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If you’re coming to Chicago from near or far, you may well enjoy the charms of being out and about in River North. It’s right next to the Chicago River (hence its clever name) and you can walk into the Loop or over to Michigan Avenue in just a few minutes. With a raft of lively bars and nightspots, there’s quite a bit to do. I’d recommend a stay at the lovely Kinzie Hotel, as the staff are welcoming and the amenities in the rooms are quite fine. 

Chicago is an architecture buff's playground—it's even, some have argued, the best architectural city in America. Stay overnight in the marvelous Alise Chicago Hotel while visiting the city, and you’ll be staying in a masterwork by Daniel Burnham, urban planner famous for his 1909 plan for Chicago, and architect of many great Chicago buildings, including the Columbian Exposition.

The bustle at the Kimpton Hotel Allegro starts as soon as you step off the sidewalk on Randolph Street in the Chicago Theatre District and up the stairs into their lobby. With its Art Deco interior and the welcoming feel you’ll get when checking in, it’s easy to see why so many people make the Hotel Allegro their home-away-from home when visiting Chicago.

Spiaggia Restaurant Chicago

Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and so is Chicago Theatre Week (February 9–19)—it's the perfect date-night opportunity! Take advantage of Chicago Theatre Week discounts at participating downtown theaters as well as discounted hotel rooms for Valentine's Day. With the money you save, you can take your sweetie to dinner beforehand. Read on to find our inspired dinner, theater and hotel pairings perfect for a romantic and memorable Valentine's Day 2017. 

Perched right on Ohio Street, the ACME Hotel Company Chicago offers up a lodging experience that is the most rock and roll thing about the bustling neighborhood River North. It’s the perfect headquarters for an entire weekend that might include stops at the nearby Eataly food emporium, the Redhead Piano Bar, and back to the ACME’s own Berkshire Room for a night cap. Explore the ins and outs of ACME Hotel Company, and the restaurants and things to do nearby.

Dana Hotel and Spa Chicago

Amid the hustle and bustle of River North, the Dana Hotel and Spa in Chicago offers a bit of tranquility with its wonderfully appointed rooms and suites. The hotel always offered a bit of nightlife of their own with Vertigo Sky Lounge, which for eight years was their four-season rooftop lounge. Just announced is a new cocktail concept which will take the 26th floor space to even greater heights!

The elegance and beauty of the Palmer House Hilton earns it a spot at the top of luxury hotel lists and it's location in the heart of the Loop makes it a popular pick for business and leisure travelers alike. But beyond the gilded ceilings and prized art works, the hotel represents another kind of treasure—tangible Chicago history.

Fairmont Chicago

Located in the hustle and bustling Lakeshore East neighborhood just east of Michigan Avenue and south of the Chicago River, the Fairmont Chicago is a perfect home base for a weekend out in the city. Whether you’re coming from another corner of the city or from farther away, it’s the place to relax and also do a bit of local exploration.

P is for the Palmer House Peacocks: Chicago A–Z

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 12:00 AM by Max Grinnell

Palmer House Peacocks

Every major American city has a jewelry story that has appealed to high society, and Chicago is no exception. The city's first jewelry store was run by one Elijah Peacock, which he opened in 1837, the same year Chicago was established as a city. In a very real sense it predated the establishment of a nouveau riche class of Chicago residents. Nevertheless, the store served members of the moneyed elite, who stepped into the store through a set of doors that exemplified the riches inside.

The Best Hotel Restaurants in Downtown Chicago

Monday, December 5, 2016 12:00 AM by Maddy Osman

Travelle Kitchen and Bar

When planning where to stay, dining options may play second or even third fiddle to location and pricing. But in Chicago, they don't have to. Nestled inside Chicago's most prestigious hotels are some of the best chefs and the best food this city has to offer—right in the heart of the city. The best part? You don’t have to be a guest to test out some of the best hotel restaurants in Chicago’s downtown. Here are a few can’t-beat spots.

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