Best Hotels for the 2012 Holidays

It seems like everyone you know is descending upon Chicago this year—and they all need a place to stay. Here are ten recommendations.

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Four Seasons

FOR: Your Tony aunt and uncle

WHERE: Four Seasons (120 E. Delaware Pl., 312-280-8800, fourseasons.com/chicagofs) From $399.

Four Seasons amenities

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 Good value    boutique Boutique (<200 rooms)   Family friendly Family friendly   Great bar scene Great bar scene   Trendy restaurant Trendy restaurant 
Scenery Scenery (views, etc.)   Pool Pool   Spa Spa   Free Wi-Fi Free Wi-Fi  24-hour room service 24-hour room service

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Photograph: Peter Vitale

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