Here’s what should be on your to-do list this month.
Raise a glass at Tree House, River North’s latest new dining hot spot.
Escape to another world at Tree House, Third Coast Hospitality Group’s newest concept. The restaurant, which recently opened in River North, acts as a nature-inspired experience that beckons young professionals and families with dishes steeped in modern Italian and comfort concepts. Order Detroit-style pizza for a crispy pie with a cheesy center, or opt for a pasta dish like rigatoni in a house vodka sauce with crispy prosciutto and sprinkled with Parmigiano-Reggiano. Wash it down with the Mango Mezcal or Pink Pigeon Paloma. 149 W. Kinzie St., treehousechicago.com
The exterior of the Chicago Architecture Center
The Chicago Architecture Center has fully reopened, and we couldn’t be more excited. The nonprofit, which focuses on tours, exhibits, programs and events, kicked off its season with COVID-19 safety policies in mind—starting with walking tours of Chinatown, Hyde Park and more. This month, go see new exhibits in The Drake Family Skyscraper Gallery and the Chicago Gallery, featuring seven new scale models of towers from Bangkok, Chicago, New York, Taipei and Tianjin, as well as 30 new models of anticipated buildings in the area. Also not to miss, the virtual Architect Talk: Lawrence Scarpa in Conversation With Planning Commissioner Maurice Cox June 3. 111 E. Wacker Drive, architecture.org
Take it back to the Roaring ’20s. What do you think of? Flapper dresses, prosperity and speakeasies. Now, locals can experience that celebratory atmosphere at The Press Room as it transforms into a new speakeasy concept, open for candlelit dinner and cocktails every Wednesday through Saturday. Think twists on the classics like French 75, Negronis and black Manhattans sipped over oysters, burrata, steak tartare and charcuterie boards. Not to miss this month: two cabaret shows June 13 and 20. 1134 W. Washington Blvd., pressroomchicago.com
Frida Kahlo, “Self-Portrait with Small Monkey” (1945, oil on Masonite), Collection Museo Dolores Olmedo, Xochimilco, Mexico
“They thought I was a surrealist, but I wasn’t. I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality,” Frida Kahlo once said. Explore the iconic Mexican painter’s work at the Cleve Carney Museum of Art and the McAninch Arts Center at the College of DuPage this month with new exhibit Frida Kahlo: Timeless. Opening June 5, the exhibition is a one-of-a-kind retrospective including 26 pieces on loan from the Museo Dolores Olmedo, and features an array of oil paintings and paper works from Kahlo’s career. 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn, frida2021.org
Pristine views of Lake Michigan make any suite at Sable at Navy Pier lustworthy.
Sweeping views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline await at Sable at Navy Pier—Curio Collection by Hilton’s 100th-property milestone. Located atop Navy Pier, this is the first hotel to break ground on the historic landmark and was developed by Maverick Hotels. Check into one of its 223 guest rooms and suites, which boast brass finishes, ship building materials and neutral colors to hone in on a nautical theme, before heading to the world’s largest rooftop bar, Offshore, next door for cocktails and bites. hilton.com; sablehotel.com
Some benefits of using an infrared sauna include clearer and tighter skin, improved circulation and relaxation
The ultimate form of self-care: a magnesium body wrap followed by lymphatic drainage massage—and it’s exclusively available in the area at Freeze & Float Spa. What exactly is the treatment? A two-hour total-body detoxification that includes a magnesium scrub, charcoal wrap application, 30 minutes in the infrared sauna and lymphatic massage. Oh—and did we mention that it’s celebrity approved with the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Victoria Beckham, Sofía Vergara and Miranda Kerr as fans? Count us in. 371 W. Ontario St., freezefloatspa.com
Photography by: BY RACHEL BIRES; COURTESY OF CAC; COURTESY OF 2020 BANCO DE MÉXICO DIEGO RIVERA FRIDA KAHLO MUSEUMS TRUST, MEXICO, D.F./ARTISTS RIGHTS SOCIETY (ARS), NEW YORK; COURTESY OF MIKE SCHWARTZ PHOTOGRAPHY; BY NIKKO SALGADO