Why We're Heading to Chicago and Auckland Next
Our editors make the case for taking a long weekend this month to Chicago and finding flights to Auckland ASAP, before your friends catch on.
Whether you’re trying to figure out a last minute trip or looking a few months ahead, our editors are always working out the logistics for something, somewhere. Here are the itineraries we’ve got on the books this September. Go Now: Chicago Culture Fix
I’m the kind of Chicagophile who heads there even when temps dip to six degrees in January (which is when I’ll warm up with an old fashioned at Big Star). But I’m angling to visit this month, not so much for the glorious weather as for everything else going on. EXPO Chicago, a contemporary art fair shaping up to rival Frieze, will debut on September 13 with 135 galleries represented, including Gagosian and Perrotin. Later that week, the Chicago Architecture Biennial opens, with experimental projects installed across the city - think Burning Man for design geeks. Between visits to the DePaul Art Museum and the Hyde Park Art Center, and dinner at Roister, Grant Achatz’s rowdy but refined open-kitchen restaurant, I’ll try to make cocktails at Billy Sunday in Logan Square. Even if I miss the Cubs, I’ll still hit the North Side, where a billion-dollar redevelopment is hatching all sorts of cool places to eat and drink (Lucky Dorr already has good buzz). The only question is where to stay. The Ace Hotel Chicago, filled with Arne Jacobson-inspired decor, is now open in the heart of the restaurant-filled Fulton Market District. The new Viceroy Chicago, in a refurbished Gilded Age tower on the Gold Coast with Lake Michigan views, is also opening this month—and would put me right around the corner from Sparrow, one of my favorite late-night bars in a city that’s hotter than ever. –Paul Brady