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8 New Reasons to Visit Chicago

Iconic architecture, deep dish pizza and rich history aside, the currents of America's Windy City are changing constantly. We recently scoped out the newest openings, creative concepts and inventive menu items Chicago has to offer:

Stay: Housed in an 1820s bank, the first-ever Virgin Hotel features chambers that separates spaces for sleeping and getting dressed (it's like having a walk-in closet in your hotel room). Among the many thoughtful perks at this Richard Branson pied-à-terre: apps that control room temp while you're away, yoga mats, sliding shoe racks and guest car services featuring a luxury Tesla. Be sure to spend some time in the Shag Room cocktail lounge, where the carpet matches the name. Virgin Hotel Chicago, 203 N Wabash Ave., Chicago, 312-940-4400, virginhotels.com

Dine: At Girl and the Goat on Chi-Town's restaurant row, Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard wows with unique sharing plates, like light and creamy goat liver mousse (if you have any trouble deciding among the menu items, the servers will happily help design a meal based on your personal palate). On the other side of the river, check out Intro's buzzworthy rotating-chef restaurant concept (we hear Aaron Martinez is taking the helm till mid-October). Intro Chicago, 2300 N Lincoln Park W, Chicago, 773-868-0002, introchicago.com