Hotel at a Glance: Four Points by Sheraton Chicago Downtown/Magnificent Mile
Four Points by Sheraton Chicago Downtown/Magnificent Mile overlooks bustling Michigan Avenue—referred to as the Magnificent Mile thanks to its many brand-name department stores. The hotel’s convenient location just north of the Loop offers guests easy access to some of Chicago’s most iconic landmarks, including the Bean, the Museum Campus, and Wrigley Field. Overnighters are also within walking distance of glittering Lake Michigan.
- Grab a bite at one of two onsite restaurants. Sushi Taiyo serves up Japanese cuisine and fresh sushi rolls; E.leaven Food Company offers breakfast and lunch sandwiches, soups, and salads.
- Home away from home: Guest rooms feature free WiFi, 37-inch flat-screen TVs, refrigerators, coffeemakers, microwaves, and free bottled water. Extra Comfy rooms also feature robes and blankets.
- Take a dip in the indoor heated pool.
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, this 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.