Insider Guide | W City Center Hotel
Insider Jaclyn Costello has curated a list of weekend must-do's. Make history with access to the places that add a dose of cool to Chicago and discover what is new/next in music, fashion, art and food.
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Mr. Floyd Davis, artist and entrepreneur, divides his time between Code of Conduct (his co-owned tattoo studio) and ARTPENTRY (his workshop). Artpentry is an independent woodshop and gallery space where he shows his collection, THE GENTLEMAN'S BOOMBOX. Davis takes vintage suitcases, steamer trunks, train cases and everything else in-between, installs a set of speakers and an audio input, and offers his creations as unique objects d′art that will remix your boring old sound system. Nobody else will have one exactly like yours, since each is created with salvaged luggage scavenged from around Chicago.
1827 South Halsted Street, Chicago, IL http://artpentry.com/
Chicago’s most influential fashion insider spot. Distinguished as the extended closet of Michelle Obama, the celebrated boutique has couture pieces and cult brands rare to even more renowned shopping destinations, like New York and Los Angeles.
15 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL www.ikram.com
One part rock club, one part restaurant and another part old school record store make up REGGIES. Transformed from an auto repair shop, REGGIES is now home to an ever growing music scene and has been a launching pad for alternative rock pioneers like Alkaline Trio, Gaslight Anthem, Carl Palmer and more.
2105 South State Chicago, IL www.reggieslive.com
Get out of your comfort zone with a whopping 23,000 square feet of climbing terrain located just minutes away in the West Loop. You’ll need to find your moment of Zen after getting fit, so head over to the Active Collaborate Workspace that serves as a communal office and features artwork from local artists.
100 South Morgan St, Chicago, IL www.brooklynboulders.com/chicago
The perfect custom suit is just steps away from W City Center’s doorstep. Peter Field was founded in 2010 on the idea that if a job is worth doing, it’s worth doing right. Unfortunately the clothing and fashion industry have not been doing it right and Peter Field is fueled by a desire to change this. Also available are leather accessories and bowties (if that suits your fancy)
330 S. Wells St. Ste. 1112 Chicago, IL www.peterfieldcustom.com
Headliners such A-Track, The Magician, Tiesto and more won’t pass through Chicago without a stop at The Mid. Exposed brick, hardwood floors and a stunning skyline view from its West Loop location make this club rich yet relaxed.
306 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL www.themidchicago.com
Located next to the Art Institute of Chicago, this 25-acre, art-filled park is a Chicago must-see, thanks to Frank Gehry’s Jay Pritzker Pavilion (in the summertime the Grant Park Orchestra performs free concerts), Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate sculpture, and a variety of other standout works.
201 E. Randolph St, Chicago, IL www.milleniumpark.org