City Guides: Metropolis Edition

At The Muse, we have created a short list of new and notable places to help you navigate where to eat, shop, unwind, and sleep. Highlighting our neighborhood as well as our home away from home, we’re tracking down the very best in what Toronto and Chicago have to offer.


The One Group has announced the opening of its highly popular, vibe-driven steakhouse, STK in Toronto. The interior blends a modern dining space with a vibrant and chic lounge. Found in the posh Yorkville neighborhood, STK sets itself apart from other steakhouses with its dynamic dining experience, quality food, and impeccable service. Expect cuisine inspired by classic American dishes, reimagined to include options like Wagyu beef burgers, lobster mac and cheese, parmesan truffle fries, and most notably, high quality steak. With its sleek and sophisticated design, sizzling dishes, and lively ambience, STK provides an exceptional experience. The restaurant officially opened in late September and is now taking reservations.


Dark and discreet, Chicago’s The Violet Hour, which opened in 2007, is a luxuriously appointed retreat from the windy city streets. The no-reservation bar is accessed through an ever-changing mural with a singular lightbulb designating its entrance. The Violet Hour comes complete with crystal chandeliers, high-backed leather chairs and a marble bar top spanning the length of the room. Aside from the delicious drinks and skilled barkeeps, it’s the small details that matter here. Like The Violet Hour House Rules. To paraphrase, no cellphone use, proper attire, no light beer, no cosmopolitans, and finally – don’t bring anyone you wouldn’t invite to mother’s Sunday dinner. The warm and knowledgeable staff, along with classic cocktails and pre-prohibition style libations, make The Violet Hour a sought-after spirit house.


Whether browsing luggage for business or leisure travel, a shopping destination must-see is Kaehler Luggage in Chicago. With a signature location on Michigan Ave., Kaehler has been supplying luxury luggage and travel accessories since 1920, leading the industry in high quality travel products. Offering the highest standard of customer service, well-versed sales associates help travelers navigate through exceptional luggage, fine leather goods, and the most leading-edge travel accessories. With six locations, Kaehler Luggage is stating its claim as the destination to complete your travel needs.


A 55-story tower located in high-fashion Yorkville and overlooking The Royal Ontario Museum, the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto is Canada’s premier luxury hotel. Situated on the 21st floor, the 2,500+ square-foot Royal Suite is a favorite for its dramatically long living room, presenting floor to ceiling windows and corner city views. Need to unwind? The 9th floor houses a sun-filled urban luxury spa retreat. Relax and rejuvenate in the 30,000 square feet state-of-the-art spa which includes; steam room, personal grooming amenities, salon, fitness center, and large lap pool. Guests can enjoy the comforts of shopping provided by the hotel’s luxury boutique, as well as sensational cuisine by international chef and restaurateur Daniel Boulud at Café Boulud and d|bar.