The ultimate in a shopping excursion is a cruise down Miracle Mile, the place to go for both upscale stores and luxury hotels. Equally worth a visit are the traditional Wicker Park and Bucktown neighborhoods, now big favorites among the art crowd. But the city of Al Capone fame is also one of America’s top locations on the fine dining circuit. Gourmet options range from Charlie Trotter and Sunda to the trendy Table 52, restaurant in an old carriage-house where Art Smith (Oprah Winfrey’s chef) runs the show. There’s also Tru,
for progressive French cuisine.
As for the Gibson Steakhouse, it’s a must. The bar there, one of the noisiest in town, is where local sports stars and politicians head for a drink. At lunchtime, however, nothing beats Terzo Piano, the Chicago Art Institute restaurant. It’s on the third floor, is a Renzo Piano design and offers