Disappointments of the Year: Editors' Choice 2020

While we found many hideaways worth recommending this year, several dashed our high hopes. Here are our six biggest disappointments of the year.

Restaurants of the Year: Editors' Choice 2020

Evaluating the world's best hotels is great, but it's just as delightful to test out top restaurants. Of the hundreds we tried, these were the best.

Going Incognito: A Taste of Life as a Travel Editor

Our traveling editors make it a priority to maintain their anonymity, but it's not always easy -- especially if your dinner companion doesn't exactly cooperate.

Where the Magic Happens in Chicago

The Chicago Magic Lounge, a launderette turned stylish cocktail bar and theater, is a worthy stop in the Andersonville neighborhood.

In Chicago, Food Trucks Are Out, Food Halls Are In

City regulations have mostly prohibited food trucks in Chicago. The city has responded by opening numerous indoor food halls. Here are three new ones downtown.

6 Excellent Taprooms in America's Beer Capital

Chicago currently has more breweries than any other city in the U.S., with some 167 in the metro area. Here are six near Ravenswood Avenue that are excellent.

Video: Sophy Hyde Park, a Chicago Hideaway

On a recent trip to Chicago, our editor hoped to find a hideaway that we could recommend. Here is video of the hotel he recommends there: the Sophy Hyde Park.

A Perfect Day In... Chicago's Hyde Park

This daylong itinerary in Chicago's Hyde Park is a fun alternative to downtown, with recommendations of important South Side attractions.

Three Favorite Small Museums in Chicago's Hyde Park

On this visit to Hyde Park, on Chicago's South Side, we skipped over the Museum of Science and Industry and visited three lesser-known gems.

Chicago’s New Hideaway Hotels

Chicago has long lacked a luxurious hideaway hotel. But a number of boutique properties have opened since our last stay, so we returned with high hopes.

Chicago's Best New Restaurants

A few excellent restaurants in Chicago may have closed, but the vacuum is quickly being filled. Here are 8 new additions to the Windy City dining scene.

A Newly Recommended Hotel in Chicago

Determined to find a hideaway in Chicago, our editor booked a trip there. After a few stays in various hotels, only one made the grade: the Sophy Hyde Park.

Letter From the Editor: February 2019

This month we feature two contrasting locations: Transylvania in the heart of Romania, and Chicago, in the heart of the Midwest.

Eat Like a Local: Chicago Steakhouses

There are no fewer than 18 essential steakhouses in Chicago — and each ranges greatly in style. Here are the three that represent the best of the best.

New Chicago Restaurants

Here are two of the most noteworthy Chicago restaurants in the popular restaurant district west of the Loop.

Chicago Athletic Association Hotel: Venetian Gothic on Lake Michigan

I have long admired the Venetian Gothic building, which wouldn’t look out of place along the Grand Canal if it were a few stories shorter.

The Greeks: A Personal Exhibition at the Field Museum

“The Greeks: Agamemnon to Alexander the Great” certainly whetted our appetites for a return trip to Greece.

Restaurants of the Year 2016

Discover Andrew Harper's restaurants of the year, ranging from favorite informal restaurant in the United States to the best hotel restaurant in the world.

Ports of Call: Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, a great city on the water, is known for its sky-scraping architecture, eclectic neighborhoods, midwestern hospitality and formidable winters.

City Guide: Chicago

Enjoy this travel guide to Chicago with tips, recommendations and ideas for where to eat, stay and shop in this enticing city.

Chicago Field Museum Sets a New Standard

The Field Museum ranks high among Chicago’s star attractions, and its new Cyrus Tang Hall of China will only serve to enhance its reputation even greater.

Salvage Shopping in Chicago

Chicago's Grand Avenue Design District holds shops with enticing collections of salvaged architectural elements, antiques and edgy contemporary furniture.

A Fascinating Architecture Cruise Through Chicago

The Chicago Architecture Foundation offers a 90-minute cruise through the heart of downtown, finishing where the river meets the lake by the Navy Pier.

Frank Lloyd Wright Creations in Oak Park, Illinois

Mr. Harper recommends a visit to the near-west Chicago suburb of Oak Park to view the Prairie-style works of Frank Lloyd Wright, like Unity Temple.

Chicago’s Best Jazz Club

Chicago has a thriving jazz and blues scene, anchored by the Jazz Showcase and the House of Blues, but one small club draws Mr. Harper back time and again.

Chicago's Enduring Appeal

A Hideaway Report editor ventures beyond his three favorite Chicago hotels in an attempt to discover a new, fresh luxury property recommendation.

4 Chicago Dining Discoveries

Whenever I return to Chicago, it is always difficult to narrow the list of new restaurants I’d like to try. These four presented memorable meals.

Letter From the Editor, March 2015

This issue contains a pleasurable itinerary through Piedmont and a comprehensive update on one of Mr. Harper's favorite North American cities: Chicago.

Rick Bayless – One Plate at a Time

With six awards from the James Beard Foundation, including National Chef of the Year, Best American Chef: Midwest and Humanitarian of the Year, Rick Bayless – with over 30 years of culinary experience – remains a culinary force to be reckoned with.

Andrew Harper Invited to the Pen Club

We are pleased to announce that Andrew Harper has recently been invited to join the "Pen Club," created by Peninsula Hotels to recognize and reward loyal industry partners.

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