The Perfect Day... Business
Ambitious Chicago is a busy city, drawing on its mighty industrial past and driven by modern-day social entrepreneurs. LUXE shows you how to max out the perfect Chicago business trip…
Start by getting that pulse racing with an early morning workout, courtesy of Bike and Roll; wheel along the breezy lakefront, soaking up stellar views. Next, breakfast. Pedal over to the Doughnut Vault on River North and line up with sweet-toothed locals for the city’s best doughnuts, in tempting artisanal flavours from red velvet to chestnut-glazed.
For a lunchtime meat and greet, get a protein fix at Chicago Cut, a steakhouse frequented by movers and shakers – all the signature cut steaks are certified USDA prime and dry-aged for 35 days on site.
If you’re in Chicago on an extended trip, schedule an afternoon appointment at Balani Custom Clothiers for razor-sharp bespoke suiting, or if you’re on a tight schedule, try Paul Stuart for quick top-to-toe custom clothes.
Spending the afternoon wooing a client? You can’t go wrong with a baseball game in this sports-mad town, so taxi over to Wrigley Field and catch the Cubs (or the White Sox at the US Cellular Field) to witness Chicago’s undying devotion. Enjoy post-game pre-dinner drinks at cutting-edge cocktail kitchen Aviary, from chefs Achatz and Kokonas, the molecular magicians behind three Michelin-starred Alinea and Next, where you’re headed next for an inventive degustation dinner. The restaurant is insanely popular, so do book ahead; it’s a great ice-breaker for client meetings too. Work it, baby!
Bike and Roll / Millennium Park / 239 E Randolph St / Loop / +1 312 729 1000 / 9am-7pm daily / bikechicago.com / + branch
Doughnut Vault / 401 N Franklin St / River North / +1 312 285 2830 / from 8am Mon-Fri, from 9.30am Sat-Sun / doughnutvault.com / + branch
Chicago Cut / 300 N LaSalle St / River North / +1 312 329 1800 / 7am-2am Mon-Fri, 10am-2am Sat-Sun / chicagocutsteakhouse.com
Balani Custom Clothiers / 55 W Monroe St / Loop / +1 312 263 9003 / 9.30am-6.30pm Mon-Thu, until 6pm Fri, 10am-2am Sat / balanicustom.com
Paul Stuart / 208 S LaSalle St / Loop / +1 312 580 0000 / 8.30am-6pm Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm Sat / paulstuart.com / + branch
Wrigley Field / 1060 W Addison St / Lake View / + 1 800 843 2827 / chicago.cbslocal.com
Aviary / 955 W Fulton Market / West Loop / +1 312 226 0868 / 5pm-midnight Sun-Wed, until 2am Thu-Fri, until 3am Sat / theaviary.com
Next / 935 W Fulton Market / West Loop / online ticketing with full payment at booking / nextrestaurant.com