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Luxe City Guide: Chicago

Feb 2, 2008
Since Frank Sinatra sang that Chicago his kind of town, we felt that you also may find it too your liking. Chicago is the largest city of the entire Midwest. New York Done Right is a breezy nickname for the city that does not receive quite the mileage as some of its other more recognizable globally recognized nicknames. But it is a favorite of the locals that could get a visitor a free beer from a friendly bartender. Although it is among the most frequently traveled area by business professionals, it holds its own when it comes to being a vibrant town with plenty of places to see and things to do. Chicago, the best city of Midwest, is the Luxe City Guides next stop!

Luxury Hotels in Chicago

The Peninsula is nothing short of stupendous for its luxury accommodations and all-encompassing guest services. It also is just minutes from Chicagos finest sights and venues. There are four dining options onsite, a 15,000 square-foot full-service spa, and most of Chicagos must-sees are within walking distance from the Peninsulas lobby. Cultured hospitality is served up liberally throughout the establishment. The Far East-themed luxury hotel is a Midwest favorite. The Amalfi Hotel Chicago also has great proximity to the Miracle Mile as well as the Loop, the Merchandise Mart, and Michigan Avenue. Many patrons find the esoteric ambiance a refreshing change of pace from the status quo. The decorum is soothing and upbeat. Amalfis concierge service is provided by personal experience designers. The Sofitel Chicago Water Tower is a 32-story high-rise hotel of glass and steel offers. It, too, is located nearby many of the Windy Citys favorite venues.

Best Restaurants in Chicago

Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse serves up large entrees and is renowned for its 10-ounce earth-moving martinis. Aside from succulent USDA prime beef selections, the menu also includes fresh seafood dishes, various sides, and great desserts. Gibsons has a restaurant in both Rosemont and Chicago. The North Pond is located at the edge of a pond in Lincoln Park that grants patrons a breathtaking view of the city. A glass-enclosed patio that provides access year round. The menu is Midwest seasonal, offering up specialties such as rabbit and scallops dishes. The wine cellar has an impressive number of boutique wines available. Chef Kevin Shikami is the owner of Kevin . The menu is a contemporary interpretation of Asian cuisine, as signature Japanese and Thai dishes are Kevins specialties.

To Do in Chicago

There are at least as many activities and events to check out in Chicago as there are nicknames for the Second City, Chi-town, or Chicagoland. Lovers of culture have plenty on their to-do list with the Art Institute of Chicago the Museum of Science and History and the Navy Pier. The Kingston Mines and B.L.U.E.S. are two the night spots that continue to cultivate and produce one of Chicagos greatest byproducts: the blues. Both clubs are bona fide houses of blues. Every Thursday night from 10 p.m. to midnight, the Kingston broadcasts a live audio stream. There are live shows daily. Wherever great blues is heard, jazz can generally be found too. Jazz, the towns other natural byproduct, flows freely at Andys Jazz Club and Restaurant. The club features renowned headliners weekly. Catch a second wind at Second City. This is a most famous comedy club and a highly regarded academy of comedy. Performers at the club have gone to become to become comedic luminaries. Many of the shows involve improvisational techniques that originated from another local hotspot for entertainment, the Improv Olympics. It, too, is an entertaining nightclub and a valuable resource for young artisans seeking creative outlets to hone their talents.

The Cog Hill Golf & Country Club, the annual host of the PGAs BMW Championship, is southwest of Chicago in rural Lemont. Another great golf hookup near the city is the Pheasant Run Resort and Spa. The resort features two championship golf courses and a bevy of activities and amenities.

Chicago Must-Sees

See the city from 1,000 feet up at the renovated Hancock Observatory Tower. Tours are available from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. On a clear day visitors can see up to 80 miles away. The Sky Tour presents 16 recommended sites of Chicago while atop the tower. Windows on Chicago presents 80 favorite attractions, such as the Shedd Aquarium, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Lincoln Park Zoo, the Chicago Bulls' locker room at the United Center.

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