So you’re in Chicago for a conference or for business and you only have two hours or one afternoon to spend on yourself. We asked Hilary of H. Bune Designs to tell us what she'd recommend to a visitor who only has two hours or an afternoon to spend seeing Chicago. If you are craving good wine, good food, and maybe some live music, she suggests visiting City Winery.
For Travelers Who Like: Food, wine, live music
Where to Go: City Winery is located at 1200 W. Randolph Street. Take an Uber or Lyft. Or take the CTA Green or Pink lines to the Morgan and Lake stop and walk four blocks to City Winery.
What Makes It Special: City Winery’s goal is to bring “wine and food and music together” and according to rave reviews from Food & Wine and Wine Spectator Magazines, the unique restaurant/wine bar/music venue has accomplished just that.
Inside, guests have views of the winery. In good weather, ask to sit on the outdoor patio where you are surrounded by grape vines and other greenery. City Winery has a wine list that features over 400 wines from around the world; but the special draw are the 20 wines that it produces in-house. There are typically 14 wines available on tap, which have no preservatives or added sulfites.
If you have more than a few hours to spare one evening, check to see who’s performing at City Winery while you’re in town. An example of the kind of unique musical performances it hosts is “Sarah Vaughn Live at Mister Kelly’s and London House” in which eight Chicago vocalists recreate the legendary singer’s performances at those two Chicago landmark nightclubs.
Don’t Miss: The food! You can have dinner before a concert or order food and drinks at your seats.
Deana says try the burrata plate; its her favorite. We can’t wait to sample the Creole shrimp and fried green tomatoes and the salted candy bar(a combination of milk chocolate ganache with a salted pretzel croquant, black fudge sauce , almond nougat, and fudge cake). Yum!
Traveling to Chicago for business? We asked Hilary of H. Bune Designs to tell us what she'd recommend to a visitor who only has two hours or an afternoon to spend seeing Chicago. If you love architecture or history, she suggests taking the Chicago Architecture Foundation Riverboat Tour. Hilary, who loves the tour enough to have taken it three times, says it's perfect if your free time is limited because the tour only lasts about 90 minutes