Best place to experience local culture: "The quintessential experience is a trip to Wrigley for a Cubs game. People pay any price to get in and enjoy a game there."
Best place to hear the blues: "Buddy Guy's Legends is our quintessential blues club. It's got charm, atmosphere, and the best local musicians."

Best place for a classic Chicago hot dog: "Go to the Wiener's Circle. They chargrill their dogs and top them with mustard, relish, onions, hot peppers, and celery salt. Then they'll lay on a slice of dill pickle if you want it."



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THE MANSION ON TURTLE CREEK
DALLAS
MELISSA SPARVERO

Best way to kill an hour:
"Absolutely go to The Sixth Floor Museum. It focuses on the assassination of John F. Kennedy, with a lot of intriguing information."

Best restaurant on an expense account: "Other than our own restaurant, which is four-star, there's the French Room in the Adolphus Hotel. It's very upscale French dining."

Best lunch on the run: "Go to Paris Vendôme in the West Village. It's a French brasserie with good food, great service, and good people watching."

Best place to close a deal: "Nick & Sam's is a warm, friendly steakhouse. The staff is superb, and they have a great wine list."

Best place to spend time after hours: "The hottest place is Sense. It's guest-list only - but we can get you in."

Best place to buy a gift for the spouse: "Stanley Korshak is an upscale department store that sells all sorts of high-end items."

Best place to buy gifts for the kiddos: "Neiman Marcus, in North Park, has a section devoted to children's stuff."