“Japonais is a culinary experience that blends immense enjoyment with sturdy savoir faire,” declared former Chicago Sun-Times food critic Pat Bruno, writing of the sleek Asian eatery near the edge of the Chicago River. While one coexecutive chef, Jun Ichikawa, lends his expertise to the sushi side of the restaurant’s menu, the other, Gene Kato, designs its selection of hot plates. Together, they churn out traditional and modern dishes—such as the house-specialty Kobe prime rib and Le Quack Japonais, a house-smoked duck slathered in hoisin sauce and mango chutney—whose appeal led Condé Nast to name their establishment one of the top 66 restaurants in the world. Ingredients from both surf and turf star at the sushi bar, which serves options such as spicy king-crab nigiri and a Crazy Veggie roll that insists on wearing its lab coat and goggles at all times. As selections emerge from the kitchen, says Bruno, “the presentations … are elegant … the shapes and swoops of the plates are a feast for the eyes.”
The two dining rooms at Japonais meld industrial Japanese design with a touch of European richness. Squares of gold velvet frame an oversize mirror that hangs over the Red Room, the restaurant’s more formal dining space. Across the hall, the Green Room’s slate-and-brick fireplace and whimsical tree centerpieces that occasionally don sweatpants add to its more relaxed atmosphere. Wavy ceiling panels and Lucite chandeliers accentuate the high ceilings that unite the two spaces, hanging over a staircase that leads downstairs to the riverwalk café. There, sheer drapery panels frame views of the Chicago River for those seated on pillow-laden couches and chairs. As they lounge, guests can sip specialty cocktails or enlist the top-shelf liquors to help them win gargling contests against the river.
Located in Las Vegas (South of The Strip), South Point Hotel, Casino, and Spa is within the vicinity of Town Square Las Vegas and Rio Secco Golf Club. This 4-star resort is within the vicinity of Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign and Bali Hai Golf Club. n Rooms
Make yourself at home in one of the 2079 air-conditioned rooms featuring iPod docking stations and flat-screen televisions. 42-inch high-definition televisions with premium TV channels provide entertainment, while complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature designer toiletries and complimentary toiletries. Conveniences include laptop-compatible safes and desks, as well as phones with voice mail. n Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy body treatments and facials. Gambling sorts can try their luck at the casino, while others may prefer a casino or a spa tub. Additional amenities include a concierge desk, an arcade/game room, and gift shops/newsstands. n Dining
Satisfy your appetite at the resort's restaurant, which serves lunch, dinner, and brunch. Dining is also available at a coffee shop/café, and 24-hour room service is provided. While enjoying a refreshing dip in the resort pool, you can order your favorite drink at the poolside bar. n Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a business center, a computer station, and business services. Event facilities at this resort consist of a conference center, conference/meeting rooms, and small meeting rooms. A roundtrip airport shuttle is complimentary at scheduled times.
With more than 700 locations, Jamba Juice proves to the masses that nutrition can be speedy and delicious. Since the beginning, the company’s product philosophy has revolved around choosing whole fruits and other natural ingredients over artificial flavorings, sweeteners, and preservatives. The menu is completely free of high-fructose corn syrup and trans fats, and it offers additional accommodations for vegan and gluten-free diets.
This naturalistic approach is fully realized in Jamba Juice's selection of smoothies. Made with 100% fruit juice, sherbet, and frozen yogurt, the frosty delights range from all-fruit smoothies such as peach perfection and strawberry whirl to more indulgent creamy treats, including peanut butter moo'd, an enticing blend of peanut butter, bananas, nonfat vanilla frozen yogurt, and milk chocolate.
For those with heartier appetites, steel-cut oats steep in soymilk before being enhanced with toppings such as apples, cinnamon, and brown-sugar crumble. The lunch hour presents protein-packed mini wraps, toasted bistro sandwiches and California Flatbreads that pack only about 320–420 calories each.
To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend Human Rights" and "Protect The Planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while ultimately expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in over 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, “She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.”
Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness and social consciousness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to an EU-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the brand’s iconic body butters, facial products, and gift collections often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, Lucky, Seventeen and other national publications.
With a stay at Bellagio in Las Vegas (The Strip), you'll be minutes from Crystals at City Center and close to University of Nevada-Las Vegas. This 5-star resort is within close proximity of The Shoppes at the Palazzo and Sands Expo Convention Center. n Rooms
Make yourself at home in one of the 3,933 air-conditioned rooms featuring iPod docking stations and minibars. Your room comes with a pillowtop bed. Pay movies provides entertainment, and wired and wireless Internet access is available for a surcharge. Private bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers feature double sinks and televisions. n Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Take time to pamper yourself with a visit to the full-service spa. Before a night out at the casino, the 5 outdoor swimming pools are a perfect way to relax and recharge. Additional features include a concierge desk, gift shops/newsstands, and a hair salon. n Dining
Satisfy your appetite at the resort's restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Dining is also available at a coffee shop/café, and 24-hour room service is provided. Relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge or a poolside bar. n Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a business center, limo/town car service, and business services. Event facilities at this resort consist of a conference center, conference/meeting rooms, and small meeting rooms. Free self parking is available onsite.
Located in Las Vegas (The Strip), Wynn Las Vegas is minutes from Fashion Show Mall and The Shoppes at the Palazzo. This 5-star resort is within close proximity of Sands Expo Convention Center and The Auto Collections. n Rooms
Make yourself at home in one of the 2,716 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars and flat-screen televisions. Your room comes with a pillowtop bed. High-definition televisions with cable programming provide entertainment, while wireless Internet access (surcharge) keeps you connected. Bathrooms feature separate bathtubs and showers, televisions, and designer toiletries. n Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers body treatments and facials. While the golfer in the family is out on the course, you can enjoy above-par recreational amenities such as a casino and a golf course. This resort also features a concierge desk, gift shops/newsstands, and a hair salon. n Dining
Enjoy a bite to eat at a coffee shop/café, or stay in and take advantage of the resort's 24-hour room service. Relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge or a poolside bar. n Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a business center, limo/town car service, and business services. Event facilities at this resort consist of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and a ballroom. Free valet parking is available onsite.