen­ter of RH’S fab Gold Coast gallery, “It’s a place where any­one can feel at home.” True—but it helps if you’re wear­ing de­signer duds to fit in with the über-chic crowd of lunch­ing ladies. 1300 N. Dear­born St., 312-475-9116; 3artsclub­cafe.com

III FORKS STEAK­HOUSE

Tucked into the Lakeshore East com­plex north of mil­len­nium park, this sleek down­town des­ti­na­tion scores with a primo rooftop lounge and an up­dated steak­house menu that tempts with plates like lamb meat­balls, seared scal­lops with ba­con jam, prime dou­ble-cut pork chops, and an im­pres­sive se­lec­tion of prime, dry-aged, and Wagyu beef. 180 N. Field Blvd., 312-938-4303; 3forks.com/chicago is “Spies, Traitors, and Sabo­teurs: Fear and Free­dom in Amer­ica,” which ex­plores nine ma­jor events in US his­tory when the na­tion was threat­ened from within its own bor­ders. 1601 N. Clark St., 312-6424600; chicago­his­tory.org

DUS­ABLE MU­SEUM OF AFRICAN AMER­I­CAN HIS­TORY

Ex­plore the his­tory and cul­ture of Amer­ica’s black com­mu­ni­ties in di­verse ex­hibits like “Free­dom, Re­sis­tance, and the Jour­ney To­ward Equal­ity” and “A Slow Walk to Great­ness: The Harold Wash­ing­ton Story,” as well as works by no­ta­bles such as Henry Os­sawa Tan­ner and Archibald mot­ley Jr. 740 E. 56th Pl., 773-947-0600; dus­able­mu­seum.org

FIELD MU­SEUM

This nat­u­ral his­tory nerve cen­ter is beloved for its world-fa­mous res­i­dent T. rex fos­sil SUE, as well as dy­namic ex­hi­bi­tions and the new in­ter­ac­tive Grainger Science Hub. On view through Jan­uary 7, 2018, is “Spec­i­mens: Un­lock­ing the Se­crets of Life,” an ex­am­i­na­tion of the im­por­tance of some of the mu­seum’s more than 30 mil­lion spec­i­mens. 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr., 312-9229410; field­mu­seum.org

GREEN MILL

This cen­tury-old night­club was a fa­vorite of the Al Capone set and still at­tracts jaz­zheads from around the world for per­for­mances by pa­tri­cia Bar­ber and the Alan Gre­sik Swing Shift Orches­tra.

IN­SIDER TIP: The Up­town poetry Slam (Sun­days, 7–10 pm) is a rol­lick­ing cel­e­bra­tion of the spo­ken word, hosted with lac­er­at­ing wit by slam poetry leg­end marc Kelly Smith. 4802 N. Broad­way, 773-8785552; green­mill­jazz.com

HAR­RIS THE­ATER

From host­ing per­for­mances of world mu­sic and in­ter­na­tional dance to serv­ing as home to lo­cal com­pa­nies like Hub­bard Street Dance and Chicago Opera The­ater, this sleek, sub­ter­ranean mil­len­nium park oa­sis has evolved into one of the city’s most com­pelling cul­tural venues. 203 E. Ran­dolph St., 312-334-7777; har­risthe­ater­chicago.org

MIL­LEN­NIUM PARK

From ex­pan­sive lawns and an ex­tra­or­di­nary live mu­sic venue to a duo of crowd-pleas­ing pub­lic art in­stal­la­tions in Anish Kapoor’s iconic Cloud Gate (“The Bean”) and Jaume plensa’s Crown Foun­tain, this 25-acre play­ground has be­come the epi­cen­ter of down­town Chicago.

IN­SIDER TIP: Stroll across Frank Gehry’s sin­u­ous bridge to­ward the lake to dis­cover the kid-tas­tic mag­gie Da­ley park, with climb­ing walls and slides aplenty. 201 E. Ran­dolph St., 312-742-1168; mil­len­ni­umpark.org

MU­SEUM OF SCIENCE AND IN­DUS­TRY

The largest science mu­seum in the Western Hemi­sphere, this in­sti­tu­tion cel­e­brates in­no­va­tion with in­ter­ac­tive ex­hibits that ex­plore green en­ergy, space travel, fu­ture tech, and more. IN­SIDER TIP: On a scale of 1 to 10, the baby chick hatch­ery scores an 11 for cute­ness, elic­it­ing “oohs” and “aahs” from all ages. 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr., 773-684-1414; msichicago.org

NAVY PIER

Chicago’s num­ber-one at­trac­tion, with more than 9 mil­lion vis­i­tors a year, cel­e­brated its cen­ten­nial in 2016 with an ex­ten­sive re­design, in­clud­ing a new all-weather Fer­ris wheel that soars a tow­er­ing 196 feet. 600 E. Grand Ave., 800-595-7437; navyp­ier.com

Cre­ative takes on global street food—like this roasted egg­plant with tahini, pome­gran­ate, and paratha—are mak­ing mroxi one of the city’s must-try new din­ing spots.

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