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Concierge Hot Spots
Tim Anderson
Concierge,  Dana Hotel & Spa

If you are in the mood to dine and take in some live music, then head to the V Lounge at Eddie V’s Prime Seafood. The welcoming atmosphere makes it a perfect spot for the holidays and their food is delicious. I recommend the oysters and their Chilean sea bass. For dessert make sure to try their Bananas Foster.

Others to Try:
  • Tortoise Supper Club
  • Ditka’s
  • GT Fish & Oyster
Vineeta Santoshi
Concierge,  Corporate Concierge Services

The Christkindlmarket is an open-air European holiday market on Daley Plaza and features traditional art and beautiful handmade gifts. There are many must-try food and drinks including thüringer (sausage), glühwein (mulled wine) and stollen (holiday fruit bread). There is diverse holiday entertainment including choirs and carolers. Best of all, admission is free.

Others to Try:
  • "Christmas Around the World" and "Holidays of Light" at the Museum of Science & Industry
  • “It’s a Wonderful Life” at the Greenhouse Theater Center
  • Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier
Mark Kraemer
Concierge,  Hotel Palomar Chicago

Harking back to the glory days of hotel lobby bars, the Gold Coast’s Sparrow is a welcome respite for cold winter days. A 1930s-era rum-focused cocktail bar, the environs here are as impressive as their creations. Make sure to try La Florita made with Panama white rum, maraschino, lime, grapefruit, and whirled with crushed ice for a truly transportive experience.

Others to Try:
  • ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Skating Ribbon at Maggie Daley Park
  • Beacon Tavern
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