American Girl Place
John Hancock Center
Get high in Chicago's third-tallest skyscraper. In many ways the view here surpasses the one at Willis Tower. The 94th-floor observatory...
The 154ft-tall, turreted tower is a defining city icon: it was the sole downtown survivor of the 1871 Great Chicago Fire, along with the...
Lookingglass Theatre Company
This well-regarded troupe works in a nifty theater hewn from the old Water Works building. The ensemble cast – which includes cofounder...
‘Call it a restaurant. Call it an eatery. Just don’t call it a food court!’ demands the mantra of Foodlife – a place with a dozen...
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Lonely Planet review
This is not your mother’s doll shop; it’s an experience . Here, dolls are treated as real people: the ‘hospital’ carts them away in wheelchairs for repairs; the cafe seats the dolls as part of the family during tea service; and the dolls’ owners – usually outfitted in matching threads, naturally – take classes with their little pals.
Creepy? Maybe a little, but the fact that the average shopper’s visit lasts three hours is a testament to the immersive environment. There are outlets in many cities now, but this flagship remains the largest and busiest.