Chicago rang in the New Year with new openings and events throughout the city, from award-winning performances and exhibits, to world-class restaurants and thrilling festivals.
Chicago, the Tony Award-winning musical, premiered in Chicago at the Bank of America Theater on Feb. 25, while Peter and the Starcatcher, a grown-up’s prequel to Peter Pan, is scheduled to show on April 2. Other musicals that are making their appearance in Chicago this year include Motown The Musical, The Last Ship and The Newsies.
In addition, hotels are creating a fresh appearance in the Chicago streets for 2014. The Godfrey Hotel Chicago stands 16-stories tall and offers 189 rooms. Plus, guests can take advantage of a 10,000-square-foot rooftop bar, IO Urban Roofscape.
Set to open this spring, Hotel Indigo is a 145-room hotel located just north of Millennium Park. It offers state-of-the-art- accommodation space, a rooftop bar and an 8,000-square-foot, multilevel restaurant. A number of other hotels are set for their grand opening in 2014 including The Kinzie Hotel, Virgin Hotel Chicago, and SOHO House Hotel.
Chicago also has an assortment of exhibits to offer this year. From the Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary at The Art Institute of Chicago to The Machine Inside: Biomechanics at The Field Museum, residents and visitors can take advantage of an award-winning exhibit during their time in Chicago. Plus, The Museum of Contemporary Art is offering other exhibits, Unbound: Contemporary Art After Frida Kahlo and David Bowie Is, later in the year.
Chicago’s dining scene is constantly changing with new restaurants and bars. A few opening their doors in 2014 include SOHO House restaurants, Momotaro, Tony Mantuano’s new concept and Hotel Indigo restaurant.
For a few days each month, Chicago resident and visitors have the opportunity to participate in the local events and festivals. For instance, the Chicago Quarter Marathon on April 5 is the city’s only 6.55-mile run and brings a unique running experience, while the ITU World Triathlon Series set for June 27-29, attracts the world’s top triathletes to the city. In addition, Chicago Fire Festival set for Oct. 3-4 celebrates Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods and spirit of renewal.