She Said…
Why Felicity Huffman is fiercely into things that are Chicagoan

Lodging

The Peninsula Chicago (very expensive)
(312) 337-2888
www.chicago.peninsula.com

Dining

Ann Sather (Swedish, inexpensive to moderate)
(773) 348-2378
www.annsather.com

The Gaslight Bar & Grille (pub fare, inexpensive to moderate)
(773) 929-7759
www.gaslightbar.com

Jaks Tap (pub fare, inexpensive)
(312) 666-1700
www.jakstap.com

Landmark Grill & Lounge (American, moderate to expensive)
(312) 587-1600
www.landmarkgrill.net

Le Bouchon (French, expensive)
(773) 862-6600
www.lebouchonofchicago.com

The Matchbox (beer, spirits, and wine, inexpensive)
(312) 666-9292

The 3rd Coast Cafe & Wine Bar (American, moderate)
(312) 649-0730,
www.3rdcoastcafe.com

Turquoise Restaurant (Turkish, moderate)
(773) 549-3523
www.turquoisedining.com

Theater

Goodman Theatre
(312) 443-3800
www.goodman-theatre.org

Steppenwolf Theatre Company
(312) 335-1650
www.steppenwolf.org

Shopping

Blake Women's Apparel
(773) 477-3364

Marshall Field's (now Macy's)
(312) 781-1000
www.macys.com

Michigan Avenue
(312) 642-3570
www.themagnificentmile.com

ATTRACTIONS

John Hancock Center
(312) 751-3680
www.johnhancockcenterchicago.com

Lincoln Park Zoo
(312) 742-2000
www.lpzoo.com

Montgomery Ward Building
6 North Michigan Avenue

Navy Pier
(800) 595-7437
www.navypier.com

New Buffalo
Michigan
www.newbuffalo.com

North Avenue Beach
(312) 742-7529
www.chicagoparkdistrict.com

Oak Street Beach
(312) 742-7529
www.chicagoparkdistrict.com

Sears Tower
(312) 875-0066
www.thesearstower.com

The Wrigley Building
(312) 923-8080
www.thewrigleybuilding.com

Wrigley Field
(773) 404-2827
www.cubs.com

We Said…
Why we're fiercely into things that are Chicagoan


Lodging

Crowne Plaza Hotel­Chicago-Metro (moderate)
(312) 829-5000
www.crowneplaza.com/chicagometro
This year-old West Loop lodging bills itself as an "ideal home-away-from-home for weekday business travelers." If only every home were this luxurious! We'd love to be able to hop out of bed each day and have beautiful skyline views, a full-service concierge, a loaded exercise room, and the hotel's other amenities (including access to a Hummer and a driver, if you're staying in a suite).

Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center (inexpensive to moderate)
(800) 868-7625
www.starvedrocklodge.com
Want to escape the hustle and bustle? Consider this rustic retreat 90 miles southwest of Chicago. Set amid lush Starved Rock State Park, a 2,630-acre forest overlooking the Illinois River, the stone-and-log lodge dates back to the 1930s and allows guests all sorts of recreation, even at this time of year. (Cross-country skiing, anyone?)

Dining

Fixture (moderate)
(773) 248-3331
www.fixturechicago.com
Enjoying a meal here is like getting a mini culinary lesson. The menu defines everything in glorious detail, from the hint of habanero ("hot chile pepper, orange, native to Cuba") in the roasted suckling pig to the béarnaise sauce ("hollandaise with tarragon and vinegar") accompanying the crab-and-asparagus-stuffed artichoke. Learning never tasted so good.

Harold's Chicken Shack (inexpensive)
(312) 362-0442
White or dark, by the quarter or the half, dry or sauced (the way locals eat it), Harold's is the spot for fried chicken in Chi-Town. You can try its crispy, greasy, golden goodness at several locations, but the original location is a no-frills spot - complete with order takers behind bulletproof glass - in a South Side strip mall.

Attractions

Oak Park.
Not only is this quaint spot one of Chicago's oldest suburbs, but it also houses Ernest Hemingway's birthplace and Frank Lloyd Wright's first home and studio. A tour of the former (www.ehfop.org) offers a peek at Papa Hemingway's childhood diary, letters, and other writings, while the latter (www.wrightplus.org) reveals the tinkering that Wright did to his own four walls before sharing his ideas with clients.

River North
www.rivernorth­association.com
Another must-see neighborhood is this Near North Side community, which claims the largest concentration of art galleries outside of Manhattan. But if marveling at the masterpieces in the 60-plus arts and antiques spaces isn’t enough for you, there are restaurants, shops, and historic homes to entice you as well.