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How Draw Something creator Charles Forman does Chicago

Published On 08/05/2013 Published On 08/05/2013
Ken Fisher
Christian Seel
Alicja Jastrzebska
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1. ShowPlace ICON at Roosevelt Collection 150 W Roosevelt Rd, Chicago, IL 60605 (South Loop)

Looking for a theater that understands your needs for fresh pizza, booze, and oversized leather sofas? Your long search has finally come to a close.

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2. Innovation Lab at Harold Washington Library 400 S. State St., Chicago, IL 60605 (Loop)

Books are windows to the past. 3D printing is the technology of the future. Making sure they have a monopoly on the past and the future, the Innovation Lab at Harold Washington Library gives patrons hands on access to some of MakerBot's latest 3D printers.

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3. Alinea 1723 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614 (Lincoln Park)

Alinea, the three-star Michelin restaurant in Lincoln Park, is a pinnacle of technique and creativity. If the ticketed reservation system tells us anything, it’s that a night at Alinea is more than just a meal: it is an unforgettable culinary experience featuring modern molecular gastronomy at its finest. And if its slew of accolades tells us anything -- namely that it is consistently included in the “World’s 50 Best Restaurants List” -- it’s that Alinea is one of the best restaurants in the world. The revolutionary restaurant on Halsted is the brainchild of acclaimed Chef Grant Achatz -- who cut his teeth under Thomas Keller -- and the dining room is his stage to fuse art and science into dynamic, sensory-evoking menus. Deep pockets required.

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4. Portillo's Hot Dogs 100 W Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60654 (River North)

Local favorite Portillo's specializes in classic Chicago-style hot dogs and an otherworldly chocolate cake that keeps fans coming back for more. They know what they're doing when it comes to hot dogs: the first Portillo's hot dog stand opened in 1963. They also know what they're doing when it comes to chocolate cake: they put it in milkshakes. That's right -- their chocolate cake shake comes blended with generous chunks of the lauded dessert. It's truly a masterpiece.

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5. The Aviary 955 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607 (Lincoln Park)

From James Beard Award-winning chef Grant Achatz (of Alinea fame), The Aviary is an ultra-posh cocktail bar that uses molecular gastronomy techniques to craft some of the prettiest cocktails you’ll ever have. To get a full taste of The Aviary, splurge on the multi-course cocktail tasting menu that pairs drinks with small bites. The speciality cocktails are pricey but the swanky experience is worth it.

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6. Stonehouse Farm 3719 Suydam Rd, Paw Paw, IL 60518

Company retreats could be worse than at this city-proximate venue, which provides outrageous natural beauty with sprawling communal meals. Also there are yoga masterclasses, which will go great after those communal meals.