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This holiday season, unless you’re eager to cede control of your couch and your TV remote, you’re going to need a compulsively researched no-fail list of Chicago hotels where you can confidently park all of your visitors. We canvassed the city for suggestions, ranging from art-school-cool boutiques that will charm your friends without breaking the bank to sure-fire splurges guaranteed to please even your discerning mother-in-law. And in case it’s you and your sweetie who need to escape it all, our list includes picks for three of the city’s most romantic hotels. ’Tis the season, after all, for snuggling up and rekindling the flame. See below to start booking.
FOR: Your discerning mother-in-law
WHERE: Peninsula (108 E. Superior St., 312-337-2888, peninsula.com/chicago) From $395.
THE GIST: Surrounded by elegance and Far Eastern hospitality, high-maintenance relatives will breathe their first sighs of relief when they spy, on the fifth floor, the palatial restaurant with its gold-domed ceiling. (The Sunday brunch is $75—and extraordinary.) But they can truly exhale in the big classic guest rooms, which offer Michigan Avenue views and bathtubs with TVs. Kids who score a night with their grandparents will love the Pen Kids’ Academy, which organizes scavenger hunts ($49). Grandma, meanwhile, can de-stress in the dreamy spa with an aromatherapy massage ($165)
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: Nathan Kirkman
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