Waldorf Astoria Chicago – Illinois, United States
Located in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighbourhood, the prestigious AAA Five Diamond award-winning Waldorf Astoria Chicago routinely tops the list for Chicago’s best uberluxury hotel. It models itself on 1920s Parisian glamour and, we gotta say, it delivers.
Rooms are large – they have to be, to hold the fireplaces, the bars, the marble soaking tubs, the beds with 460-thread-count sheets and the fully wired work spaces and other techno gadgets.
There’s a fancy gym with a lap pool, a high-rolling bar and a couple of spiffy restaurants.
Situated in the stylish Gold Coast neighborhood of downtown Chicago, Waldorf Astoria Chicago offers easy access to all the city has to offer.
The hotel also offers:
• Waldorf Astoria Spa & Health Club with indoor pool, fitness center, and customized treatments
• Two Michael Mina Signature Restaurants: Petit Margeaux and Margeaux Brasserie
• Complimentary WiFi throughout the hotel
A stunning setting for meetings, weddings, and events, Waldorf Astoria Chicago features a 2,294 sq. ft. ballroom and eight meeting rooms.
For the ultimate experience, select one of the private dining rooms and allow the experienced meeting and event staff to customize menus to suit your occasion and tastes.
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Chicago, Illinois, United States
Steely skyscrapers, top chefs, rocking festivals – the Windy City will blow you away with its low-key cultured awesomeness.
Chicago is a maniacal sports town, with a pro team for every season (two teams, in baseball’s case). Watching a game is a local rite of passage, whether you slather on the blue-and-orange body paint for a Bears football game, join the raucous baseball crowd in Wrigley Field’s bleachers, or plop down on a bar stool at the neighborhood tavern for whatever match is on TV. Count on making lots of spirited new friends. Should the excitement rub off and inspire you to get active yourself, the city’s 26 beaches and 580 parks offer a huge array of play options.
Loosen your belt – you’ve got a lot of eating to do. On the menu: peanut-butter-and-banana-topped waffles for breakfast (at Stephanie Izard’s Little Goat), a chicken, apple and cranberry hot dog for lunch (at Hot G Dog), and 20 courses of centrifuged, encapsulated molecular gastronomy for dinner (at Grant Achatz’ Alinea). You can also chow down on a superb range of ethnic eats from Vietnamese pho to Mexican carnitas, Polish pierogi and Macanese fat rice. Still hungry? Order a late-night deep-dish pizza.
Art & Architecture
It’s hard to know what to gawp at first. High-flying architecture is everywhere, from the stratospheric, glass-floored Willis Tower to Frank Gehry’s swooping silver Pritzker Pavilion to Frank Lloyd Wright’s stained-glass Robie House. Whimsical public art studs the streets; you might be walking along and wham, there’s an abstract Picasso statue that’s not only cool to look at, but you’re allowed to go right up and climb on it. For art museums, take your pick: impressionist masterpieces at the massive Art Institute, psychedelic paintings at the mid-sized Museum of Mexican Art or outsider drawings at the small Intuit gallery.
Chicago knows how to rock a festival. Between March and September it throws around 200 shindigs. The specialty is music. Blues Fest brings half a million people to Millennium Park to hear guitar notes slide and bass lines roll, all for free. During the four-day Lollapalooza mega-party, rock bands thrash while the audience dances in an arm-flailing frenzy. Smaller, barbecue-scented street fests take place in the neighborhoods each weekend – though some rival downtown for star power on their stages (oh, hey, Olivia Newton-John at Northalsted Market Days).