Local Gems: Our Guide to the Chicago Area

Four Seasons Hotel Chicago is ideally located in the heart of the Gold Coast neighbourhood – just steps from Lake Michigan’s lakefront activities and an elevator ride away from Magnificent Mile shops – but that doesn’t mean you have to limit yourself to only exploring your immediate surroundings. Chicago is a city of distinct neighbourhoods, and we want you to experience it like we do. To get you started on your Windy City adventures, we asked our Four Seasons team – who have a finger on the pulse of what’s hot and happening in Chicago – for some of the can’t-miss places and activities in their neighbourhoods.

Where Our Concierge Dines on Her Day Off

– Kristen Klus, Chef Concierge

“One of my absolute favourites for brunch is Lula Café in Logan Square. They were doing farm-to-table before everyone else was. I usually opt for the delicious Royale, a breakfast sandwich with taleggio, a fried egg, hen of the woods mushrooms and chile honey.”

Our Office Manager's Favourite Cocktail Bar

– Front Office Manager, Linnea Carlson

“Head over to The Violet Hour for a swanky artisanal cocktail. Their James Beard Award-winning bar program is rooted in pre-Prohibition-style libations. Trust me, you won't want to miss the absinthe happy hour Mondays through Thursdays.”

Our PR Director's Favourite Weekend Spot in Lincoln Park

– Jim Guttau, Director of Public Relations

“A perfect Saturday for me is visiting Green City Market to grab a ratatouille crêpe or a Swiss raclette, followed by a free trip to the Lincoln Park Zoo – which is open 365 days a year – and then a leisurely bike ride along the 18-mile Lakefront Trail.”

Our Rooms Director's Favourite View

– Tim Churchmack, Director of Rooms

“Home of the first skyscraper, Chicago is known for its architecture – old and new. The best way to see these glimmering structures is aboard an architecture boat tour on the Chicago River. Do the latest tour so you see the sunset and the city lights illuminate.”