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What to Do & See (and eat and drink)

It's good to know what the city you are visiting has to offer, and a little bit about the culture you are surrounded by when you're there.

Recommended by a Member

Located at 21 E Hubbard Street (a little over a mile from Navy Pier), Shaw’s is two restaurants in one - a jazzy, sophisticated, seafood restaurant and a carefree, lively oyster bar. With a fantastic selection of seasonal crab, both serve top-grade fish and shellfish, several varieties of just-shucked oysters, and inventive sushi and sashimi combinations, made with the freshest fish in town. They serve hand-selected USDA Prime steaks and offer a very good wine list.

Recommended by 2020 Art Materials World Exhibitor, Nicole Lundin - Toss Products

Want to recommend a Chicago Restaurant for Art Materials World Attendees?  Email Karen

The Magnificent Mile

The Magnificent Mile is a spectacular showcase of style, flavor, entertainment and fun. With more than 460 stores, 275 restaurants, 60 hotels and unique entertainments and attractions packed and stacked along its length, with an indulgence for every passion and every pocket.

Related imageIt is Chicago’s premier commercial district. The vibrant, bustling area is home to upscale shops, luxe fashion outlets, cool restaurants and posh hotels. Landmarks include the historic Chicago Water Tower, the neo-Gothic Tribune Tower, the terracotta Wrigley Building skyscraper and the 100-story John Hancock Center, which has a rooftop observation deck with fine dining and panoramic city views.

Visit for comprehensive directories to The Magnificent Mile shopping, dining, restaurants, hotels and attractions including shows, theaters, galleries, museums and tours.

What’s New in Chicago

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The recently opened, 35,000-square-foot Starbucks Reserve Roastery Chicago is located in what was formerly Crate & Barrel's flagship location, 646 Michigan Ave. The new five-story coffee shop includes a large roasting facility, a bar (with coffee cocktails) and an Italian bakery, plus tours and tastings.

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American Writers Museum

You don't have to be a writer to appreciate the  American Writers Museum, but being an avid reader helps.The museum opened in 2017 in 180 N. Michigan Avenue. It celebrates the written word in both old school and new-tech ways: You can type up your own tale on a vintage typewriter or fill in the blank from a well-known story via an electronic screen.

See more here

20 Things to Know about Chicago

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Here’s some advice from on how to get around Chicago, what’s worth your time and what isn’t, where to feast and drink, and more.


The week you're in Chicago, this is what's happening in sports:

4/23 - San Diego Padres
4/24, 4/25, 4/26 - Philadelphia Phillies
4/27, 4/28 - PIttsburgh Pirates

4/25 - Los Angeles FC

Out of Town

The River Walk

The Chicago Riverwalk, a 1.25-mile stretch located on the south bank of the Chicago River in the heart of downtown, is a multi-award-winning, pedestrian-friendly attraction with intimate coves; waterfront cafes, wineries, and bars; history-making public art; monuments; museums; and amazing excursions on the water. It’s also a great place to take in Chicago’s stunning architecture.

Tthe Riverwalk is open from 6 am to 11 pm  - with attractions and boat excursions generally coming to life from May through October.
Check out this suggested itinerary.


Chicago - this sites gives you 38 recommended restaurants to check out, such as:

Chicago’s steakhouse tradition can be experienced at Gibsons, the swanky Gold Coast institution that Eater readers voted the best steakhouse in America’s meatiest city. Celebrity sightings are frequent in the dining room and in the photos on the walls, while white-jacketed servers provide exquisite meat displays at a quintessential Chicago restaurant experience.

Food Establishments on and near Navy Pier

While you're at Navy Pier you can grab a bite at the some of the places they have available - see the list here.