As nightfall settles on Michigan Avenue, the vintage red neon of the "Allerton Tip Top Tap" sign flickers on, illuminating the Italian Renaissance–style hotel's brown brick façade. The iconic sign shines as a vestige of The Allerton Hotel's former lounge, a hot spot where Hollywood legends such as Jimmy Stewart and Ginger Rogers once clinked cocktails and danced the jitterbug. One of the earliest high rises to spring up along the Chicago's budding skyline in 1924, the Allerton still conjures a sense of nostalgia, albeit with a modern twist. From the restored Tip Top Tap ballroom to the chic lobby, remnants of the hotel's glamorous history echo throughout the recently remodeled interior as visitors indulge in 21st-century amenities amid classic art-deco accents.
Plush chartreuse booths splash color on black-and-white décor amid power-lunching businesspeople and smartly dressed vacationers within the chic M Avenue Restaurant. Gliding across checkered tiles, friendly servers issue cocktails and contemporary American cuisine as families warm by the sleek, freestanding fireplace. Upstairs in the suite's stylish confines, in-room dining allows guests to enjoy the same delectable fare while sipping wine and reclining against upholstered headboards. In addition to plush bedding and marble bathrooms, each room comes equipped with an iPod docking station for streaming tunes or instructions on removing red wine from upholstered headboards.
Chicago's Magnificent Mile: Upscale Boutiques and Historical Architecture
The Allerton’s front door opens directly onto Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile, where landmarks such as the John Hancock Center and the Wrigley Building ascend amid an array of upscale boutiques. Double-decker buses and horse-drawn carriages clip across cobblestone streets near the Chicago Water Tower, a Gothic-style remnant of the Great Chicago Fire, and droves of shoppers navigate the eight levels of restaurants and retail stores at nearby Water Tower Place.
Visitors in possession of a CTA pass and an intrepid spirit can access a world of attractions beyond the busy sidewalks of downtown Chicago. The Museum of Science and Industry, about 6 miles south of the Loop, houses 14 acres of exhibits, including a real German U-boat and Max Planck’s Gameboy. Due west of the Loop and easily accessible via the Green Line “L” train, the Garfield Park Conservatory houses hundreds of exotic floral species within an impressive network of greenhouses built at the turn of the 20th century.
What You Get
For $99, a one-night stay for two adults and up to two kids in a standard room with one queen bed
Or, for $109, a one-night stay for two adults and up to two kids in a standard room with one king bed or two double beds
Or, for $119, a one-night stay for two adults and up to two kids in a superior suite