Luxurious landmarks make for spectacular weekend getaways

If you’re planning a trip to Chicago this summer, there are literally hundreds of hotels catering to visitors in this fabulous metropolis. So make a weekend out of it or stay longer. Go see a few plays. Visit the museums. Dine in world-class restaurants. And, oh yeah, shop the Mag Mile. Check out, then check in, to two of Chicago’s finest.

Four Seasons Hotel Chicago: Still the Grand Dame.

This famous landmark has been a part of Chicago’s landscape since 1989 and is renowned for its fabulous location, luxurious accommodations, award-winning dining, deluxe spa, and fi tness center. You don’t just walk into the Four Seasons; you ascend to the 7th fl oor and enter it. Here you’ll be welcomed into an opulent lobby where all of Chicago meets and greets.

The hotel boasts 345 elegant guest rooms and suites, offering spacious accommodations with classic marble bathrooms, LCD flat screen televisions, and wireless Internet. My Deluxe Executive Suite, high on the 43rd fl oor, was surrounded by open windows with exquisite views looking down Michigan Ave. Facing west, the way the street lights lined up, I felt like I was landing a 757 at O’Hare.

 

Located adjacent to the 900 Shops on North Michigan Ave. (also known as the Bloomingdale’s building), the Four Seasons has a direct entrance to the mall. How great is that, you don’t even have to go outside! Upon check-in at Four Seasons, you’ll receive a special 900 Shops savings booklet good at the many fine shops and restaurants.

The sumptuous Seasons restaurant is a recent recipient of a Michelin star and the coveted Forbes Four Star and AAA Five Diamond awards. Seasons offers contemporary American cuisine in an elegant setting with glorious lakeside views.

Sunday brunch is classic and refined with the tinkling of the ivories playing softly in the background. You’ll smile when you see the small buffet trolley that holds pancakes and French toast for the little ones.

Kids Welcome!

Four Seasons really caters to the young folk. How about a visit from the ice cream man? Or the bedtime butler who will read stories to your children? Young guests can wheel around town in Radio Flyer wagons, complimentary to families for trips to the nearby park or beach.

“Girlfriend getaways are one of our most popular packages,” says Terri Hickey, Public Relations Director. “We can arrange to have the ‘Martini Man’ come to your room and whip up your favorites or special in spa treatments for your guests. The best part is you really do feel like you’re getting away.”

Take advantage of their “Stay Longer” package. Book two nights and the third night is free. Now that’s an even better reason to get away from it all at Four Seasons! 

120 EastDelaware Place, Chicago; 312-280-8800; fourseasons.com/chicagofs.

Trump International Hotel and Tower Chicago Trumps All

When you arrive at Trump Tower, you know that you’ve arrived. This magnificent hotel, soaring 92 stories, now joins the ranks as the newest landmark in the city skyline. Featuring contemporary architecture and luxury throughout, you’ll

feel enveloped in a warm, distinctly residential ambience. Set in the seventh tallest building in the world, Trump Tower offers 339 lavish guestrooms and suites with award-winning amenities. Sixteen, their fine dining restaurant, features modern American cuisine with views as outstanding as the gastronomy.

Recently, the hotel was ranked first in Large Scale Hotels in the U.S., and 20th in the World’s Best Hotels overall category by Travel + Leisure’s 2010 “World’s Best Awards.” But it’s the innovative touches that made my stay in a Deluxe King guestroom so spectacular, like the television that appeared in the bathroom mirror. Both a separate

state-of-the-art shower and deep soaking tub are behind a single glass partition. Floor to ceiling windows with expansive views are revealed by dramatic drapes that pull back with just the press of a button. A Nespresso Beverage System and top-of-the-line kitchen appliances let you host a little in-room entertaining. Luxurious bedding, coupled with Bellino Italian linens, makes you feel like you’re sleeping inside a cloud.

Trump Tower offers several getaway packages. Unforgettable Romance creates a memorable evening and morning with one night’s stay, dinner for two at Sixteen, inroom bottle of champagne, and a romantic turndown with truffles and continental breakfast. Enjoy the pampering a little longer with their Multi-Night Stay offer. Take 20 percent off of a two-night stay and 30 percent off of three nights or more. See their website for other special offers.

After a night on the town, it was great to just walk back to our hotel and call it an evening. Next morning, the valet handed us two bottles of Trump Tower water. “For the ride home,” he says. What a nice send-off. Thanks, Mr. Trump, for making all of your guests feel like such VIPs!

Trump Towers, 401 North Wabash Ave., Chicago; 312-588-8000; trumpchicagohotel.com.

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