Daytripper: The Magnificent Mile

Chicago’s Michigan Avenue is best known as a shopping destination. The stretch of Michigan Avenue north of the Chicago River is known as the Magnificent Mile. Indeed, great shopping can be found on this famous street – and so much more to delight tourists, suburbanites and city dwellers alike! Dylan’s Candy Bar and Ghirardelli Right […]

Gucci Gives Back

Started in Florence in 1921, this venerable brand is now led by Creative Director Frida Giannini, who combines the heritage of luxury craftsmanship with a modern design and flair.   She has worked with Madonna, Jennifer Lopez and Rihanna to raise funds for UNICEF. “This year’s ‘Gucci for UNICEF’ campaign will help to provide thousands […]

Vosges Haut-Chocolat Gives Back

After traveling to the world’s culinary hotspots post-college, including studying in Paris at Le Cordon Bleu and apprenticing with Ferran Adria at El Bulli, Katrina Markoff came to Chicago and opened Vosges Haut-Chocolat.   Her luxury chocolates use indigenous spices, flowers, roots and herbs to create her unique flavor combinations. Keeping with her philosophy of […]

Coach Gives Back

Established in 1941 as a family-run artisanal producer of fine leather goods, the company has grown to more than 500 corporate-owned stores in North America, plus a sizable international presence.   The company’s headquarters are still in the original Manhattan loft that used to house the workrooms, and their success is based on interpreting classic […]

Bistronomic: Perfect Stop on the Mag Mile

Bistronomic is the new restaurant by Chef Martial Noguier, of Café des Architects and one sixty blue fame. It’s a modern space with comfortable chairs, dark wood tables and booths and, at peak times, a challenging noise level. It’s also contemporary bistro food, unfussy and mighty tasty. Share it or hoard it for yourself, there […]

A Cop's Guide to Michigan Avenue

You sprint down Michigan Avenue, dodging wheelie totes, tourists and toddlers. The race is on. It’s you against the officer in blue, both of you aiming for your car with 1 minute left before rush-hour parking enforcement goes into effect. Panting and near collapse, you reach your car—only to find a flash of orange on […]