Accommodations Steps from Michigan Avenue
Ask any Chicagoan about where to find the Cloud Gate sculpture in Millennium Park, and you might get a raised eyebrow in response. That’s because around town, the huge, mirrored, kidney-shaped icon is better known as “The Bean.” In the work’s curving, seamless surface, you can see a reflection of the city skyline behind you. After snapping some pictures, turn around for a wide-open shot of Michigan Avenue. Just a block west, The Silversmith Hotel & Suites is ideally located for an action-packed vacation in Chicago’s Loop.
A doorman welcomes guests to the hotel, which is tucked into a row of historic buildings on Wabash Avenue. Inside, elegant rooms and suites feature 12-foot ceilings, free WiFi, and Arts and Crafts–style decor. There’s a 24-hour concierge staff that can help make reservations at the city’s best restaurants or acquire last-minute show tickets. An onsite gym stays open all night, allowing for post-deep-dish-pizza workouts.
Ada’s Famous Deli & Restaurant occupies the ground floor. Here you’ll find a robust menu of New York–style delicatessen sandwiches, soups, and breakfast food. Daily breakfast for two at Ada’s is included with this Groupon. Next door, the 14 Karat Lounge provides signature cocktails six nights a week and stays open until midnight.
Chicago's Magnificent Mile: Upscale Boutiques and Historical 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.
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