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FOR: Your Tony aunt and uncle
WHERE: Four Seasons (120 E. Delaware Pl., 312-280-8800, fourseasons.com/chicagofs) From $399.
THE GIST: Their requirement: a hotel near Michigan Avenue and Oak Street that boasts unparalleled lake views. Your answer: one of the 435 rooms of this refined hotel atop the 900 North Michigan Shops. The Four Seasons conveys luxury with its tall windows, marble bathrooms stocked with L’Occitane products, and the museum-quality art in its meandering public spaces. But guests will also discover refreshing doses of whimsy throughout, such as the optic prints in the lobby by Julian Opie and an incredible homemade hot dog ($14) in the comfort-food-driven restaurant, Allium.
KEY TO SYMBOLS
Good value Boutique (<200 rooms) Family friendly Great bar scene Trendy restaurant
Scenery (views, etc.) Pool Spa Free Wi-Fi 24-hour room service
Photograph: Peter Vitale