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Michigan Avenue - 2017 - Issue 1 - Spring - Giuliana Rancic

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vivre in the city's Gold Coast. Boasting 415 luxury guest rooms, two must-try dining and drinking spots in Café des Architectes and Le Bar, and 10,000 square feet of meeting space, it's an appealing option with serious European flair. 20 E. Chestnut St., 312-324-4000; THOMPSON HOTEL Contemporary, hip design from renowned British creative Tara Bernard, one of the city's best hotel restaurants in One Off Hospitality Group's Nico Osteria, and picture- perfect location in the heart of the Gold Coast make this a truly sophisticated urban haven for cosmopolitan travelers. 21 E. Bellevue Pl., 312-266- 2100; THEWIT With bold, whimsical design, luxurious amenities like spa-inspired bathrooms and 42-inch high-definition TVs, and a buzzing rooftop lounge that draws crowds of locals and visitors alike to see and be seen, this stylish space just south of the Chicago River is one of the Loop's hottest destinations. 201 N. State St., 312-467-0200; EVENTS, ETC. ELI'S CHEESECAKE A Chicago institution since it made its debut at the first Taste of Chicago in 1980, this super-creamy confection invented by Eli Schulman has been enjoyed by Chicago mayors, US Presidents, and celebrities galore in classic flavors like original plain, chocolate chip, and strawberry and new varieties like chocolate hazelnut crunch and cookie butter. 6701 W. Forest Preserve Dr., 800-354-2253; EVENT CREATIVE From scenic design and event management to lighting, sound, video, and floral, this one-stop-shop event producer is known for its can-do philosophy and epic productions, from recent successes like Chicago Gourmet, Zoo Ball, and Steppenwoolf Theatre's square feet of event space, this expansive hotel (the city's largest) located along the Chicago River is a magnet for corporate travelers. 151 E. Wacker Dr., 312-565-1234; KINZIE HOTEL A prime setting in the heart of the River North dining and nightlife district plus luxe amenities like 42-inch flat-screen LED TVs, a 24-hour fitness center, pet-friendly rooms, and an evening cocktail reception equal one very chic boutique hotel. 20 W. Kinzie St., 312-395-9000; THE LANGHAM Consistently named among the top hotels in the world since its opening in 2013, this sumptuous retreat from the London-based luxury hospitality brand offers 24-hour butler service and a prime vantage point of the city from its iconic setting in Mies van der Rohe's 1971 IBM Building. INSIDER TIP: Get a taste of the good life with luxe afternoon tea in the lobby-level Pavilion. 330 N. Wabash Ave., 312-923- 9988; LOEWS HOTEL Tucked away in Streeterville between Michigan Avenue and Navy Pier, this gleaming high-rise hotel is a brilliant addition to Chicago's skyline and boasts 400 guest rooms (including 25 luxury suites) plus Iron Chef Jose Garces's meat-centric dining destination Rural Society. 455 N. Park Dr., 312-840-6600; chicago-downtown PARK HYATT Rising over the historic Water Tower at the north end of the Magnificent Mile, this elegant, contemporary-chic property's rooms boast contemporary artwork and sweeping views of the city and Lake Michigan. NoMI Kitchen restaurant and the Spa at NoMI are must-try locals' destinations in themselves. 800 N. Michigan Ave., 312-335-1234; THE PENINSULA This elegant oasis just off Michigan Avenue recently celebrated its 15th anniversary in Chicago with a next-level renovation to more than 300 guest rooms and suites. The on-site spa just might be the city's best. INSIDER TIP: Lobby-level hideaway The Bar is one of the city's classiest, clubbiest watering holes. 108 E. Superior St., 312-337-2888; THE RITZ-CARLTON Chicago hospitality veteran Peter Simoncelli has stepped into the GM role at this newly renovated Windy City institution, which boasts four-star service, a recently added Club Lounge, chic dining destination Deca, and a state-of-the-art fitness center, all adjacent to Water Tower Place shopping. 160 E. Pearson St., 312-266-1000; NEW SHERATON GRAND Set on the Chicago Riverwalk within strolling distance of Michigan Avenue, Millennium Park, and Navy Pier, this 1,200-room hotel scores with an indoor heated pool, on-site Shula's Steak House, and views of the lake, river, and city skyline. 301 E. North Water St., 312-464-1000; SOFITEL CHICAGO MAGNIFICENT MILE This angular, 32-floor glass high-rise is an ultra-sleek dose of Parisian joie de The stylishly sumptuous lobby of the Park Hyatt Chicago. MICHIGANAVEMAG.COM  131

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