View all newsletters
Latest in Luxury - Sign up to our weekly newsletter
  1. Travel
  2. Destination Guides
  3. North America
  4. Chicago
December 27, 2007updated Dec 20, 2023

4 Concierge Recommendations for Sightseeing in Chicago

By Chris Boyle

Balsan

We asked Chicago’s top concierges to share their personal recommendations for the perfect day in the Windy City.

JAY BALDRIDGE

CONCIERGE, TRUMP INTERNATIONAL HOTEL & TOWER

Begin your day with a morning run along Lake Michigan followed by breakfast at M. Henry.

Afterwards, enjoy a Romance and Relaxation package at The Spa at Trump; the side-by-side infinity bath and massage with champagne is a must. Spend the afternoon watching a concert in Millennium Park’s Pritzker Pavilion with a special catered picnic by Pastoral. Afterwards, drop by the Art Institute of Chicago before hitting the shops; men head to Haberdash, and ladies get something custom made at Borris Powell’s Studio. Complete your perfect day in Chicago with cocktails at The Terrace at Trump followed by a private dinner on the Lady Grebe, with fireworks bringing the night to an explosive finale.

Best Restaurants

Girl & The Goat Blue 13 Sixteen

Best Shop

Content from our partners
Clase Azul México Unveils New Mezcal
Elevate Your Wealth Experience with Whittier Trust
A Tailored Guide to Spain's Fashion History

Element, 741 North Wells Street

Best to do

Jay Baldridge Flight Chicago Food Tour.

+1 312 588 8000

www.trumpchicagohotel.com

TODD NELSON

CHIEF CONCIERGE, THE PENINSULA CHICAGO

Enjoy breakfast at our European-style café, Pierrot Gourmet, then hop into one of the Peninsula’s complementary chauffeur driven Mini Coopers to take in the sights of the city.

Stop off and enjoy the view at the top of the John Hancock Observatory and then hit Oak Street for some fabulous shopping. Drop by Millennium Park en route to lunch at The Lobby. Then take a Peninsula Academy Chicago Film Tour before relaxing at the ESPA Peninsula Spa. Spend the evening dining in Avenues, before heading to blues bar Blue Chicago.

Best Restaurants

Gibsons Topolobampo Pelago Ristorante

Best Shop

Material Possessions

Best to do

Institute of Chicago.

+1 312 337 2888

www.peninsula.com

CATHERINE DAVIDS CONCIERGE, SAX CHICAGO

Begin your day with a stop at Intelligentsia (Best Coffee Beans 2010, Village Voice) and a walk through Millennium Park to see the Priztker Pavilion and Lurie Garden.

Then wander across the street to The Gage, the perfect place for an Irish inspired brunch on the weekends. Afterwards, walk to the Art Institute of Chicago and then take one of the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s River Cruises for a relaxing 90-minute tour of the city. Spend the remainder of the afternoon in the Bucktown and Wicker Park districts and enjoy some great shopping in the amazing boutiques. In the evening, head to the Girl and the Goat, finishing with a nightcap at the Violet Hour.

Best Restaurants

Alinea Topolobampo Girl and the Goat

Best Shop

Blake, 500 South Dearborn Street

Best to do

Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

+1 312 245 0333

www.thompsonhotels.com

CATHERINE DAVIDS CONCIERGE, SAX CHICAGO

Begin your day with a stop at Intelligentsia (Best Coffee Beans 2010, Village Voice) and a walk through Millennium Park to see the Priztker Pavilion and Lurie Garden.

Then wander across the street to The Gage, the perfect place for an Irish inspired brunch on the weekends. Afterwards, walk to the Art Institute of Chicago and then take one of the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s River Cruises for a relaxing 90-minute tour of the city. Spend the remainder of the afternoon in the Bucktown and Wicker Park districts and enjoy some great shopping in the amazing boutiques. In the evening, head to the Girl and the Goat, finishing with a nightcap at the Violet Hour.

Best Restaurants

Alinea Topolobampo Girl and the Goat

Best Shop

Blake, 500 South Dearborn Street

Best to do

Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

+1 312 245 0333

www.thompsonhotels.com

EDWARD TOBIN CONCIERGE, ELYSIAN

Start your day with breakfast at the Balsan, where you can enjoy appetizing small plates of delights such as granola parfait, seasonal fruits and pastries whilst taking in the elegant modern décor.

After breakfast head to The Richard H. Driehaus Museum and take a pre-reserved tour around the 19th century site. Make your way down to Millennium Park and spend the afternoon relaxing with Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate and the staggering Chicago skyline to keep you entertained. Dine just steps from Millennium Park at Henri Restaurant, where Executive Chef Dirk Flanigan presents some of the most delicious French-influenced American cuisine in Chicago.

Best Restaurants

GT Fish and Oyster Bistronomic Maude’s Liquor Bar

Best Shop

Ikram, 873 North Rush Street

Best to do

Pre-dinner drinks at Hubbard Inn.

+1 312 646 1305

www.elysianhotels.com

Select and enter your email address Be the first to know about the latest in luxury lifestyle. Get the latest news on hotel openings and in-depth travel guides. Get insider access to exclusive promotions and special offers from our luxury partners.
Visit our privacy Policy for more information about our services, how New Statesman Media Group may use, process and share your personal data, including information on your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications.
Thank you

Thank you for subscribing to Elite Traveler.

Websites in our network