Lake Michigan is arguably Chicago’s greatest natural resource. It provides water for many to drink, a place to swim, and a a seemingly unending vista that can be a place for reflection after a day (or night) well spent.
Once upon a time, many hotels offered visitors and locals alike a place to rest their heads close to this field of azure. Today, there are few. One such well-appointed place is the W Lakeshore Chicago, which still offers a place for comfort, cocktails, and conversation. Come on in, stay awhile and explore your surroundings.
As you walk inside, you’ll notice that signature look that distinguishes the W hotels: a modern elegance that features brushed metals, Barcelona style chairs, and comfortable sitting nooks for families, friends, or those who just want to get to know each other better.
One rather notable touch on checking in is that visitors who are part of the Starwoods Preferred Guest (SPG) program can prearrange for a keyless entry to their room via their mobile app. It’s a nice touch and it makes everything a bit more seamless. For folks who have to do work in their rooms: SPG membership also means free Wi-Fi privileges.
After a recent refresh of the rooms, you can take advantage of six different room types depending on your own personal preferences and perhaps the number of those in your entourage. Every room has either a lovely view of the surrounding Streeterville neighborhood or, in many cases, Lake Michigan.
Other amenities in each room include flatscreen TVs, terrycloth robes, and fine throw pillows, including those with decorative images of the Chicago skyline, which is a nice bit of local flavor and a reminder of the city’s muscular architecture. Additionally, there are a range of suites available if you’re looking for something a bit more in terms of room and such.
Outside of the room (if you choose to leave at all), you should make a reservation at their signature restaurant, Current where you’ll find seasonal Italian and Mediterranean inspired cuisine here that includes fruits of the sea and land. Take a look at the menu before your visit, as it will give you a sense of their offerings. My nod here goes to the Skuna Bay salmon or the thin-crust pizzas, which have a billowy crust that is a bit on the lighter side.
And what to do out and about after you rest, eat and recline? I’d recommend checking out a bike from one of the nearby Divvy stations. You can take a long ride up and down the lake and if you’re feeling adventurous you can make your way to the Lincoln Park Zoo, Buckingham Fountain, or perhaps as far as Promontory Point in Hyde Park.
Additionally, if you’re traveling with children, the Chicago Children’s Museum on nearby Navy Pier is a gem. With plenty of hands-on exhibits, special activities, and much more, it’s a true marvel. Of course a bike ride paired with such a visit would constitute leisure for the body and mind.