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4 Chicago Hot Spots You Must Experience Now

By Elisabeth Brigham, Fiona Good-Sirota and Melanie Medrano | November 17, 2020 | Lifestyle

Discover what to see, where to eat and how to perfect the art of self-care in the city.

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TASTE

Newly reopened Sushi Suite 202 embodies a modern-day speakeasy right inside Hotel Lincoln with its exclusive cocktail bar, lounge area and 17-course omakase experience. For an individually catered tasting menu, order The Bartenders Special or the chef-recommended Flight to Heaven. “We want to tell a story about the ocean,” chef Jordan Dominguez says of the sustainably sourced fish that pepper the courses. Plus, he adds, the restaurant is keen to highlight local and seasonal produce. 1816 N. Clark St.

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SEE

November is here, and with it comes the return of Lightscape at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Sparkling lights guide the way through this after-dark event dotted with installations by local and international artists, such as “Cathedral of Light” (shown at right), along newly debuted trails that have been modified to keep visitors safe and socially distanced. “We brought joy and happiness to so many people last year,” says Harriet Resnick, vice president of visitor experience and business development. “The fact that Lightscape is an outdoor event allows people to feel safe bringing their families to enjoy the season. So many people need something uplifting right now, and we can be that for them.” 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe

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PAMPER

Prepare for the holidays with all the self-care options at eagerly awaited wellness destination BIÂN in River North. Set to open in November, the private health club delivers a membership with services including a personalized wellness plan, which customizes your diet layout and workout regimen and is accompanied by one-on-one instruction and acupuncture treatments. Plus, there’s an additional medical membership for annual physicals, 24/7 acute and primary care, and body diagnostics. 600 W. Chicago Ave., Ste. 001

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EXPERIENCE

Margaret Atwood, distinguished author of The Handmaid’s Tale, debuts her new book of poems, Dearly, in the U.S. via livestream Q&A hosted by the Chicago Humanities Festival. In partnership with Women & Children First bookstore, CHF presents a conversation with Atwood and CHF Marilynn Thoma Artistic Director Alison Cuddy on the author’s eagerly awaited return to the medium that sparked her career. Each digital ticket will include a signed copy of Dearly. Nov. 8, 6PM



Photography by: From top, photos: courtesy of Hotel Lincoln; courtesy of Chicago Botanic Garden; by Studio K Creative; courtesy of publisher