Caroline Patek

Correspondent

  • New York City, NY, USA

Caroline Patek is a correspondent who lives in New York and covers the area for Forbes Travel Guide. The Georgetown University graduate worked in the editorial departments at National Geographic Kids and Washington Life Magazine and in digital media at Discovery Channel. Patek has traveled around the globe, and her favorite spots are Istanbul, Tokyo and Paris.

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  • On February 22, 2013
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    Where is the best Chicago nightlife?

    The great thing about Chicago nightlife is that there's something for everyone, whether you're in the mood for a sleek lounge, a college bar or a hipster hangout. Sprinkling in a bit of everything, here are some of my top picks:



    Hubbard Street is a downtown stretch that is the epitome of where you'll want to "see and be seen." While you may wait in line for an hour to gain entrance into the area's many lounges and bars, spots such as Studio Paris, Epic, Social 25 and Mercer 113 won't disappoint when it comes to people-waching. Expect fabulously-clad crowds sipping pricey cocktails and DJs spinning tunes into the wee hours of the morning. 

    Head to Lincoln Park, home to DePaul University, to find your resident college bars. Joints such as John Barleycorn, Glascott's and Zella are frequented by the younger set, but a fun time nonetheless.

    

For a less mainstream night, try Wicker Park or Bucktown. The Bedford is a relatively-new spot, having been converted into a restaurant and bar from an old bank. And yes, the bank vault is still very-much in tact. Order one of the popular punch bowls — my personal favorite is La Paloma Punch.
  • On February 22, 2013
    Caroline Patek answered the question: Caroline Patek

    Where is the best Chicago nightlife?

    The great thing about Chicago nightlife is that there's something for everyone, whether you're in the mood for a sleek lounge, a college bar or a hipster hangout. Sprinkling in a bit of everything, here are some of my top picks:



    Hubbard Street is a downtown stretch that is the epitome of where you'll want to "see and be seen." While you may wait in line for an hour to gain entrance into the area's many lounges and bars, spots such as Studio Paris, Epic, Social 25 and Mercer 113 won't disappoint when it comes to people-waching. Expect fabulously-clad crowds sipping pricey cocktails and DJs spinning tunes into the wee hours of the morning. When it comes to Studio Paris: As another young hotshot type—Jerrod Melman, who owns Studio Paris with his brother, R. J.—told me, a reserved table with bottle service is the only guaranteed path to entry. “You can take your chances, come earlier, and see if there’s a seat available, but if you want a drink later at night . . .” He shrugged. Bottle service. Judging by a recent Saturday, there are plenty of night-lifers willing to pay.

    Head to Lincoln Park, home to DePaul University, to find your resident college bars. Joints such as John Barleycorn, Glascott's and Zella are frequented by the younger set, but a fun time nonetheless.

    

For a less mainstream night, try Wicker Park or Bucktown. The Bedford is a relatively-new spot, having been converted into a restaurant and bar from an old bank. And yes, the bank vault is still very-much in tact. Order one of the popular punch bowls — my personal favorite is La Paloma Punch.
  • On February 22, 2013
    Caroline Patek answered the question: Caroline Patek

    Where is the best Chicago nightlife?

    The great thing about Chicago nightlife is that there's something for everyone, whether you're in the mood for a sleek lounge, a college bar or a hipster hangout. Sprinkling in a bit of everything, here are some of my top picks:

    Hubbard Street is a downtown stretch that is the epitome of where you'll want to "see and be seen." While you may wait in line for an hour to gain entrance into the area's many lounges and bars, spots such as Studio Paris, Epic, Social 25 and Mercer 113 won't disappoint when it comes to people-waching. Expect fabulously-clad crowds sipping pricey cocktails and DJs spinning tunes into the wee hours of the morning. When it comes to Studio Paris: As another young hotshot type—Jerrod Melman, who owns Studio Paris with his brother, R. J.—told me, a reserved table with bottle service is the only guaranteed path to entry. “You can take your chances, come earlier, and see if there’s a seat available, but if you want a drink later at night . . .”

    Head to Lincoln Park, home to DePaul University, to find your resident college bars. Joints such as John Barleycorn, Glascott's and Zella are frequented by the younger set, but a fun time nonetheless.

    For a less mainstream night, try Wicker Park or Bucktown. The Bedford is a relatively-new spot, having been converted into a restaurant and bar from an old bank. And yes, the bank vault is still very-much in tact. Order one of the popular punch bowls — my personal favorite is La Paloma Punch.
  • On February 21, 2013
    Caroline Patek answered the question: Caroline Patek

    Where is the best Chicago nightlife?

    The great thing about Chicago nightlife is that there's something for everyone, whether you're in the mood for a sleek lounge, a college bar or a hipster hangout. Sprinkling in a bit of everything, here are some of my top picks: 

    Hubbard Street is a downtown stretch that is the epitome of where you'll want to "see and be seen." While you may wait in line for an hour to gain entrance into the area's many lounges and bars, spots such as Studio Paris, Epic, Social 25 and Mercer 113 won't disappoint when it comes to people-waching. Expect fabulously-clad crowds sipping pricey cocktails and DJs spinning tunes into the wee hours of the morning. When it comes to Studio Paris: As another young hotshot type—Jerrod Melman, who owns Studio Paris with his brother, R. J.—told me, a reserved table with bottle service is the only guaranteed path to entry. “You can take your chances, come earlier, and see if there’s a seat available, but if you want a drink later at night . . .” 

    Head to Lincoln Park, home to DePaul University, to find your resident college bars. Joints such as John Barleycorn, Glascott's and Zella are frequented by the younger set, but a fun time nonetheless. 

    For a less mainstream night, try Wicker Park or Bucktown. The Bedford is a relatively-new spot, having been converted into a restaurant and bar from an old bank. And yes, the bank vault is still very-much in tact. Order one of the popular punch bowls — my personal favorite is La Paloma Punch. 



  • On February 15, 2013
    Caroline Patek answered the question: Caroline Patek

    What are the best things to do during South by Southwest Interactive?

    The film and multimedia (now known as interactive) aspect was originally added in 1994, but then split into two events in 1995 — both of which continue to grow enormously, attracting between 15,000 and 20,000 registrants each year. 

    During the five-day interactive event, you’ll find a slew of activities geared toward showcasing new and innovative technology in the marketplace. The festival’s Startup Village — now part of both the film and music festivals — draws everyone from investors to entrepreneurs to share and discuss new digital products, and the Accelerator competition is popular with startups in the technology fields of entertainment, mobile, health, news and more. The Gaming Expo is a must-see, and features a variety of hands-on demos and professional gaming tournaments. You can also expect an interesting presentation from Al Gore, who will return to SXSW this year to talk about his new book, The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change.

    Don’t miss: SXSW Interactive Awards. Catch the ceremony at the Hilton Austin Downtown, where actress and comedian Aisha Tyler will serve as emcee. It’s open to all SXSW Interactive, Gold and Platinum registrants. March 12, 6 p.m.
  • On February 15, 2013
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    What are the best places to stay for South by Southwest?

    At this late date, luxury spots like Four Seasons Hotel Austin and the historic Driskill Hotel — and the majority of others in Austin — are completely booked during SXSW, so if you want to stay overnight, you’re going to have to book a room outside of town. San Antonio is your best bet, and it’s just over an hour away. Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Mokara Hotel & Spa is a great respite from the crowds at SXSW — it’s located right on the River Walk and blocks from the Alamo. You can also check in to the Tuscan-inspired Eilan Hotel Resort & Spa. It’s the city’s newest hotel and a nice place to unwind after a long day of concerts and events in Austin.
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