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Why Go Now? Springtime in Chicago. A perfect 4 day getaway. Travel & Leisure rates Chicago among the top five cities in America for cocktail lounges, dining, theater, music, culture, museums and have rated it # 1 for best sports bars (now men have somewhere to go while we shop.) Fun & unexpected public outdoor art,”The Gold Coast” for shopping, the 2nd largest U.S. museum (The Art Institute) a functioning public Transport System and thousands of restaurants from food trucks, pizza, to the famous 5 star molecular wonder Alinea. Let’s not forget the music scene. Grab your partner or girlfriend. Chicago is a blast.
Does being married or single influence Where2Stay? Location, cost, size & child friendly all play a part. Do you want your hotel, hip & modern with sexy dark lounges, a DJ spinning “singles” on the roof? Or do you prefer a quiet, elegant & romantic hotel? Sometimes you might want to “marry” the two which is the hardest to find. You will see an M (married), S (Single), or an MS (married/single) next to each hotel.
Dana Hotel & Spa – This luxury boutique’s motto is “come as you are!” Expect cement walls, bamboo floors, balconies or floor to ceiling windows in the room, Vertico indoor/outdoor rooftop lounge year round. Outdoor firepit in winter. Chicago’s only outdoor ice bar. Value find! (S)
Waldorf Astoria Chicago – Stunning, sophisticated, distinctive, gracious, all describe this property… Romantic, w/plush rooms, the smallest room over 615 sq.ft. (M)
Park Hyatt Chicago – One of the 20 World’s Best Hotels located in the Gold Coast on Magnificent Mile, the PH is a perfect stay for both the business & pleasure traveler. Understated and quietly elegant as in all Park Hyatt Hotels.. With its awesome view rooms, concierges to take care of all your needs (forget a toothbrush it will be brought to you gratis) a top floor restaurant & bar plus outdoor garden to dine in warm weather it’s our favorite choice. (MS)
Where2Dine - Never out of style (Gibson & Chicago Cut for steak, Alinea # 6 in the world, RL totally chic, David Burke Primehouse, Pump Room (transforms into a late night supper club.) Next -purchase tickets to dine & see Girl & the Goat, an Anthony Bourdain fav). Our new W2W picks – Maestro’s – Sweet potatoe fries a must, Tavern on Rush, The Boarding House -brand new – 9000 crystal glasses hanging on the ceiling & Bavette. Best Pizza - totally personal, thin or thick crust? Try Coalfire and Great Lake!
Where2Shop - Imagine 5th Avenue and Rodeo Drive combined. That’s Michigan Avenue aptly called the Magnificent Mile. Check out Tom Ford and YSL both new. Vintage Underground (our find) for jewels, Perchance, LuLu for vintage & Intermix. Don’t forget Oak St.
Where2Dance, Listen & Sip - Drake Hotel for Swing, National 27 for Latin Cuisine – gather your strength for salsa afterwards, Alhambra Palace for salsa, Rumba (tropical heatwave) Checkerboard for Blues & Jazz, Pops for Champagne, lobby at the Peninsula Hotel (live music, perfect venue)
Upcoming events - Chicago Blues Festival June 6-9, Taste of Chicago July 10-14, Summer Dance in Grant Park all summer, Jazz Festival August 29-September 1st. & visit the Field Museum for the Maria Pinto Exhibit thru June 16
We love Chicago!