Boutique Hotel and Spa Three Blocks from the Magnificent Mile
While most know Chicago’s downtown area for the high-end designers and multilevel malls on the Magnificent Mile, those exploring the neighborhood will find much more than shopping opportunities. The district boasts the nation’s second-highest concentration of art galleries. Iconic architecture like the Tribune Tower, the John Hancock Center, and Marina City can be seen within a one-mile stretch. Located in the middle of this neighborhood and just three blocks from the Magnificent Mile sits dana hotel and spa, which Conde Nast Traveler named to their 2011 Reader’s Choice Top 200 list and Forbes magazine named Chicago’s Best Boutique Hotel.
Melt away stress with spa at dana's aromatherapy massage, which uses essential oils from India, Asia, and the Middle East. Visitors also receive a dining credit at the newly opened Argent Restaurant & Raw Bar, which serves Midwestern fare of the late 1800s. The menu includes dishes such as the Carpet Bag Steak with Rocks (grilled skirt steak and oysters Rockefeller), specialty sashimi, and a dessert made from moon pie.
Named one of the top hotel bars in Chicago by Nightclub & Bar, the hotel’s Vertigo Sky Lounge overlooks the city from the 26th floor. DJs spin records every night of the week, and loungers can chill out beside the outdoor fire pit. Take in equally scenic city views from corner king rooms’ floor-to-ceiling windows.
Chicago's Loop: Historic Commercial Center with World-Class Museums and Parks
dana hotel & spa is situated just north of the Loop, Chicago's historic commercial center and the country’s second-largest business district. Skyscrapers loom large, including the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) and the Chicago Board of Trade. This part of town is also home to award-winning waterfront parks, a glitzy theater district, and some of the world’s finest art collections.
Half a mile from the hotel you can find the Art Institute of Chicago. There's a gargantuan collection of masterpiece works here, everything from marble busts and sarcophagi to modern masterpieces such as Edward Hopper's Nighthawks and Grant Wood's American Gothic. The Loop itself is also lined with a spectacular array of public art, including outdoor sculptures from Picasso and Joan Miro, and pointillist hopscotch grids.
Grant Park, known affectionately as "Chicago's front yard," occupies more than 300 acres along the lake directly across from the hotel. Modeled after the gardens at Versailles, the park is dotted with several impressive attractions, including Buckingham Fountain, The Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, and Adler Planetarium.
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