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Booting Up
Lisa Shames | Photography by Anthony Tahlier | December 22, 2014

When it was announced that Henri, Michigan Avenue’s jewel-box French restaurant, was closing after four years to make way for a more casual Italian spot, I was apprehensive. Reconcepting is rarely a good sign, and so often what...

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Happy New Year!
Jessie Sardina | December 19, 2014

1. Alinea
What better way to end 2014 than with an incredible meal? Chef Grant Achatz offers a special extended tasting menu that’s sure to wow. Tickets...

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Feast of Fishes
Jessie Sardina | December 19, 2014

1. Filini
Filini—the stylish multilevel resto inside the Radisson Blu Aqua—will be serving up delectable fare (mussel soup, tuna carpaccio and clam...

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Diamond Decade
Sarah Perkins | December 17, 2014

When a store like Graff Diamonds Chicago celebrates 10 years, it requires something a bit over-the-top. Appropriately, the store has imported an exclusive exhibit of jewelry from across...

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Chiara Milioulis | December 17, 2014


Nordstrom Michigan Avenue

Shoppers swarmed Nordstrom’s first-floor shoe department to catch a glimpse of reality star-turned-shoe designer Kristin Cavallari at the in-store...

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Coupe du Jour
Nate Chapnick | December 17, 2014

Many high-performance supercars spend most of their time parked, saddled by inclement weather and overall impracticality. Enter the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4MATIC Coupe, a two-door supercar re-envisioning of the maker’s top-of-the-line sedan, to be...

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The Fixers
Lisa Shames | December 17, 2014

You would never know it from the outside of the four-story brick building on a quiet West Town street, but through the unassuming doors of The Conservation Center have passed works from some of the world...

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Lunch Break
Jessie Sardina | December 15, 2014

1. Sophie’s at Saks
Perched on the seventh floor of Michigan Avenue’s Saks Fifth Avenue, this popular destination offers delicious fare with a stunning view. Watch the hustle and bustle of holiday shoppers below while enjoying...

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Arts and Power
Thomas Connors, Laura Hine, Sarah Ryan, Jessie Sardina, Lisa Shames and David Zivan | December 12, 2014

Kate Lorenz
The Hyde Park Art Center marks 75 years, and its leader continues its remarkable history of community engagement.

Kate Lorenz has...

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Bottle Opener
David Zivan | December 8, 2014

The term “food truck” does not rapidly spring to mind when someone mentions Alpana Singh. She’s a master sommelier, for one thing (the youngest woman ever to pass the grueling test); she directed the wine program at Everest (starting when she was...

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Ottoman Allure
Ayesha Khan | December 8, 2014

Once a capital of the great Roman Empire and seat of the Ottoman Empire, Istanbul—one of the world’s only cities set on two continents, Asia and Europe—has enchanted visitors for centuries. You can also count present-day intrigue among the...

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’Tis the (Spa!) Season
The Editors | December 5, 2014

1. Chuan Spa
The Harvest Apple Facial at The Langham’s spa gets you glowing with an apple stem-cell peel, while the cranberry pomegranate mask—full of...

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