With a stay at Park Hyatt - Chicago, you'll be centrally located in Chicago, steps from Chicago Water Tower and Loyola University Museum of Art. This 5-star hotel is close to Millennium Park and Art Institute of Chicago.
Make yourself at home in one of the 198 air-conditioned rooms featuring iPod docking stations and LCD televisions. Your pillowtop bed comes with down comforters and Egyptian cotton sheets. Windows open to city and lake views. Wired and wireless Internet access is complimentary, while 46-inch high-definition televisions with satellite programming provide entertainment. Private bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers feature handheld showerheads and double sinks.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages and body treatments. You can take advantage of recreational amenities such as a health club, an indoor pool, and a spa tub. Additional amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access, babysitting/childcare, and wedding services.
Satisfy your appetite at the hotel's restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, or stay in and take advantage of 24-hour room service. At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, a 24-hour business center, and limo/town car service. Event facilities at this hotel consist of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and a ballroom. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge (available 24 hours), and extended parking is available onsite.
Table, Donkey and Stick: A User’s Guide
Alpine Comfort Food | Charcuterie | Convivial Atmosphere | Nose to Tail | Small-Production Wines
To start: duck-liver mousse and a cheese board with nutty Hubaner and paprika-finished Piper’s Pyramid goat cheese
To share: the Swabian pretzel, served with a cauliflower-and-Comté fondue
To tuck in: the braised goat Maultaschen, dressed in mother’s milk, celery root, black trumpet mushrooms, and black truffle
Where to Sit: Options abound according to mood. Intimate two-tops are tucked into the front of the house, while communal tables are found in back. In fine weather, ask to be seated on the back patio, which gets its warmth from a fire pit and its aromas from the meats marinating in the restaurant’s outdoor smoker.
When to Go: On Monday evenings, the restaurant offers a $5 menu alongside its regular menu. The offerings vary but always include a burger special, which is made even better with cheap drinks such as a 99-cent Miller High Life.
While You’re Waiting
Grab a drink at the bar, where knowledgeable bartenders can tell you all about the ingredients in cocktails with names such as Good, Better, Besk and Judy Garland.
If it’s crowded, step across the street to Katherine Anne Confections and sample caramel-stout truffles to whet your palate.
Don’t skip the charcuterie. All of the meat is cured in-house, and the restaurant strives to use the whole animal whenever possible. Plus, it comes with delicious breads also made onsite.
What’s up with that name? Behind the bar you’ll see a copy of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale that inspired the unusual moniker. Ask one of the bartenders for the condensed version.
Speck: cured pork leg seasoned with juniper, laurel, and rosemary
Sweetbreads: mellow-tasting, smooth-textured morsels taken from a lamb or calf’s thymus gland or pancreas
While You’re in the Neighborhood
Before: Take a pleasant stroll along The 606, Chicago’s answer to New York’s High Line, and exit at California Avenue. Table, Donkey and Stick is a mere three blocks away.
After: Skip the pricey dessert menu and hit up Tastee-Freez for some dip cones or malteds. | 2815 W. Armitage Avenue
Les Nomades: A User's Guide
French Cuisine | Gold Coast | Jacket Required | Highbrow Hangout
First course: assorted house-prepared pâtés
Second course: warm lobster-and-shrimp salad with pickled mango
Main course: roasted duck breast and confit duck leg in green-peppercorn sauce
Dessert: Grand Marnier soufflé
Where to Sit: If it's chilly and you have your pick, ask for a spot by one of the wood-burning fireplaces.
When to Go: For a lighter (or simply less pricey) dinner, stop by before 5:30 p.m. to sample from the three-course pretheater menu.
While You're Waiting
Pretend it's 1978—when Les Nomades was an invitation-only private club—and that your tablemates are the people you have to impress to gain entry.
Expand your intellectual horizons by eavesdropping on nearby conversations—the restaurant's celebrity visitors have included "more Nobel laureates than rock stars," owner Mary Beth Liccioni told the Chicago Tribune.
Confit: a dish made by salt-curing meat (frequently duck) before cooking and storing it in its own rendered fat.
Sweetbreads: these mellow-tasting, smooth-textured morsels don't come from the bakery. Rather, they're harvested from the thymus gland or pancreas of a calf or lamb.
While You're in the Neighborhood
Before: See what's on the calendar at the Alliance Française de Chicago (810 N. Dearborn Street)—Francophilic fun often includes film screenings, cooking classes, and lectures on literature, wine, and fashion.
After: Remain in the lap of luxury by sipping a nightcap at The Bar at The Peninsula (108 E. Superior Street), where a cozy fireplace helps illuminate chic, art nouveau–inspired decor.
