Multiple airlines offer nonstop flights from all three Washington-area airports to Chicago.
20 W. Kinzie St.
Recently renovated and reopened, with 215 contemporary rooms, a bar and a fitness center in the happening downtown River North area. Rooms from $189.
Palmer House Hilton
17 E. Monroe St.
Centrally located Chicago landmark with 1,641 rooms, a Beaux-Arts lobby, restaurant, spa and fitness center. Rooms from $139.
1227 W. 18th St.
Wear your beret, or your baseball cap, for daily specials like “Kentucky-fried quail, foie gras cornbread, red beans, country gravy, pickled okra.” Entrees start at $13.
2119 S. Halsted St.
Award-winning seasonal locavore food and a terrific wine list. Entrees start at $16.
1515 W. 18th St.
Classic and colorful Mexican comfort food like barbacoa and flour tortillas. Entrees start around $6.
National Museum of Mexican Art
1852 W. 19th St.
Showcasing Mexican and Mexican American art and culture, with more than 7,500 pieces in the permanent collection. Rotating special exhibits. Free.
960 W. 18th St.
The airy “Art Lab” room at Simone’s Bar (and grill) sports former chem lab tables, plus always-fresh, ever-changing artwork. Bike-sharing station just outside.
2nd Fridays Gallery Night
1821 S. Halsted (information center)
Pilsen galleries, art studios and small businesses stay open 6-10 p.m. on the second Friday of each month.
1807 S. Allport St.
Newly restored and refitted concert venue in an opulent former Bohemian dance hall first opened in 1892. Cool concerts for all ages.