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WhereTraveler Chicago - - CONTENTS - RE­BECCA STARODUB C ONCIERGE, T HE RI T Z - CARL­TON, C HI CAGO

Q: WHAT’S YOUR FA­VORITE THING ABOUT CHICAGO?

A: The fact that no mat­ter how long you’ve vis­ited here, the city al­ways finds ways to sur­prise you. Even walk­ing around dif­fer­ent neigh­bor­hoods will of­fer ex­pe­ri­ences that can’t be pre­dicted or planned, like new street art or a mu­si­cian play­ing on the cor­ner. For that rea­son, I al­ways try to en­cour­age my guests to leave some time in their sched­ule that isn’t planned to ex­pe­ri­ence this for them­selves.

Q: WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO EN­JOY CHICAGO DUR­ING THE HOL­I­DAYS?

A: I just love this time of year. There are so many hol­i­day ac­tiv­i­ties to en­joy. Christkind­l­mar­ket at Da­ley Plaza is a must with de­li­cious Ger­man food, hot mulled wine served in sou­venir mugs as well as ar­ti­san gifts. Af­ter, head to State Street to view the hol­i­day win­dows at Macy’s and con­tinue to Mil­len­nium Park to see the of­fi­cial city tree and lights. I also love Christ­mas around the World at the Mu­seum of Science & In­dus­try, ZooLights at Lin­coln Park Zoo and ice skat­ing at the Mag­gie Da­ley Park Skat­ing Rib­bon. To cap off a trip dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son, I rec­om­mend see­ing a show like The Jof­frey Bal­let’s “The Nutcracker” or “A Christ­mas Carol” at the Good­man Theatre.

Q: WHAT’S NEW AT THE RITZ-CARL­TON, CHICAGO?

A: There are spe­cial of­fer­ings this sea­son, in­clud­ing Hol­i­day Af­ter­noon Tea at our restau­rant, To­rali. On Christ­mas Day, we will also have a spe­cial buf­fet brunch with many food sta­tions and a live jazz trio. On New Year’s Eve, our Clic­quot in the Snow party will fea­ture mu­sic in our café, which will be trans­formed into a Veuve Clic­quot lounge.

I just love this time of year. There are so many hol­i­day ac­tiv­i­ties to en­joy.

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