Hotel at a Glance: Five-Star The Peninsula Chicago
Travel + Leisure has ranked The Peninsula Chicago among the world's best hotels for three consecutive years. Part of the five-star hotel's award-winning charm is its location: around the corner from the world-famous architecture, designer boutiques, and celebrity-owned restaurants on the Windy City's iconic Magnificent Mile.
- Upscale eats include bistro-style fare at Pierrot Gourmet, Cantonese dishes ranging from dim sum to a three-course Peking duck dinner at the Zagat-rated rooftop Shanghai Terrace, and contemporary-American cuisine in an elegant setting at The Lobby, which recently earned a three-star review from Chicago Tribune and four stars from Chicago magazine.
- See Lake Michigan from the indoor pool's floor-to-ceiling windows.
- Art nouveau decor adorns the onsite bar, where guests can sip cognac before a crackling fireplace.
- Holistic spa services range from bamboo and Bali-inspired massages to Ayurvedic body treatments; this deal comes with a 20% off credit.
- Healthy options: Guests at The Spa can order healthy snacks poolside or on the sun terrace in warmer months. Any of the hotel's dining establishments can accommodate gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, lactose-free, or carb-free diets, as well.
- Fitness classes include complimentary power yoga and aqua Pilates.
- Kids will enjoy a visit from the hotel's mascot, Peter the Bear, who can be scheduled to visit families in guest rooms or at the pool. The hotel has a variety of family-friendly activities and programs available by request through their concierge.
Chicago's Magnificent Mile: Upscale Boutiques and Historic Architecture
On Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, landmark skyscrapers, such as the John Hancock Center and the Wrigley Building, tower over the city's liveliest retail corridor. In total, the stretch of high-end real estate houses some 460 stores, ranging from exclusive designers, such as Armani and Chanel, to beloved brands including Apple, American Girl, and Gap. Double-decker buses and horse-drawn carriages circle the Chicago Water Tower, a limestone icon that survived the Great Chicago Fire, and droves of shoppers navigate eight levels of boutiques and cafés at the nearby Water Tower Place.
Lake Shore Drive runs two blocks east of Michigan Avenue. Travel + Leisure called this stretch “the greatest architecture road on earth” thanks to the superstar skyscrapers lined up along the lakefront. Looming above them all, of course, is the Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower)—the tallest building in North America. Runners, cyclists, and runaway lawn mowers travel the adjoining Lakefront Trail throughout the year. A mile and a half north, crowds gather at North Avenue Beach during the summer to people watch, play volleyball, and listen to live music at beachfront bars.