From Dining To Self-Care, Here's What Has Chicago Buzzing

By Alyse Greenbaum | August 26, 2020 | Lifestyle National

From entertainment and beauty to dining and beyond, 4 must-do Chicago experiences.


The West Loop welcomes Bartucci Beauty, an ultramodern oasis of a salon combining luxury, fashion and hospitality. With an open courtyard and deck seating area, guests are ushered into a finely curated space inspired by the global travels and fashion and hair industry experience of co-owners Joseph and Erin Bartucci. 327 N. Aberdeen St., Ste. 100


Just released by Kartemquin Films, documentary Unapologetic follows the journey of two young abolitionist organizers, Janaé and Bella, as they seek justice for the lives of Rekia Boyd and Laquan McDonald, both killed by Chicago police. Director-producer Ashley O’Shay and producer Morgan Elise Johnson capture the voices of female leaders fighting for racial justice. “What is so captivating to witness,” O’Shay says, “is the tapestry of this Black queer feminist movement that lies at the helm of fighting for all Black rights.”


One of the city’s most anticipated restaurant reopenings, Michelin-starred Yūgen returns with an eight-course tasting menu crafted by executive chef Mari Katsumura, which showcases toasted rice chawanmushi, Norwegian fjord trout and Rohan duck. In addition to indoor dining, Yūgen also introduces two dining options: Kaisho Tiki Takeover and Kaisho Grab & Go. The Tiki Takeover patio space brings tropical flair with burgers and kushiyaki kabobs, while the Grab & Go offers Japanese crustless sandwiches and build-your-own mentaiko carbonara or ramen bowls. 652 W. Randolph St.

E11938intpress.jpgFélix Edouard Vallotton’s “The Red Room, Etretat” (1899)


As one of the most renowned art museums in the world, the Art Institute of Chicago reopens its doors, welcoming exhibits ranging from Byzantine icon paintings by El Greco to Mozambique modern art by Malangatana. This fall, works from the Bauhaus movement are shown alongside paintings, prints and pastels in an 1890s impressionism installation entitled Intimate Modernity (through Nov. 22). 111 S. Michigan Ave.

Photography by: From top, photos: by Manuel Xabier; by Fox & Harrison; by Ashley O’Shay; bequest of Mrs. Clive Runnells, courtesy of Art Institute Chicago