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WHERE: Park Hyatt (800 N. Michigan Ave., 312-335-1234, parkchicago.hyatt.com) From $395.
THE GIST: Forget the chain-hotel ambiance that the word “Hyatt” conjures up. The brand’s flagship makes magic by compressing the best amenities—service, art, cuisine, and posh room details—into a beautiful hotel that shines in the middle of Michigan Avenue mayhem. The pièce de résistance is the newly refreshed seventh floor, where guests can linger over dinner at NoMI Kitchen or sip cocktails on the rooftop terrace. If the sky’s the limit, book the 1,400-square-foot Bottega Veneta suite (from $4,500), which overlooks the lake and is outfitted with furnishings from the fashion house.
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: Courtesy of hotel