Sunday, February 1, 2015

Men's Insider Guide


Chicago gets crazy this time of the year. Which is why we've teamed up with Nordstrom to help you do it right. Here's the inside tip on Chicago's hottest holiday activities, paired up with the latest style picks from Nordstrom Men's Shop, so you can put together the perfect look for all your holiday plans.

A-List Evening: NYE at Paris Club

Enjoy a premium open bar as you dance the night away to live music from DJ Jerzy.
French fêteLike many celebrities, this velvet roped hangout has dual personalities: a sleek restaurant on the first floor and sexy dance floor on the second.
Nordstrom's Men's Shop makes it easy: A special evening calls for special attire. Upgrade to a velvet blazer with flat-front trousers and a shiny pair of Oxfords. Get it here.
9p-2a. 59 W. Hubbard St., River North (312-595-0800). From $200 here.

Nearby: Hub 51; Untitled; Sable Kitchen + Bar

Spirited Sips: 12 Beers of Christmas
When your advent calendar fails to get you into the holiday spirit, it’s time to turn to the experts: in this case the expert beer buyer at Leopold.
Better brews: The 12 beers of Christmas shy away from canned classics and turn to imports from Belgium (mirroring their upscale food) including Brouwerij St. Bernardus Christmas Ale.
Nordstrom Men's Shop makes it easy: Keep things classy with slim fit corduroys. Pair 'em with this paisley blazer, perfect for drinking with out-of-towners or wowing your girlfriend. Get it here.
Through Dec 31.1450 W. Chicago Ave., Ukrainian Village (312-346-1028). Nearby: West Town Tavern; Beauty Bar; Flo

Sultry Santa: Holiday Sing Along
Wonder if Santa Claus is a smooth bass or a tenacious tenor? Find out at the holiday sing-along at Music Box Theatre.
How it works: Santa leads viewers in sing-along versions of Christmas carols alongside 
classics It’s a Wonderful Life and White Christmas (among others) on the big screen. Correct, those are not musicals.

Nordstrom Men's Shop makes it easy: With the holiday season in full swing, ‘tis the season to dress your best. This Lubaim blazer and V-neck sweater vest combo is as polished as it is easy to put together. Get it here.

Thru Dec. 24. 3733 N. Southport Ave., Lakeview (773-871-6607). $12. Nearby: Uncommon Ground; Northdown; Guthrie’s

Beer Stein Me: 

She wants strudel, mulled wine, and Schnitzel and she wants it with a few hundred tourists.
No one chooses to go to Christkindlmarket. Instead, they're dragged there to fulfill an obligation to holiday festiveness or to go gift shopping for the girlfriend’s parents.
Take hold of your destiny, and a boot filled with beer, in Daley Plaza, in the market that runs though Christmas.

Nordstrom Men's Shop makes it easy: Keep it casual in easy layers from Ted Baker London an twill pants from Earnest Sewn. Get it here.

Daley Plaza, between Dearborn, Washington and Clark St. The Loop (312-494-2175) Free. Nearby: Do-Rite Donuts; Lockwood; South Water Kitchen

Ice, Elevated: 
Skating in the Sky

It’s not every day you strap on a pair of skates. Lace-up 1000 feet up, at the rink on the 94th floor of the Hancock Observatory.
The added elevation does not hinder wipeouts, and distressed denim slacks don’t protect from bruises, but at least you will go down in style.
Spending more crawling than gliding? Trade in the wannabe-winter-Olympian tricks for a treat such as the Skyy High cocktail in the café.

Nordstrom Men's Shop makes it easy:  Pair this not-your-Dad's Christmas sweater from Nudie with a Pendleton plaid shirt and J Brand jeans to stay warm and toasty while you're on the ice. Get it here.

Jan 1-Apr 8. 875 N. Michigan Ave., Mag Mile (312-751-3681). $22.50. Nearby: Bar Toma; Drumbar; The Signature Room

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