Four Seasons Chicago in a Nutshell:
Although it opened in 1989, the Four Seasons Chicago has an ageless appearance that evokes European elegance with its marble floors and crystal chandeliers. The hotel contains 345 guest rooms, located on floors 30 to 46 of a 66-story tower. A formal, stately hotel that's so close to the riches of Chicago's Magnificent Mile, it's actually inside the same building that houses Bloomingdale's and scores of other high-end retailers. Yet even casual couples will feel welcome at the Four Seasons Chicago when the doorman greets them by name and the reception clerk escorts them to the guest room elevators for the first time.
Guest Rooms at Four Seasons Chicago:
Views will make guests feel on top of the world. The best rooms for window-watchers end in "25" e.g. 3725. From those aeries, you'll not only look down upon Chicago's Magnificent Mile: the corner bedroom also overlooks vast Lake Michigan. These suites feature a parlor-type living room with a couch, chair, 36" flatscreen TV, DVD player, and glass-topped work desk. Unlike most other Four Seasons hotels, the Chicago properties (which include the Ritz-Carlton Chicago) provide free wi-fi. L'Occitane soaps and sundries, a bathroom night light, and a lighted magnifying makeup mirror are thoughtful amenities.
Dining at Four Seasons Chicago:
The Four Seasons Chicago contains two restaurants, Bistro and Seasons. Both are high-ceilinged, with big picture windows and tables positioned at a discreet distance from one another. Bistro is the place to go morning till night; we enjoyed starting our day there with a plate of house-smoked gravlax and a toasted bagel. Seasons, a more formal space, is open for dinner Wednesday through Saturday and Sunday brunch. Its modern American Midwest cuisine is enhanced by pickings from the chef's roof garden and local farmers markets. Seasons also has private dining spaces where couples could host a rehearsal dinner.
Weddings at Four Seasons Chicago:
Big and lavish but tasteful weddings are the Four Seasons Chicago's stock in trade. The grand ballroom can easily accommodate 500 guests at a seated dinner and serve more at a cocktail reception. Brides particularly appreciate the Bridal Lounge just off the ballroom, where they can dress, change, freshen up, and meditate on their change in status. There's also a grand staircase that provides a classic setting for wedding photographs. The Four Seasons Chicago also has smaller rooms that can be converted into celebration space.
Honeymoons and Romance at Four Seasons Chicago:
Although some couples choose the Four Seasons Chicago as their final honeymoon destination, many brides and grooms book a night here between the wedding and the day they depart Chicago’s O'Hare airport for a faraway honeymoon. Other couples defer the honeymoon and treat themselves to a few nights here after the wedding. One unique amenity is the Martini Man, who will come to your room with his traveling cart and shake 'em up; it's like having a private bartender. Romantic touches, such as a rose-petal turndown, are available upon request. Do check the hotel's website for info on current romance packages.
Activities at Four Seasons Chicago:
The Four Seasons Chicago features a gorgeous 50-foot indoor swimming pool with a circular hot tub under a skylit dome. The pool, which is open from 6am to 11pm daily, is heated to a bathtub-like 84-85 degrees and is especially inviting when Chicago's cool outside. The only drawback is that children are permitted, and there are no adults-only hours. The Four Season's spa and fitness club section also includes a dry sauna and steam room. Couples massages are available.
Nearby the Four Seasons Chicago:
Two concierges are on duty to offer directions and suggestions. Half a block off North Michigan Avenue, aka the Magnificent Mile, the world's best-known upscale brands flaunt their wares. Couples planning on furnishing a new home will find stylish merchandise in the three-story Crate & Barrel (the brand originated here). But don't spend all your time shopping. Walk a few blocks beyond the Magnificent Mile to the Museum of Contemporary Art. Spacious and light-filled, it exhibits thought-provoking work by living artists. And the world-famous Art Institute is a short bus ride away.
Drawbacks at Four Seasons Chicago:
We loved the views from our "25" corner suite. But did the architects have to drastically reduce bathroom space? There's a nice tub surrounded by pink marble, but the toilet and shower are crammed into space so tight it's claustrophobic. We also were disappointed to not receive a turndown treat, not even a bottle of water. All housekeeping left at night was a laundry bag, a breakfast order form, and earplugs. To be fair, we did get a seasonal amenity tray — apples and apple juice plus a jar of crunchy nuggets — upon arrival. The Four Seasons also has one of those dastardly pick-it-up-and-get-charged-for-it minibars.
Four Seasons Chicago Vibe:
The Four Seasons Chicago helps guests feel at home by providing conveniences that include 36" flatscreen TVs with HBO (and more sports channels than any human being could need), an iHome iPod dock next to the bed, and the complimentary newspaper of your choice (what a treat it was to receive the thick Sunday New York Times). As it's one of the city's most expensive hotels, the Four Seasons Chicago tends to attract well-heeled guests. We got a chuckle overhearing this in the elevator: "Here's how I know Brad loves me: I wrecked his Range Rover — and he didn't get mad."
Four Seasons Chicago Info and Reservations:
Four Seasons Chicago
120 East Delaware Place
Chicago, Illinois 60611-1428
Official Hotel Web Site
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