Chicago Your Way
For late night libations, girls' glam destinations, or historic landmarks our recs around the city
There’s no shortage of after-dark activities around Chicago, it all depends on your personal style. The swanky and wellconnected spend their nights at Billy Dec’s iconic nightclub (1) The Underground (56 W. Illinois St.), a favorite of celebs like Justin Bieber, Kate Upton and the various NBA pros that dribble through town. Younger crowds seeking more booze for their buck rage at (2) Slippery Slope (2357 N. Milwaukee Ave.) in Logan Square. Prices will make you think they left something off the bill, but it’s no mistake, beers really start at $2. Jazz lovers need to take in a set at (3) Buddy Guy’s Legends (700 S. Wabash Ave.). Founded by the famed blues singer, Legends features a packed roster of top-notch talent—Guy himself has even been known to stop by for a quick set.
Who run the world? That’s right: girls. But even Wonder Woman needs a break, so decompress at the (1) Chuan Spa inside the Langham Chicago (330 N. Wabash Ave.). From massages to traditional Chinese medicine treatments, this zen oasis is designed to melt away stress. Now that your qi is restored, make an appointment at (2) Beautify at AMS (830 N. Ashland) to put your best face forward. The state-of-the-art beauty spa specializes in rejuvenation and anti-aging treatments like microneedling, which is said to reduce lines and wrinkles, stretch marks or even scarring. Finish up your makeover with a new wardrobe from (3) Azeeza (900 N. Michigan). Founded by Chicago designer Azeeza Khan, the chic brand is known for intricate embellishments and sleek silhouettes, which have made it a favorite of local fashionistas.
Travel back to the Prohibition Era on the popular (1) Untouchable Tours (600 N. Clark St.). A campy driver and guide take you to the hangouts of the city’s most notorious gangsters and bootleggers like Al Capone, while rattling off little-known facts about Chicago’s roots (even locals will learn a thing or two). The (2) Chicago History Museum (1601 N. Clark St.) recently unveiled their new exhibit “Spies, Traitors and Saboteurs.” Meant to resonate with the current political climate, the showcase invites guests to consider the balance between security and freedom. Not all history is old. Check out the memorabilia from the Cubs’ new World Series win at the (3) Chicago Sports Museum (835 N. Michigan Ave.). David Ross’ catcher’s gear from Game 7, Addison Russell’s grand slam ball and more are all preserved for posterity.