Going Incognito: A Taste of Life as a Travel Editor

Our traveling editors make it a priority to maintain their anonymity, but it's not always easy -- especially if your dinner companion doesn't exactly cooperate.

Where the Magic Happens in Chicago

The Chicago Magic Lounge, a launderette turned stylish cocktail bar and theater, is a worthy stop in the Andersonville neighborhood.

In Chicago, Food Trucks Are Out, Food Halls Are In

City regulations have mostly prohibited food trucks in Chicago. The city has responded by opening numerous indoor food halls. Here are three new ones downtown.

6 Excellent Taprooms in America's Beer Capital

Chicago currently has more breweries than any other city in the U.S., with some 167 in the metro area. Here are six near Ravenswood Avenue that are excellent.

Video: Sophy Hyde Park, a Chicago Hideaway

On a recent trip to Chicago, our editor hoped to find a hideaway that we could recommend. Here is video of the hotel he recommends there: the Sophy Hyde Park.

A Perfect Day In... Chicago's Hyde Park

This daylong itinerary in Chicago's Hyde Park is a fun alternative to downtown, with recommendations of important South Side attractions.

Three Favorite Small Museums in Chicago's Hyde Park

On this visit to Hyde Park, on Chicago's South Side, we skipped over the Museum of Science and Industry and visited three lesser-known gems.

Chicago’s New Hideaway Hotels

Chicago has long lacked a luxurious hideaway hotel. But a number of boutique properties have opened since our last stay, so we returned with high hopes.

Chicago's Best New Restaurants

A few excellent restaurants in Chicago may have closed, but the vacuum is quickly being filled. Here are 8 new additions to the Windy City dining scene.

A Newly Recommended Hotel in Chicago

Determined to find a hideaway in Chicago, our editor booked a trip there. After a few stays in various hotels, only one made the grade: the Sophy Hyde Park.

Letter From the Editor: February 2019

This month we feature two contrasting locations: Transylvania in the heart of Romania, and Chicago, in the heart of the Midwest.

Eat Like a Local: Chicago Steakhouses

There are no fewer than 18 essential steakhouses in Chicago -- and each ranges greatly in style. Here are the three that represent the best of the best.

5 New Hotels This Month, July 2016

Three new hotels added to Andrew Harper's Collection this month.

New Chicago Restaurants

Here are two of the most noteworthy Chicago restaurants in the popular restaurant district west of the Loop.

Chicago Athletic Association Hotel: Venetian Gothic on Lake Michigan

I have long admired the Venetian Gothic building, which wouldn’t look out of place along the Grand Canal if it were a few stories shorter.

Chicago Shopping: Finds From a More Gracious Era of Travel

A cast iron-fronted arcade in the historic Tree Studios building houses one of my favorite shops in Chicago: P.O.S.H.

Ten Places in America to See Before You Die

Many people have a list of places they’d like to visit before they move on to the next world; here are a few American suggestions of my own.

The Greeks: A Personal Exhibition at the Field Museum

“The Greeks: Agamemnon to Alexander the Great” certainly whetted our appetites for a return trip to Greece.

Restaurants of the Year 2016

Discover Andrew Harper's restaurants of the year, ranging from favorite informal restaurant in the United States to the best hotel restaurant in the world.

From the Travel Office: Andrew Harper's Chicago

Sitting on a sandy beach, with a yacht-dotted Lake Michigan on one side and a sunset framed by glittering skyscrapers on the other, it’s hard to imagine wanting to be anywhere but the “Second City.”

Ports of Call: Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, a great city on the water, is known for its sky-scraping architecture, eclectic neighborhoods, midwestern hospitality and formidable winters.

City Guide: Chicago

Enjoy this travel guide to Chicago with tips, recommendations and ideas for where to eat, stay and shop in this enticing city.

Chicago Field Museum Sets a New Standard

The Field Museum ranks high among Chicago’s star attractions, and its new Cyrus Tang Hall of China will only serve to enhance its reputation even greater.

Salvage Shopping in Chicago

Chicago's Grand Avenue Design District holds shops with enticing collections of salvaged architectural elements, antiques and edgy contemporary furniture.

A Fascinating Architecture Cruise Through Chicago

The Chicago Architecture Foundation offers a 90-minute cruise through the heart of downtown, finishing where the river meets the lake by the Navy Pier.

Favorite Chicago Cocktail Lounges

Given Chicago’s infamous history during Prohibition, it is only appropriate that the city should now have a thriving cocktail bar scene.

Frank Lloyd Wright Creations in Oak Park, Illinois

Mr. Harper recommends a visit to the near-west Chicago suburb of Oak Park to view the Prairie-style works of Frank Lloyd Wright, like Unity Temple.

Chicago’s Best Jazz Club

Chicago has a thriving jazz and blues scene, anchored by the Jazz Showcase and the House of Blues, but one small club draws Mr. Harper back time and again.

Chicago's Enduring Appeal

A Hideaway Report editor ventures beyond his three favorite Chicago hotels in an attempt to discover a new, fresh luxury property recommendation.

4 Chicago Dining Discoveries

Whenever I return to Chicago, it is always difficult to narrow the list of new restaurants I’d like to try. These four presented memorable meals.

Load More