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Stay inspired, stay safe.

Despite shut downs, safety regulations and just a general feeling that anything fun has been cancelled this year, we are here to remind you that there’s still plenty to see and do. One of the best things about living in the city of Chicago is its limitless access to state-of-the-art design and architectural landmarks. If you are looking for some cultural stimulation in the Windy City or just a new design-focused spot to check out this weekend, here are some of our favorite social-distanced spots away from the crowds.

3 Arts Club Cafe

This gorgeous eatery and wine bar located inside the famed Restoration Hardware atrium feels like a hidden gem within the city. 3 Arts Club Cafe is a curated combination of a contemporary industrial aesthetic and classic courtyard architecture. Featuring crystal chandeliers and a fountain centerpiece, this unique hideout feels like a lush, romantic and intimate architectural treat. 

Now open, following social distancing guidelines and advanced sanitation procedures.

Volume Gallery

Volume Gallery is a creative hub for contemporary art and design located in the heart of West Town. The gallery focuses on the work of talented American designers, bringing it to local, national, and international audiences.

Volume Gallery is a perfect way to discover new names in architecture and design while supporting your local artistic community. 

The gallery  is currently open for visitors; all guests are subject to temperature checks, a mandatory mask-on order and social distancing procedures.  Check for upcoming exhibitions on

Hoxton Hotel

Last year’s addition to Chicago nightlife and just an inspiring architectural site, Hoxton Hotel is ideal for those who favor a mid-century modern aesthetic. 

This instant millennial hit of a hotel has a lot more to offer than great online content. Featuring four separate dining spaces, glamorous rooftop, and ingenious interior design that will spark curiosity and creativity  in anyone, the Hoxton is a must on our list. 

Dining spaces are open with limited capacity, following social distancing guidelines and mandatory mask-on requirements.

MCA - SOAR Farmers Market

Surely the Museum of Contemporary Art will not be new on your list but this year there are some changes and definitely some advantages to revisiting this old classic. In 2020 the MCA is completely free for all guests and open exclusively on the weekends. Most of the exhibitions scheduled for this year are still going strong so check online for the latest updates and added safety precautions. 

The MCA is also holding an outdoor SOAR Farmers Market every Tuesday morning  until the end of the summer, it’s a great way to support local farmers and vendors while enjoying a beautiful museum courtyard and fresh local produce.

Hyde Park Architectural Tour

Hyde Park and its nearing neighborhoods have some of the best architecture in the city. A great way to see its best landmarks is a walking architectural tour, starting at the stunning Rockefeller Memorial Chapel and ending at the famous Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House. A perfect way to spend some quality time outdoors and educate yourself on Hyde Park’s architectural history. 

Tours are subject to all the latest safety guidelines and are free for CAC members.

We hope you have as much fun discovering these as we have. Enjoy yourself and don’t forget your mask!


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