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Back in October, The Aviary co-founder Nick Kokonas was our personal host at this hot new drinks "restaurant" where every cocktail is served up as if it’s the main entrée at a four-star venue. (Photos here.) And that’s exactly the point, says Kokonas, who dropped out of college as a philosophy major on his first day, but still talks about food and drink in a very esoteric way. "We are single-handedly changing the experience of restaurants," says Kokonas. The Aviary is no ordinary craft cocktail bar. Keep reading for more of the city's hotspots, from architectural icons to top eats.

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North Lake Shore Drive 860–880 North Lake Shore Drive

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, with Pace Associates and Holsman, Holsman, 
Klekamp & Taylor, 1952
rookery The Rookery

209 S. LaSalle St. 
Burnham & Root, 1885–1888; lobbies and light court: Frank Lloyd Wright, 1907
the john hancock center John Hancock Center

875 N. Michigan Ave. 

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, 1969
the tribune
Tribune Tower
435 N. Michigan Ave. 
Howells & Hood, 1925
willis tower skydeck Sears Tower
233 S. Wacker Dr. 
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, 1974
chicago water tower
Chicago Water Tower and Pumping Station
806/811 N. Michigan Ave. 
William W. Boyington, 1866, 1869
unity temple
Unity Temple
875 Lake St., Oak Park
Frank Lloyd Wright, 1909
wrigley building Wrigley Building
400 N. Michigan Ave. 
Graham, Anderson, Probst & White, 1920, 1924

Bars & Restaurants

Aviary The Aviary
955 West Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607
the landmark club The Landmark Club at the Ritz-Carlton Residences, Chicago
Designed by Gary Lee Partners
118 East Erie Street, Chicago, IL 60611
Little Goat Diner Little Goat Diner
820 West Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60607 
 maude Maude's Liquor Bar
840 West Randolph, Chicago, IL 60622
 studio paris Paris Club Chicago
59 West Hubbard, Chicago, IL 60654
 the pump room The Pump Room
Designed by Yabu Pushelberg
Public Hotel, 1301 North State Parkway, Chicago, IL 60610
 sepia restaurant Sepia
Designed by Gary Lee Partners
123 North Jeferrson Street, Chicago, IL 60661
the tasting room
The Tasting Room

1415 West Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60607


theartinstitute The Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603
garfieldpark Garfield Park Conservatory
300 North Central Park, Chicago, IL 60624
millennium park Millennium Park
201 East Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60686
 lincoln park conservatory
Lincoln Park Conservatory
2391 North Stockton Drive, Chicago, IL 60614

Sweet Treats

black dog gelato Black Dog Gelato
859 North Damen Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622
hotchocolate Hot Chocolate
1747 North Damen Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647
molly Molly's Cupcakes
2536 North Clark Street, Chicago IL 60614