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FOR: You and your sweetie
WHERE: Public (1301 N. State Pkwy., 312-787-3700, publichotels.com) From $195.
THE GIST: Ian Schrager’s first foray into the Chicago market reflects his “less isn’t just more, it’s better” philosophy with its airy 16-foot lobby ceilings, minimalist palette, and location on a subdued stretch of the Gold Coast. The hotel’s proximity to the lake and to Rush Street makes it a good choice for couples who want a night on the town. For those who prefer to stay in, a gilded lounge and the refurbished Pump Room pulse with the energy of a see-and-be-seen crowd.
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