Imagine: it's a wintry night in Lincoln Park. You're crossing the bridge over South Pond, the downtown skyline shimmering to your left, the zoo's holiday lights twinkling to your right. It's undoubtedly romantic, but, in true Chicago fashion, it's also really cold. Luckily, just beyond the groves of snow-laden trees, lies Geja's Cafe, a cozy fondue spot perpetually adored as one of Chicago's most romantic restaurants.
Looking back on Geja's nearly 50-year history, there is perhaps one story that crystallizes this reputation better than most. Owner John Davis once told the Chicago Tribune about a couple from Minnesota who traveled to Geja's for their first date, their engagement, their rehearsal dinner, and to celebrate the birth of their first baby. Small children aren't permitted inside because of the hot fondue pots so they jokingly asked if they could leave their baby at the coat check. The new mother working the counter happily obliged.
This anecdote lays out the qualities that have helped Geja's endure for a half-century as one of the city's most beloved dining institutions. Here's a closer look at those characteristics, starting, of course, with the ambience.
Geja's has an entire page on its website devoted to couples who have gotten engaged there. Proposers can call ahead to have management help with arrangements, or they can just let the low lighting, flickering candles, and curtained-off tables set the scene.
Geja's three-course fondue dinners make for an incredibly memorable meal. Servers fire up a cast-iron pot for each stage, first with brandy-spiked gruyere for dipping fruits and breads, then with soybean oil for cooking veggies and a choice of meats, and lastly with flaming chocolate for torching marshmallows and embarrassing diary entries.
"You get a feel of serenity when you walk in," Janice Koch, longtime neighbor of the restaurant once told the Tribune. "You're not rushed or pushed. It's all just... consistent." Guests are free to navigate meals at their own pace, also taking time to enjoy the extensive wine list (which includes three private-label varietals) and live flamenco guitar.
Le Colonial: A User’s Guide
Vietnamese-French Fusion | Romantic | Special Occasion | Press Praise
Chao tom: grilled shrimp that are wrapped around sugar cane and served on a bed of angel-hair noodles, mint, cilantro, and lettuce with a peanut-and-plum dipping sauce
Ca chien saigon: seared whole red snapper in a spicy-sour sauce
Sup do bien: Vietnamese bouillabaisse in a saffron-and-lemongrass broth
“Le Colonial transports guests to another time and place, vividly recapturing the beauty, romance and spirit of 1920's French-Colonial Southeast Asia.” — Check, Please!
"Bold flavors, an abundance of fresh ingredients and a touch of spice.” — Chicago Tribune
“As for the food, it’s as impressive as the ambiance.” — Windy City Times
Where to Sit: The whole restaurant is an oasis, but the second floor open balcony looks out over Rush Street, making it the perfect spot to dine al fresco, but without the noise or interruption of people passing by on the sidewalk.
The main courses are large, so if you aren’t especially hungry, you can split an appetizer and an entree and still feel full.
The menu is in Vietnamese, but don’t worry about pronouncing a dish wrongly. Every item is numbered, and that’s how the wait staff refer to them as well.
While You’re in the Neighborhood
Before: Have a drink at Le Bar in the Sofitel (20 E. Chestnut Street). The craft cocktails pair well with the floor-to-ceiling windows and people watching.
After: If you are too full for dessert right away, turn the corner and browse the Sprinkles Cupcake ATM (50 E. Walton Street) to find a portable treat for later.
Kiki’s Bistro: A User’s Guide
French Country Cooking | Date-Night Atmosphere | Sommelier-Driven Wines | Renowned Coq au Vin
Appetizer: french onion soup
Entree: duck confit that the Chicago Reader called “succulent”
Dessert: crème brûlée with a bottom layer of chocolate
Where to Sit: When it’s open, the terrace sets a dreamy backdrop thanks to a canopy of leafy branches overhead and strings of oversize gold light bulbs that mimic candlelight.
The Vibe: Bottles of wine are tucked into every corner of the dining room, which exudes an ambiance that seems like it’s torn directly from French postcards. Exposed wood beams create an earthy look, and conch-shell-pink tablecloths add a burst of unexpected color.
Valet parking is free, so there’s no need to circle the block.
Before you go, check the restaurant’s Facebook page, which often advertises special themed menus.
Bouillabaisse: traditional one-pot fish stew originating in the French city of Marseille; it’s usually served with bread and aioli.
Steak au poivre: steak seared in a crust of cracked peppercorns, leaving it rare to medium-rare inside.
While You’re in the Neighborhood
Before: Visit the Zygman Voss Gallery (222 W. Superior Street), a neighborhood gem where you can get up close to works from Renoir and Miró.
After: Performances at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts (1016 N. Dearborn Street) showcase modern dance, classic dance, and every style in between.