Metropolitan Grandeur with Stunning City Views
Much like the iconic Cloud Gate sculpture (better known as “The Bean”) in Millennium Park, the Streeterville skyscraper glistens like a mirror, reflecting the buildings around it so that, at certain angles, it almost seems to disappear into the skyline. Throughout the 17 stories making up the Wyndham Chicago Hotel, views of a modern metropolis contrast with the hotel’s traditional-style décor, exuding the splendor of an early 20th-century luxury hotel. In the lobby, crystal chandeliers hang over granite and terrazzo, lighting a grand piano and a master staircase.
A AAA Four Diamond winner for 13 consecutive years, the Wyndham Chicago Hotel infuses its guests room with this old-world elegance while offering high-tech luxuries. In the one-bedroom suite, pristinely white linens cover beds and double-tiered curtains frame windows, which offers the sight of either the Chicago skyline or Lake Michigan. A separate sitting area groups armchairs and a pullout couch beside a desk wide enough to hold one’s collection of Jimmy Carter dolls.
A hot tub and steam room soothe tension out of tired muscles, and the indoor pool invites quick dips even as snowflakes fall outside. For dinner, the Caliterra Bar & Grille crafts a monthly rotating menu of Tuscan-inspired steak and northern Californian dishes served beneath a ceiling of exposed wooden beams.
Chicago: World-Class Shopping and Awe-Inspiring Architecture
A mere block from the hotel, the Magnificent Mile is home to dozens of fashion establishments, from trendy boutiques to triple-decker flagship stores. Near the southern edge of the strip, the Tribune Tower’s neo-gothic spires rise over the Chicago River. The tower’s base includes stones from more than 100 famous international sites, including the Taj Mahal, the Colosseum, and the Forbidden City. To the north, the John Hancock Center’s black, crisscrossed beams dominate the skyline, with a 95th-story restaurant overlooking Lake Michigan.
South in the Loop, El trains regularly rattle past twinkling marquees in Chicago’s renowned Theater District. Along the east edge of the Loop, Millennium Park attracts thousands of skaters between mid-November and mid-March with an ice rink perched at the feet of towering skyscrapers. Next door, the Art Institute of Chicago showcases iconic masterworks, including Monet’s Water Lilies, Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte — 1884, and van Gogh’s Portrait of Jerry Seinfeld.