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Where to Stay, Play and Invest in Chicago

The Worth guide to businesses, hotels, restaurants and experiences in Chicago.

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Chicago is home to many interesting and innovative businesses, hotels, restaurants and attractions. Here, Worth has compiled some of the must-do things to see and experience in the Windy City.

Business

Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce

Boasting 400,000 members, the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce holds over 100 events annually, including an annual golf outing and the Daniel H. Burnham Award dinner, which honors a corporate community leader. 410 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 900, info@chicagolandchamber.org, 312.494.6700, chicagolandchamber.org

The Hatchery

An incubator for Chicago’s food industry, The Hatchery houses 56 private kitchens for culinary entrepreneurs to use to get their businesses off the ground. 135 N. Kedzie Ave., info@thehatcherychicago.org, 312.283.5723, thehatcherychicago.com

True North Venture Partners

A venture capital firm utilizing a holding company, True North invests in companies that are working to create a sustainable world. 205 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 2930, 312.574.1700, truenorthvp.com

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Hotels

The Drake

The iconic luxury hotel, a member of the Historic Hotels of America that’s been in its landmark building since 1920, accommodates 535 rooms and 74 suites. Take advantage of the afternoon tea in the hotel’s Palm Court, which has hosted Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Diana as guests. 140 E. Walton Pl., 312.787.2200, thedrakehotel.com

The Langham Chicago

A Mies van der Roe-designed downtown tower houses The Langham Chicago. Its 368 rooms and 48 suites offer amenities like breakfast in bed, and the Langham also holds the Chuan Spa, one of Chicago’s finest. 330 N. Wabash Ave., tlchi.info@langhamhotels.com, 312.923.9988, langhamhotels.com/en/the-langham/chicago

Thompson Chicago

Designed by Tara Bernerd, this luxury boutique hotel has a dark, stylish vibe offset with richly colored velvet and warm-toned woods. It’s a short walk away from Lake Michigan and the Magnificent Mile. 21 E. Bellevue Pl., ThompsonChiInfo@thompsonhotels.com, 312.266.2100, thompsonhotels.com/hotels/illinois/chicago/thompson-chicago

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Restaurants

Alinea

Repeatedly named one of the world’s 50 best restaurants, Alinea offers a truly original dining experience. Expect 10 courses or more with surprising and innovative dishes like clear pumpkin pie and green apple-flavored edible balloons filled with helium. 1723 N. Halsted St., alinearestaurant.com

Girl & the Goat

This eclectic eatery is the work of Top Chef and Iron Chef Gauntlet winner Stephanie Izard. The restaurant, which serves up creative takes on classic dishes, such as “crab rangoon” squash blossoms and confit goat belly, has also been nominated for a James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant with Izard winning Best Chef: Great Lakes in 2013. 890 W. Randolph St., info@girlandthegoat.com, 312.492.6262, girlandthegoat.com

Lou Malnati’s

Lou Malnati’s father, Rudy Malnati Sr., is regarded as the originator of deep-dish pizza. Drop in to one of its many locations for a little taste of history. Various locations, 847.562.1814, loumalnatis.com

Experiences

The Art Institute of Chicago

See renowned works of art, such as A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, American Gothic and iconic works by Picasso, Van Gogh and more. Join a one-hour tour or wander around at your own pace. 111 S. Michigan Ave. or 159 E. Monroe St. for the Modern Wing entrance, ticketing@artic.edu, 312.443.3600, artic.edu

Chicago Architecture Foundation Center’s River Cruise Aboard Chicago’s First Lady

This 90-minute cruise on the Chicago River is led by a docent who will guide you through the history of over 50 buildings along the riverfront. Opt for the twilight cruise to take in the city at sunset. 112 E. Wacker Dr., 312.922.8687, architecture.org/tours/detail/chicago-architecture-foundation-center-river-cruise-aboard-chicagos-first-lady

The Second City

Chicago’s legendary comedy club has given many famous comedians, including Bill Murray, Mike Meyers and Tina Fey, their start in the industry. Watch a show to see some of comedy’s up-and-coming stars. Various theaters throughout Chicago, 312.337.3992 for the box office, secondcity.com

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