The latest from Michigan Avenue editor in chief JP Anderson.
With the always-chic Friends of Conservation president, Reute Butler, at our party celebrating Van Cleef & Arpels’s relaunched Cadenas watch at the fne jewelry house’s Michigan Avenue boutique.
I’m the king of the long weekend. After years spent as a travel writer on deadline hopscotching across Europe and the Caribbean, it’s my forte: I dive into the research, digging up a destination’s must-see insider spots and the hottest, buzziest museums and restaurants, and enjoy a rapid-fire journey while experiencing the place like a local. Friends who can keep up with me on one of these jaunts know the rules: Sit back, let me take the reins, and adventure is sure to follow.
It’s a way of traveling that’s perfectly in sync with today’s fast-paced world. With that (and the kickoff of winter travel season) in mind, in this issue we present a weekend’s worth of expertly curated itineraries for nine of the most exciting cities in the US. From Grammy-inspired encounters in LA to the ultimate in New York luxury—not to mention the eight things every Chicagoan needs to do in the city this season—it’s a must-read, go-to guide for fellow weekend travel warriors.
There are certainly plenty of reasons to stick around the Windy City this winter as well: sure-to-be-sold-out stage productions like Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and the Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival; the last performances of the Joffrey Ballet’s legendary The Nutcracker before its reinvention by world-renowned choreographer Christopher Wheeldon in 2016; culinary excitement from Latin concepts like Latinicity and The Flamingo Rum Club; and the anticipation of the city’s first major New Year’s Eve extravaganza, Chi-Town Rising. Whether you spend your winter weekends at home or away, it’s shaping up to be a season with adventures like no other.